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

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When the 1949-1953 New York Yankees won an astounding five consecutive World Series, they did it without the offensive firepower that characterized so many of their championship teams before and after. The franchise came to rely instead on three aging pitchers, an unlikely trio that won 255 games during the five-year championship run.

This book focuses on the close relationship and quiet achievement of Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat. Soon after Robinson and the ...

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About the Book When the 1949-1953 New York Yankees won an astounding five consecutive World Series, they did it without the offensive firepower that characterized so many of ... their championship teams before and after. The franchise came to rely instead on three aging pitchers, an unlikely trio that won 255 games during the five-year championship run. This book focuses on the close relationship and quiet achievement of Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat. Soon after Robinson and the cross-town Dodgers had publicly confronted the issues of race and ethnicity, these men from very different backgrounds--Creek Indian, Italian and Polish--established a deep communion with each other, became lifelong friends, and over a handful of years re-wrote baseball history. Read more Show Less

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When the 1949-1953 New York Yankees won an astounding five consecutive World Series, they did it without the offensive firepower that characterized so many of their championship teams before and after. The franchise came to rely instead on three aging pitchers, an unlikely trio that won 255 games during the five-year championship run.

This book focuses on the close relationship and quiet achievement of Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat. Soon after Robinson and the cross-town Dodgers had publicly confronted the issues of race and ethnicity, these men from very different backgrounds—Creek Indian, Italian and Polish—established a deep communion with each other, became lifelong friends, and over a handful of years re-wrote baseball history.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sport History
an evocative look at an era when a team did something that may never be repeated in winning five straight World Series.... [A]n asset in any public or undergraduate library's general collection
MLB commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig
over the last century, the New York Yankees have earned their reputation as the 'Bronx Bombers.' During the club's unprecedented success from 1949-1953, though, it was a triumvirate of pitchers who helped bridge the era of Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle in championship fashion. From different backgrounds, Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat came together to form the anchor of an unrivaled dynasty. Sol Gittleman's Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat is an immensely enjoyable book that sheds light on these three winners, their remarkable experiences and the friendship they shared until their final days
Wall Street Journal - Allen Barra
every now and then there's a baseball book that addresses a monumental question which has somehow gone unanswered. If you've wondered, as I have, why the 1949-53 Yankees were the only team in baseball history to win five straight World Series...Reynolds, Raschi and Lopat will give you the answer...a terrific book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439362
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (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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