Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees

Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees

by Lyle Spatz, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
     
 

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Of all the New York Yankees championship teams, the 1947 club seemed the least likely. Bridging the gap between the dynasties of Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel, the team, managed by Bucky Harris, was coming off three non-pennant-winning seasons and given little chance to unseat the defending American League champion Boston Red Sox. And yet, led by Joe DiMaggio,

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Of all the New York Yankees championship teams, the 1947 club seemed the least likely. Bridging the gap between the dynasties of Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel, the team, managed by Bucky Harris, was coming off three non-pennant-winning seasons and given little chance to unseat the defending American League champion Boston Red Sox. And yet, led by Joe DiMaggio, this un-Yankees-like squad of rookies, retreads, and a few solid veterans easily won the pennant over the Detroit Tigers and the heavily favored Red Sox, along the way compiling an American League–record nineteen-game winning streak. They then went on to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in a dramatic seven-game World Series that was the first to be televised and the first to feature an African American player.

Bridging Two Dynasties commemorates this historic club—the players, on the field and off, and the events surrounding their remarkable season. Along with player biographies, including those of future Hall of Famers DiMaggio, Bucky Harris, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto, the book features a seasonal timeline and covers pertinent topics such as the winning streak, the Yankees’ involvement in Leo Durocher’s suspension, and the thrilling World Series.

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Editorial Reviews

Yogi Berra
“1947 was something else. Being twenty-one and in my first season, it felt marvelous to be on the Yankees, playing in Yankee Stadium with all those guys. Then winning the World Series against the Dodgers—that was awfully exciting.”—Yogi Berra
Robert W. Bobby Brown
“For all people interested in baseball and the Yankees, this book should be an enjoyable one. Virtually all these players were products of ‘The Greatest Generation.’ The vast majority of us were in the service of our country in World War II. . . . It was a team without rancor or discord. Ownership consisting of Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping, and Del Webb were supportive and balanced effectively the needs of being accessible but not intrusive. . . . It was a terrific Yankee year.”—Robert W. “Bobby” Brown, MD, former Yankees player and president of the American League 1984–94
Tampa Tribune - Bob D' Angelo

"This is a well-researched, informative book that puts a pivotal year of Yankees history into proper perspective. New York had flashier stars, better pitchers and hitters and gaudier statistics in other years, but the 1947 squad deserves some respect, too."—Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune
C70 at the Bat
"An exceptional piece of work."—C70 at the Bat
Tampa Tribune - Bob D’ Angelo
"This is a well-researched, informative book that puts a pivotal year of Yankees history into proper perspective. New York had flashier stars, better pitchers and hitters and gaudier statistics in other years, but the 1947 squad deserves some respect, too."—Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune
Library Journal
Usually when Yankees fans think of a triumphant year for the pinstripes they think of a golden year in the 1930s, or a later year under Casey Stengel. In this larger-format book, Spatz (1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York) presents what is cumulatively an intense and evocative study of a liminal Yankees season instead, one in which little was expected of a mélange of veterans, rookies, and has-beens. Spoiler alert: they won the World Series. With biographies contributed by various members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and a small number of historical-interpetive pieces as well, e.g., “The Yankees’ Nineteen-Game Winning Streak,” the book is not a conventional A-Z reference; the biographies are arranged within subsections of the season’s time line; for example, Ray Mack gets a biography right after the time line for April 30 to May 22 is presented. (Mack played one game for the Yanks, as a pinch runner, on May 6, 1947).
VERDICT The pieces are written in the lively voices of writers deeply instilled with Yankees lore. Fans of the historical Yankees are likely to love this. For every Yankees collection. —MH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803240940
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Memorable Teams in Baseball History Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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