Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time

Overview

Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein examine the top fifteen squads of the twentieth century, employing a rigorous statistical analysis and throwing in some good old-fashioned opinion to determine the best team of the modern era. Looking at continued brilliance over time, Hall of Famers on the roster, offensive and defensive production, performance in the postseason, and numerous other tangibles and intangibles, the authors put each team under the microscope -- and pick a winner. Who will come out on top? Is it the 1927 ...
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Overview

Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein examine the top fifteen squads of the twentieth century, employing a rigorous statistical analysis and throwing in some good old-fashioned opinion to determine the best team of the modern era. Looking at continued brilliance over time, Hall of Famers on the roster, offensive and defensive production, performance in the postseason, and numerous other tangibles and intangibles, the authors put each team under the microscope -- and pick a winner. Who will come out on top? Is it the 1927 Yankees, blessed with both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? Sparky Anderson's awesome 1975 Cincinnati Reds? Or the beloved "Boys of Summer," the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers?

Full of anecdotes, intriguing facts, and statistics, Baseball Dynasties is certain to provoke, entertain, and edify 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.

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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402830723
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 384

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Great Baseball book in the Bill James style

    This is not a book that demands to be read cover to cover. It is fifteen seperate stories brought together by a ranking of each team at the end of the book. Neyer and Epstein both display an incredible knack for being funny and factual at the same time. They give strong logical reasoning for each of their choices, but, at the same time, admit the biases that they had to overcome to reach some conclusions. It really is a great read and one of the more interesting Sabermetric books available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Outstanding Read

    Smart. Witty. Well Researched. You may not agree with all of the opinions but it's tough to argue the logic. A fabulous book about the outstanding baseball teams that we loved or loved to hate. An excellent reference that can be read multiple times and still be enjoyed. Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein deserve full marks!

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