- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company (April 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786430559
- ISBN-13: 978-0786430550
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat: New York's Big Three and Great Yankee Dynasty of 1949-1953 Paperback – April 27, 2007
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Every now and then there's a baseball book that addresses a monumental question which has somehow gone unanswered. If you've wondered, as I have, why the 1949-53 Yankees were the only team in baseball history to win five straight World Series...Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat/ will give you the answer. A terrific book. --Allen Barra, Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Sol Gittleman is a history and literature professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
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The answer is the Yankees had the best pitching. The nucleus of Raschi, Reynolds, Lopat, and later Ford, simply was too good for the rest of the league. Not only did they have talent, they worked hard at their craft, and they were blessed to have one of the finest pitching coaches of all time in Jim Turner. Reynolds, in particular, was simply overpowering. He was the Nolan Ryan of his day. Almost to a man, the Dodgers knew the party was over when Reynolds was called in from the bullpen to quell a rally (yes, he was the ace reliever as well as a starter).
And, to top it off, these guys liked each other. They remained tight even after their playing days were over. Lots of good insider baseball stuff about a bunch of really good guys.
His intuition leads him to the real themes of his story (making Jim Turner, the pitching coach, the central figure) and he understands what details are meaningful (all of his three pitchers spoke a second language in their childhood homes). He gives us as much sociology--without preaching--as we get from Jules Tygel's "Time Out," another excellent baseball book.
If you are old enough to know who these guys are, the book is a must--probably perfect for a holiday or birthday gift. If you just love baseball, nothing does a better job of summing up the early 50s, and I realize many authors--not Gittleman's equal--have tried.
This is a real gem.