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Before They Were the Bombers: The New York Yankees' Early Years, 1903-1915
     

Before They Were the Bombers: The New York Yankees' Early Years, 1903-1915

by Jim Reisler
 

Many histories of the New York Yankees only skim the early years in their rush to pick up with the 1919 season when Babe Ruth joined the team and go on to celebrate the careers of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford, and the team’s World Series titles. But what about the Yankees before these big names?
The early Yankees, who spent

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Many histories of the New York Yankees only skim the early years in their rush to pick up with the 1919 season when Babe Ruth joined the team and go on to celebrate the careers of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford, and the team’s World Series titles. But what about the Yankees before these big names?
The early Yankees, who spent their first 12 years known as the Highlanders and were occasionally known as the Americans and the Invaders, get the attention they deserve in this work. It tells the story up until the sale of the Yankees in December 1914, beginning with 1903 when the team was formed from the remnants of the Baltimore Orioles. Led by future Hall of Famers “Wee” Willie Keeler, Jack Chesbro, and Clark Griffith, they were the most expensive major league team ever assembled—but they are remembered primarily for their terrible failures, which included losing a club-low 103 games in 1908 and finishing 55 games out of first place in 1912. Yes, the Yankees.

Editorial Reviews

SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter
a compelling portrait...tantalizing...deftly outlines the careers of these characters...writing is spirited and affable...holds many pleasures
Library Journal
a lively account of the team's fledgling and losing years...weaves in stories of notable players...a definitive story
Yankees Magazine
"densely packed tome"
From the Publisher
“a compelling portrait...tantalizing...deftly outlines the careers of these characters...writing is spirited and affable...holds many pleasures”—SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter; “a lively account of the team’s fledgling and losing years...weaves in stories of notable players...a definitive story”—Library Journal; “densely packed tome”—Yankees Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422302
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2005
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Reisler has written books covering such topics as baseball, the deaf, and sportswriters. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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