Baseball Dynasties

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A must-have for any diehard baseball fan, this lively, authoritative book answers the classic question "Who was the greatest team of all time?"
It's a debate nearly as old as the sport itself. Sure, there have been plenty of great baseball teams—but which was the best ever? While it seems like an unwinnable argument, the authors of Baseball Dynasties have risen to the challenge. They took the top fifteen teams of the twentieth century, ran them through rigorous statistical ...

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Overview

A must-have for any diehard baseball fan, this lively, authoritative book answers the classic question "Who was the greatest team of all time?"
It's a debate nearly as old as the sport itself. Sure, there have been plenty of great baseball teams—but which was the best ever? While it seems like an unwinnable argument, the authors of Baseball Dynasties have risen to the challenge. They took the top fifteen teams of the twentieth century, ran them through rigorous statistical analysis, and threw in some good old-fashioned opinion in their quest to determine, definitively, who was the greatest team in the history of baseball. Looking at continued brilliance over time (no one-season wonders allowed), Hall of Famers on the roster, offensive and defensive production, performance in the postseason, and numerous other tangibles and intangibles, Eddie Epstein and Rob Neyer put each team under the microscope—and picked a winner. Who will come out on top? Was it the 1927 Yankees, the legendary squad blessed with both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? Or how about Earl Weaver's 1970 Orioles, who over a three-year span dominated their opponents at a higher level than any other team this century? Full of anecdotes, intriguing facts, and scores of statistics, Baseball Dynasties is a fascinating look at baseball history certain to provoke, entertain, and edify baseball fans of all ages.

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What People Are Saying

Bill James
Bill James

It's wonderful to read a book by someone who really knows something about the great teams, knows things that I don't know, knows even important things that I didn't know. This is the book that everybody else who writes about great teams, for the next 30 years, will have to begin by reading, just so they know what they're talking about.

George F. Will
George F. Will

Baseball teams thrive on arguments. This book will start enough of them to keep the Hot Stove League in session all year long.

Davey Johson
Davey Johnson

Few athletes are part of one baseball dynasty. I was fortunate enough to be part of two. This book captures the unique characteristics that make great teams great.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320084
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Order Out of Chaos 11
Glossary of Statistical Terms 17
Chapter 1 1906 Chicago Cubs 25
Chapter 2 1911 Philadelphia Athletics 45
Chapter 3 1912 New York Giants 64
Chapter 4 Way Back When: The Best of the Nineteenth Century 84
Chapter 5 1927 New York Yankees 92
Chapter 6 1929 Philadelphia Athletics 112
Chapter 7 1939 New York Yankees 132
Chapter 8 The Worst Teams of All Time 151
Chapter 9 1942 St. Louis Cardinals 165
Chapter 10 1953 New York Yankees 184
Chapter 11 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 202
Chapter 12 There Were Others: The Greatest Black Teams 222
Chapter 13 1961 New York Yankees 229
Chapter 14 1970 Baltimore Orioles 251
Chapter 15 1974 Oakland A's 271
Chapter 16 They Just Missed the Cut 294
Chapter 17 1975 Cincinnati Reds 303
Chapter 18 1986 New York Mets 322
Chapter 19 1998 New York Yankees 342
Chapter 20 And the Winner Is ... 361
Appendix Standard Deviation Scores 377
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