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Posted January 22, 2014
What is particularly noteworthy about this book is how Prof. Git
What is particularly noteworthy about this book is how Prof. Gittleman has provided a time-capsule into the late 1940s/early 1950s (that is equal or better than the published works of Roger Kahn and David Halberstam on the same period). Equally important is an insightful, informative, educational and ultimately inspiring biography of "a team within a team." What emerges from these pages is the strength of character, seriousness of purpose and professionalism that made these men truly great both on the ball field and in life. Messrs. Raschi, Reynolds and Lopat were truly exceptional people and deserve induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a trio!
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Posted November 29, 2007
Prof. Gittleman's account of the Reynolds, Raschi, Lopat era '1949-53' is both informative and well-written, a great read! With info from players who were their teammates and from the subjects' wives, we see how invaluable the Big Three were to the unprecedented success of Casey Stengel's Yanks. The author also illustrates how these hurlers were instrumental in the development of Yogi Berra as a Hall of Fame catcher. In his balanced account, Prof. Gittelman notes how the three were treated shabbily by Yankee management 'i.e. George Weiss' during their prime and discarded near the end of their careers. This book is a 'must' for those fans who remember this era when the Yanks became the only team to cop five straight World Championships, and for younger fans who want to discover the Yankee players who dominated major league baseball in the decade of the fifties.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2009
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