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New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory

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The New York Yankees have been hailed as the greatest team of all time. But the glory of the club has been the contributions made by individual team members. Who will ever forget Mickey “The Mick” Mantle in 1956, or Roger Maris in 1961, or Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson in 1980? How could one possibly choose the best individual Yankee seasons from the sensational performances of such greats as Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly, Joe DiMaggio, Tommy John, and Goose Gossage?

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Overview

The New York Yankees have been hailed as the greatest team of all time. But the glory of the club has been the contributions made by individual team members. Who will ever forget Mickey “The Mick” Mantle in 1956, or Roger Maris in 1961, or Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson in 1980? How could one possibly choose the best individual Yankee seasons from the sensational performances of such greats as Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly, Joe DiMaggio, Tommy John, and Goose Gossage?

In New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory sportswriters William Hageman and Warren Wilbert (who actually admitted to being Chicago White Sox fans!) have undertaken that Herculean task. And here they spotlight the 50 greatest individual Yankee seasons of all time ranked in order of their memorability. To do so, Hageman and Wilbert evaluated every season of every player who donned the pinstripes by following the Sabermetric rating system—a series of complex mathematical formulas that analyze not only a player's statistics for a given year but also take into account the ballparks in which they played, the strength of the league that season, the overall team stats, and other factors. Sabermetrics even allows for comparisons between players and clubs of different eras.

A monumental task, but definitely doable, as the daring Hageman and Wilbert have proven. Open the pages of New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory and see what you think. Was Roger Maris better in 1960, his first year in the Bronx, than he was in 1961, when he hit 61 home runs? Was Sparky Lyle really more valuable to the Yankees in 1977 than in 1972, when he had more saves and a better ERA? By making choices such as these, Hageman and Wilbert will surely stir up controversy and arouse passions. But, then again, so have Yogi Berra, Rickey Henderson, David Wells, and George Steinbrenner!

So accept the authors' invitation: sit back, relax, and relive some of the greatest individual performances in the history of the national pastime.

Author Biography: William Hageman, coauthor of Chicago Cubs: Seasons at the Summit, is an editor in the features department of the Chicago Tribune. He previously worked as a sportswriter, editor, and columnist for newspapers in Michigan and Delaware, and last year authored a biography of Honus Wagner. Bill resides in Aurora, Illinois, with his wife and three daughters.

Warren Wilbert, dean emeritus of Lifelong Learning Services at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has served as a Lutheran educator and as a football, basketball, and baseball coach. Coauthor with Bill Hageman of Chicago Cubs: Seasons at the Summit, he has also written for athletic and sports journals. His article "20 Year Men" appears in the 1996 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, a publication of the Society for American Baseball Research. Warren and his wife, Ginny, reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Warren maintains a lively interest in adult education, baseball (especially the White Sox), and his grandchildren.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeffrey Lyons
I strongly recommend New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory. . . . From the Babe to Joe D., Gehrig to Reggie, Berra, Rizzuto, and the Goose, they’re all here in a superb bit of baseball lore. —NBC)
Los Angeles Times
A fun read!
Library Journal
Two Chicago White Sox fans pay tribute to the outstanding seasons and memorable games of Yankee players. They use Sabermetrics of the Society for American Baseball Research to rank 25 top achievers and 25 near-greats, with 15 given honorable mention. Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle are among the Hall of Famers cited. From 1998, only Bernie Williams rates even honorable mention, though the whole 1998 team is given a special tribute. One hopes that the factual and statistical errors that appear in the proofs will be corrected in the final version. However, this intriguing and provocative roster is a natural for public libraries.--Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824604387
  • Publisher: David, Jonathan Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,420,102
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
A Welcome From the Authors xv
A Salute to the 1998 New York Yankees xix
From the Top
1. Babe Ruth 1923 1
2. Mickey Mantle 1956 11
3. Lou Gehrig 1934 21
4. Rickey Henderson 1985 29
5. Snuffy Stirnwelss 1945 35
6. Jack Chesbro 1904 41
7. Lefty Gomez 1937 47
8. Joe DiMaggio 1941 53
9. Ron Guidry 1978 61
10. Carl Mays 1921 67
11. Spud Chandler 1943 75
12. Bobby Murcer 1971 81
13. Joe Gordon 1942 87
14. Bill Dickey 1937 93
15. Roger Peckinpaugh 1919 99
16. Don Mattingly 1984 103
17. Tony Lazzeri 1929 109
18. Wilcy Moore 1927 115
19. Red Ruffing 1939 121
20. Mariano Rivera 1997 127
21. Goose Gossage 1978 133
22. Dave Righetti 1986 139
23. Whitey Ford 1956 145
24. Roy White 1971 151
25. Sparky Lyle 1977 157
An Outstanding Supporting Cast
26. Charlie Keller 1942 165
27. Russ Ford 1910 171
28. Luis Arroyo 1961 177
29. Bob Shawkey 1920 183
30. Yogi Berra 1956 189
31. Reggie Jackson 1980 195
32. Elston Howard 1961 203
33. Gil McDougald 1957 209
34. Phil Rizzuto 1950 215
35. Paul O'Neill 1994 221
36. Graig Nettles 1976 227
37. Andy Pettitte 1997 233
38. Clete Boyer 1962 239
39. Dave Winfield 1984 245
40. Allie Reynolds 1952 251
41. Mel Stottlemyre 1969 257
42. Catfish Hunter 1975 263
43. Del Pratt 1919 269
44. Thurman Munson 1973 273
45. Roger Maris 1960 281
46. Herb Pennock 1924 291
47. Willie Randolph 1980 297
48. Tommy John 1979 303
49. Wade Boggs 1994 309
50. Joe Page 1949 315
More Than an Afterthought 321
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