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Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat: New York's Big Three and the Great Yankee Dynasty of 1949-1953

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This is a biography of three men, now all but forgotten, who spoke to America at a time when baseball was just beginning to confront issues of race and ethnicity. These three veteran pitchers led the way to five consecutive World Championships, with a team that didn't have a single offensive leader in any category during those five years. These players on the New York City baseball team came from different worlds, but shared a quiet and deep communion with each other, and became lifelong friends over a span of five years. This team made many special moments in America and rewrote baseball history during these five years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430550
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 822,872
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sol Gittleman is a history and literature professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    What is particularly noteworthy about this book is how Prof. Git

    What is particularly noteworthy about this book is how Prof. Gittleman has provided a time-capsule into the late 1940s/early 1950s (that is equal or better than the published works of Roger Kahn and David Halberstam on the same period). Equally important is an insightful, informative, educational and ultimately inspiring biography of "a team within a team." What emerges from these pages is the strength of character, seriousness of purpose and professionalism that made these men truly great both on the ball field and in life. Messrs. Raschi, Reynolds and Lopat were truly exceptional people and deserve induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a trio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    Prof. Gittleman's account of the Reynolds, Raschi, Lopat era '1949-53' is both informative and well-written, a great read! With info from players who were their teammates and from the subjects' wives, we see how invaluable the Big Three were to the unprecedented success of Casey Stengel's Yanks. The author also illustrates how these hurlers were instrumental in the development of Yogi Berra as a Hall of Fame catcher. In his balanced account, Prof. Gittelman notes how the three were treated shabbily by Yankee management 'i.e. George Weiss' during their prime and discarded near the end of their careers. This book is a 'must' for those fans who remember this era when the Yanks became the only team to cop five straight World Championships, and for younger fans who want to discover the Yankee players who dominated major league baseball in the decade of the fifties.

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