The Yankees vs. Red Sox: Reader

Overview

From Yankee Bucky "F**ing" Dent's spirit-shattering home run in the 1978 American League East playoff to Aaron Boone's pennant-winning blast for the Bombers twenty-five years later; from Roger Clemens's treasonous signing (at least in Red Sox country) with the Yankees in 1998 to the infamous Curse of the Bambino that started it all, there is nothing in the history of sports more spirited, vitriolic, romantic, and impassioned than the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees vs. Red...

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Overview

From Yankee Bucky "F**ing" Dent's spirit-shattering home run in the 1978 American League East playoff to Aaron Boone's pennant-winning blast for the Bombers twenty-five years later; from Roger Clemens's treasonous signing (at least in Red Sox country) with the Yankees in 1998 to the infamous Curse of the Bambino that started it all, there is nothing in the history of sports more spirited, vitriolic, romantic, and impassioned than the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader collects the finest writing on what is surely the pinnacle of contentious athletic team competition. A rich array of our most gifted sports writers chronicle an enmity that reaches far beyond the playing field as it is interwoven into the mythologies of these two cities and inextricably linked to the identity of the fans that inhabit them. Chronicling every cheer, jeer, and "1918" (the last year the Red Sox won the World Series) shouted from Fenway to the Bronx, The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader is an absolute must for not only the fans of these storied franchises, but also anyone interested in the truly epic nature of a great sports rivalry.

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Library Journal
Journalist Robbins collects 30-odd dispatches from the baseball wars between the Yanks and the Sox and even smaller battles within the war, as seen in Peter Gammons's account of the Carlton Fisk-Thurmon Munson feud. This will not be the last word on the rivalry, but it goes on the shelf with Glenn Stout's two-volume collection, Top of the Heap and Impossible Dreams. Buy where Sox-Yankee tensions run high. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786714452
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,456,296
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins, former pitcher with the Kansas City Royals organization, is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant, and coach. His clients include AT&T, Chevron, The U.S. Department of Labor, Kaiser Permanente, New York Life Insurance, and StanfordUniversity. To find out about his speaking, products and services, visit mike-robbins.com.

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Table of Contents

"In Boston, the Yankees always suck"
"New York and Boston" from The year of the gerbil
"Down to the wire in 1904" from The great rivalry 5
"Babe Ruth plays the field" from Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox 25
"The transaction : sale of the century" from The Babe in red stockings 30
"Still Frazee after all these years" from Yankee magazine 60
"Bad blood infusion : in 1938, Cronin-Powell brawl sparked decades of hostility" from The Boston Globe 62
"Hating Doris" 68
"They played it by radio," "A quarter-inch away," and "The vacant chair" from the New York Herald Tribune 78
"1949" from Pennant races 86
"Ted Williams : Sox fans fear revived splinter in pinstripes" from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 110
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees from Lightning in a bottle : the Sox of '67 119
"Fisk vs. Munson : a true war" from ESPN.com 139
"Lee vs. Nettles : time hasn't healed sore feelings" from the Hartfort Courant 142
"The green fields of the mind" from Yale alumni magazine 146
"The Boston massacre" from Sports Illustrated 150
"Baseball's finest hours" from the Washington Post 159
"A day of light and shadows" from Sports Illustrated 177
"What if ... Bucky Dent" from The little Red [Sox] book 194
"A tale of two Doyles" adapted from Ninety feet from fame 200
Selections from "Diary of a Yankee-hater" 204
"Yankees go home" from Sports Illustrated 221
"The home team" from the New York Times magazine 227
"Irreconcilable differences" from The Boston Globe 231
"Mad cathedral" from Esquire 237
"Legends of the Fens" from the New Yorker 245
"What being the father of an autistic son taught me about being a Red Sox fan [and vice versa]" from the Paracelsus Weblog 259
"Landing Contreras" from Chasing Steinbrenner 263
"Striking back at the empire" from the New York Daily News 280
"Resident alien in Red Sox nation" from Sports Illustrated 285
From "Gone south" from the New Yorker 290
"Goose, Nettles seeing red over shenanigans by Sox" from the Bergen County Record 299
"Ground Hog Day, 2003" 304
"Drooping? : not true Sox fans" from the Deseret Morning News 308
"Grady Little is relieved" from GQ 312
"Hello, New York" from Sports Illustrated 321
"In defense of domination" from Time magazine 327
"The fan divided : he gets to follow two teams" 331
"Yankees meet ruthless end" from the Daily News 340
Yankee - Red Sox scoreboard 344
A Yankees - Red Sox rivalry timeline 345
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