Baseball's Greatest Series: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History

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Baseball's Greatest Series details what many believe to be the most exciting postseason series in baseball history: the 1995 Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners.

This division series was not simply about two teams playing five postseason games. It was about Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter, Gene Michael, Jim Leyritz, Randy Johnson, Wade Boggs, Tony Fernandez, Pat Kelly, Dion James, Darryl ...

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Overview


Baseball's Greatest Series details what many believe to be the most exciting postseason series in baseball history: the 1995 Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners.

This division series was not simply about two teams playing five postseason games. It was about Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter, Gene Michael, Jim Leyritz, Randy Johnson, Wade Boggs, Tony Fernandez, Pat Kelly, Dion James, Darryl Strawberryùand many others who changed the course of baseball history . . .
A team playing to keep baseball alive in the Pacific Northwest
A manager who was literally managing for his job
A New York sports icon who for one week reminded everybody of the dominating player he had been a decade earlier

Chris Donnelly's replay of this entire season reminds readers that it was a time when grown men cried their eyes out after defeat, and others, just a few hundred feet away, poured beer and champagne over one another while 57,000 people in Seattle's Kingdome celebrated. Five games they were. Five games that reminded people, after the devastating players' strike in 1994, how great a game baseball is because comebacks are always possible, no matter how great the obstacles may seem.

From Don Mattingly's only postseason home run, which caused a near riot, to Edgar Martinez's legendary eleventh inning series-clinching double, Donnelly chronicles the earlier struggles of both teams during the 1980s, their mid-1990s resurgence, all five heart-stopping games of the series, and the dramatic and long-lasting effects of Seattle's victory. Simply stated, Baseball's Greatest Series hits a home run.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The game's the thing in this book. Donnelly skillfully recreates the two Yankee wins, amid the usual theatrics of historic Yankee Stadium in New York, and the three Seattle victories in the dreaded Kingdome. Donnelly offers a play-by-play analysis of strategy that heightens the suspense of the most pivotal moments. In his preface, he explains that this Yanks/Mariners series 'was the best baseball I have ever witnessed.' After reading this book, fans will understand why."
Library Journal
A premier writer of historical thrillers, Atkins (Devil's Garden; Wicked City) takes his readers back to the 1930s in this mad romp through the South and Midwest following George "Machine Gun" Kelly (1900–54) as he plans and executes his ultimate caper. A moonshine runner-turned-bank robber, Kelly plans a final job: the kidnapping and ransom of Oklahoma oil magnate Charles Urshel. Neither the meanest nor the cleverest of gangsters, Kelly nevertheless pulls off the perfect abduction, only to see it fall apart at the seams as his gangster friends manipulate to cut themselves into the action, his wife undercuts him for her own ends, and a persistent FBI agent stalks him relentlessly, closing the net ever tighter. It is a precocious 12-year-old who ultimately provides the key to Kelly's capture and conviction. VERDICT This tough, boisterous, lustful tale of a would-be playboy miscast as villain compares to the best of Max Allan Collins or Elmore Leonard and will appeal to adult readers who like their gangster stories based on fact.—Thomas L. Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Libs., Carbondale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813546629
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,144,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Donnelly, a lifelong baseball fan, is a graduate of the College of New Jersey. He resides in Mercer County, New Jersey, with his wife, Jamie.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Don-nie Base-ball 1

2 Winless in Seattle 7

3 Bronx Bummers 34

4 Strike 61

5 Baseball Returns 69

6 Game 1: The Bronx, Baseball, and Beer Bottles 91

7 Game 2: A Classic in the Bronx 120

8 Game 3: Playoff Baseball in Seattle 153

9 Game 4: Saint Edgar 181

10 Game 5: Warriors, Heroes, and Heartbreak 212

11 Deconstructing the Yankees 251

12 Safeco is Born 265

Epilogue 277

Notes 289

Index 319

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Baseball fans will love this book.

    You don't have to be a Yankee or Mariner fan to enjoy this book. It is well-written and holds your attention. If you love sports, you will love this book. It is evident that a great deal of research was done, as the story-telling is extremely realistic.

    I purchased a couple of copies as gifts for the baseball fans in my family and after reading the book, they are all delighted.

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