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The 50 Greatest Yankee Games Paperback – April 1, 2006

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Tan, a baseball writer and die-hard New York Yankees fan, presents brief examinations of the 50 purportedly greatest games ever played by her team. The volume opens with the last-season game in October 1904, when 41-game winner Jack Chesbro flung a wild pitch, dashing New York's hopes of winning the American League pennant, and closes with Aaron Boone's walk-off homer against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to defeat the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 American League Championship Series (ALCS). In between, Tan places Don Larsen's perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series at the top of the Yankees's memorable contests, followed by game three of the 1932 fall classic when the Bambino supposedly belted the ""called shot,"" and the single-game playoff for the 1978 pennant when Bucky Dent's roundtripper broke the hearts of the Red Sox nation. Given the astonishing collapse of the Yankees in the final four games of last year's ALCS, this work already seems in need of an update. Nonetheless, it provides light enjoyment, with the appearance of all the usual suspects: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Jackson, Jeter, and the rest. Recommended for general libraries.-- R.C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico (""Library Journal, May 1, 2005)

""Tan does a fine job choosing the most important contests from 100 seasons of Yankee baseball and recounting them in a gripping style . . . . developing entertaining, dramatic story lines."" (""Publisher's Weekly)

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Where were you when Mickey Mantle hit a walk-off home run in the 1964 World Series? Does your great-uncle Morty still talk about the time he saw Don Larsen pitch a no-hitter? Have you gotten tired yet of telling the story about Aaron Boone's walk-off home run that won the 2003 pennant?

Every Yankee fan has a memory they will never forget or a game they wish they had been present to witness. Covering an entire century of New York Yankees baseball, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games brings together the best (and sometimes worst) moments experienced by the most successful sports franchise on the planet. From history-making plays to incredible individual achievements, from regular season games to playoffs to the World Series, Cecilia Tan deftly recreates the suspense, excitement, and drama on the field, putting you right at home plate as the action unfolds.

Drawing upon her extensive research, Tan devotes each fact-packed chapter to a single game, incorporating exclusive interviews with players, personal recollections, and quotes from newspapers and magazines of the time, as well as vintage photographs and trivia about the people, places, and events that made these games legendary. You'll hear from such Yankee greats as Yogi Berra, Al Downing, Whitey Ford, Joe Girardi, Dwight Gooden, Reggie Jackson, Phil Linz, Graig Nettles, and Roy White, to name a few. You'll also meet the not-so-famous figures who contributed to unforgettable moments in Yankee history.

From the triumphs to the heartbreaks, you'll be there as: Bert Daniels enters the record books in 1912 by hitting for the cycle. Babe Ruth performs the most debated gesture in sports history. Joe DiMaggio reaches one milestone on hisway to another. "The Wild Man" tames the Dodgers, but the Bombers fail to score. Bobby Murcer delivers the game-winning hit just hours after delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral. Dave Righetti throws his no-hitter against the Red Sox. Don Mattingly shines, but Seattle savors the day.

Written with all the enthusiasm and spirit of a die-hard Yankee fan, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games captures all the mania, mystery, and magic surrounding the most popular baseball team of all time.

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  • Item Weight : 15 ounces
  • Paperback : 278 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0471763136
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0471763130
  • Product Dimensions : 6.12 x 0.77 x 9.26 inches
  • Publisher : Wiley; 1st Edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: : English
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