Greatness in Waiting: An Illustrated History of the Early New York Yankees, 1903-1919

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Before they acquired Babe Ruth or won a single championship, the New York Yankees (née Highlanders) were a team that inspired the strongest of feelings in baseball circles. Stars such as Jack Chesbro, Hal Chase, and Brooklyner Willie Keeler drew loud followings, and the team made loyal fans of those who disliked the cross-town Giants or Dodgers. Even Ban Johnson prized the franchise, which gave his upstart American League a foothold in the nation's most populous city. Baltimoreans, on the other hand, nurtured an animus toward the team, which only a few years earlier had been called the Orioles. And former Orioles manager John McGraw hatched a plan, along with Giants owner Andrew Freedman, to sabotage the new club.
This heavily illustrated volume combines a fully documented history of the deadball-era Yankees with more than 190 photos of the people, places, and events that figured prominently in the story.
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Editorial Reviews

The Tampa Tribune
SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter
commendable...a key Deadball Era important reference volume
Island Sun
"marvelous...richly illustrated"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786432110
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Istorico is a member of SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v
Foreword   Marty Appel     1
Preface     3
Introduction-Who Are the Highlanders?     5
The Best Team Money Could Buy? 1903     9
The Old Fox     15
The First Bomber     16
Happy Jack/Mistake Pitch, 1904     18
Back to Earth, 1905     29
An Enigma at First Base     31
Dave Fultz, a Man for All Seasons     36
Almost There, 1906-1907     39
Goodbye Griff (Two Versions), 1908     52
Apocalypse     58
With a Little Help, 1909     60
The Emery Ball, 1910     69
"Drawing Flies," 1911     82
Harry in the House (of Horrors), 1912     92
"A Bunion and an Onion," 1913     103
No Chance, 1914     117
The New Breed, 1915     123
Big Bill     126
Origin of the "NY" Logo     130
Frankly Speaking     132
Wild Bill, 1915     135
Mr. Ed (Sweeney)     145
The Unluckiest Pitcher in the League     148
Meanwhile, in Boston     151
Mystery Man, Arthur Irwin     153
TheEntertainer     156
Transitions, 1916-1917     161
Miller Time, 1918     180
The Vermont Schoolmaster     184
The Original "Murderer's Row," 1918-1919     189
Undercurrents     206
The Ping of the Bat     214
Before They Were Famous     216
Where Have You Gone, Frank Gilhooley?     221
New Beginnings     223
Honor Roll     225
The Ones That Got Away     226
Bibliography     227
Index     229
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