Rivals: The Boston Red Sox vs The New York Yankees: An Inside History

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"Here in Boston, the Hub of the Hardball Universe, we think that the 'rivalry' between the Red Sox and Yankees is the greatest rivalry in all of sports-better than Dodgers-Giants, Cardinals-Cubs, Celtics-Lakers, Cowboys-Redskins, Ali-Frazier, Texas-Oklahoma, Russell-Chamberlain, Michigan-Ohio State, Seabiscuit-War Admiral, and even Harvard-Yale."

- from the Introduction by Dan Shaughnessy

"[The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is] useful, even essential, to our understanding of the two teams, their cities, their fans, perhaps the Pastime and its nation. ...

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Overview

"Here in Boston, the Hub of the Hardball Universe, we think that the 'rivalry' between the Red Sox and Yankees is the greatest rivalry in all of sports-better than Dodgers-Giants, Cardinals-Cubs, Celtics-Lakers, Cowboys-Redskins, Ali-Frazier, Texas-Oklahoma, Russell-Chamberlain, Michigan-Ohio State, Seabiscuit-War Admiral, and even Harvard-Yale."

- from the Introduction by Dan Shaughnessy

"[The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is] useful, even essential, to our understanding of the two teams, their cities, their fans, perhaps the Pastime and its nation. In many ways, it is similar to that Cold War rivalry between those other Reds and Yankees. It may even have been the model for it."

- from the Introduction by Robert Lipsyte

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Publishers Weekly
This collection of original essays is a natural: not only does the same parent corporation own both newspapers, it also has a significant stake in the Red Sox. But the anthology isn't just hype; the New Yorkers in particular gladly point out that this is "a Potemkin Village of a rivalry," and that whether Babe Ruth cursed the Sox or not, the Yankees have been able to win 26 World Series in the 84 years since Babe arrived in the Bronx because they consistently fielded a better team. Dreamy-eyed paeans to the "religion of baseball" are thankfully kept to a minimum, as the writers focus on major Sox-Yankees confrontations through the decades (including last year's championship series brawl) and anecdotes starring players from both teams many of whom may go unrecognized by baseball fans in other cities. If the book does have a fault, it's that its writers often wind up repeating the same stories, though the differing perspectives can be illuminating. Globe writers fess up to the Sox's sorry legacy as the last Major League team to hire an African-American player, for example, while Times columnists use the fact as one more opportunity to hammer home their team's superiority. 60 b&w, 20 color photos. (Sept. 7) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312336165
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 The Babe in Boston 19
Ch. 2 The Babe captures New York 31
Ch. 3 Yawkey money not enough 55
Ch. 4 The clipper and the kid 75
Ch. 5 Three heartbreakers 97
Rooting for the '67 Sox 105
Ch. 6 Destiny and Dent 125
Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium 142
Ch. 7 A curse? : a spell? : ghosts? 151
Ch. 8 Babe, Bucky, Buckner, Boone 175
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