The 50 Greatest Yankee Games

The 50 Greatest Yankee Games

by Cecilia Tan

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The 50 Greatest Yankee Games by Cecilia Tan

"Cecilia Tan has written a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a book. The reader is taken through the dramatic ebb and flow of the 50 greatest Yankee games. We learn a lot about the team from the Bronx in this fact-filled, entertainingly written opus. Should be required reading for all fans of the New York Yankees."
—Harvey Frommer, author of A Yankee Century and The New York Yankee Encyclopedia
Every Yankee fan has a memory they will never forget or a game they wish they had seen. Covering an entire century of New York Yankees baseball, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games brings together the best (and sometimes worst) moments experienced by the most successful sports franchise on the planet. You'll be there as:
* Babe Ruth performs the most debated gesture in sports history
* Joe DiMaggio reaches one milestone on his way to another
* "The Wild Man" tames the Dodgers, but the Bombers fail to score
* Bobby Murcer delivers the game-winning hit just hours after delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral
* Dave Righetti throws his no-hitter against the Red Sox
* Don Mattingly shines, but Seattle savors the day
* Derek Jeter saves the game and the season with a "shovel pass"

From the Yankees' first World Series to the pennant race that pitted Joe DiMaggio against Ted Williams to the Bucky Dent home run game, you'll have the best seat in the stadium as you experience all the excitement and drama. Featuring fascinating anecdotes and vintage photographs, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games is the perfect book for every Yankee fan and anyone who cherishes the game.
"Tan does a fine job choosing the most important contests from 100 seasons of Yankee baseball and recounting them in a gripping style . . . developing entertaining, dramatic story lines."
—Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471763130
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/14/2006
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

CECILIA TAN was born in New York City and raised a Yankee fan by her dad, who got hooked on the team after emigrating from the Philippines. She has written features for "Yankees Magazine" (the official scorecard magazine of the New York Yankees), "Mudville," "Baseball Ink," "Baseball Today," and "Picto." Tan was formerly a columnist for Yankees Xtreme, the team's official Web site prior to the centralization of MLB.com, and a staff writer for "Yankeebaseball.net." She produces her own online baseball magazine, Why I Like Baseball, and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Tan is also a noted fiction writer and editor.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. October 10, 1904: Throwing It All Away.
In which Happy Jack Chesbro pitches his team to the brink of a pennant.

2. July 25, 1912: A Yankee First.
In which Bert Daniels and the Highlanders enter the record books.

3. April 24, 1917: Like Barn Doors.
In which George Mogridge Hurls the First Yankee No-Hitter.

4. July 6, 1920: Bombers Away.
In which the Yankees set a new record by tallying fourteen runs in a single inning.

5. October 5, 1921: In The Company of Giants.
In which the Yankees play their first World Series Game.

6. September 4, 1923: Philadelphia Un-Athletic.
In which "Sad Sam" Jones shines.

7. October 10, 1926: Crime Doesn't Pay.
In which Babe Ruth puts an odd finale on the Series.

8. July 26, 1928: Thrice He Routed All His Foes.
In which Bob Meusel sets a new American League record.

9. June 3, 1932: The Hits Keep On Coming.
In which the Iron Horse and Poosh 'Em Up Tony have memorable days.

10. October 1,1932: Two Balls In The Corner Pocket.
In which Babe Ruth performs the most debated gesture in sports history.

11. August 1, 1937: Pride of the Yankees.
In which Columbia Lou makes another mark in the record books.

12. August 27, 1938: Nine Little Indians.
In which Monte Pearson notches a tenth consecutive win in style.

13. July 19, 1940: The Neatest Trick.
In which everything goes right for Buddy Rosar.

14. September 8, 1940: Bombed in Boston.
In which Joe Gordon has a perfect day at the plate.

15. June 29, 1941: Clipping The Sizzler.
In which Joe DiMaggio reaches one milestone on his way to another.

16. October 5, 1941: Making Out Just Fine.
In which Old Reliable figures out how to win a game after the final out.

17. October 3, 1947: Almost Immortal.
In which Floyd "Bill" Bevens needs one more out.

18. May 20, 1948: Jolt From The Blue.
In which, eleven years later, Joe D. repeats a feat.

19. October 2, 1949: To The Wire.
In which Boston needs to win only one of two for a pennant.

20. July 12, 1951: Hail To The Chief.
In which Allie Reynolds twirls a gem.

21. September 28, 1951: Reynolds Wrap.
In which Superchief does it again.

22. October 7, 1952.
In which Billy the Kid snatches victory out of the air.

23. October 4, 1955: Dem Bums.
In which the Wild Man tames the Dodgers, but the Yankees fail to score.

24. October 8, 1956: Imperfect Man.
In which Don Larsen finds a ball in his shoe   .

25. July 23, 1957.
In which Mickey Mantle thrills all.

26. October 13, 1960: Pittsburgh Stealers.
In which a team which was thoroughly dominated nonetheless emerges on top.

27. September 20, 1961: Racing Ruth (& Frick).
In which Roger Maris finds himself having the worst best season ever.

28. October 8, 1961: Rough Year for Ruth.
In which Whitey Ford breaks Ruth's most favorite record.

29. October 16, 1962: Redemption.
In which Ralph Terry finds himself on the mound for the final pitch of the season, again.

30. October 10, 1964: The Bulldog.
In which a young "pheenom" and an old hero triumph.

31. August 29, 1972.
In which another kid from Oklahoma shines.

32. October 14, 1976: Chaos Unleashed.
In which the Yankees unlock the Bronx Zoo.

33. October 9, 1977: Royal Treatment.
In which George Brett and Kansas City experience d‚j… vu all over again.

34. October 18, 1977: Mr. October.
In which Reginald Martinez Jackson joins the ranks of the exalted.

35. October 2, 1978: Dented.
In which Carl Yastrzemski has reason to kick the Green Monster.

36. August 6, 1979: Captain, My Captain.
In which Bobby Murcer memorializes a close friend with the game of a lifetime.

37. July 4, 1983: Prince Righetti.
In which we enjoy "heat in the mid-nineties".

38. July 24 and August 18, 1983; Sticky Situation.
In which a game is lost, won, and lost again.

39. September 30, 1984: Photo Finish.
In which David and Goliath do battle under the glare of the media.

40. July 1, 1990: No No No.
In which a tough-luck pitcher's luck gets even tougher.

41. eptember 4, 1993: One for the Books.
In which a courageous pitcher defeats his opponents single-handedly.

42. September 3, 1995: Races Wild.
In which the wild-card race is enlivened by one player's special day.

43. October 8, 1995: Seattle Slew.
In which the Captain excels but a pitch goes Strange.

44. May 14, 1996: Dr. No.
In which a New York icon makes an improbable comeback.

45. October 23, 1996: King of the Comeback.
In which the first of a long line of elite closers is broken by Yankee magic.

46. May 17, 1998: Imperfect Man II.
In which history repeats itself in grand fashion.

47. July 18, 1999: Just Deserts.
In which a medical miracle and a dose of old Yankee magic reward a pitcher's patience.

48. October 14, 2000: Rocket's Red Glare.
In which Roger Clemens proves he is a Yankee and a champion in Seattle.

49. October 13, 2001: The Play.
In which hope flares again in a grieving city.

50. October 16, 2003: The Curse Lives.
In which Fate brings together old rivals and makes new heroes.

The Greatest Games Ranked 1 to 50.

The "Other" 50 Greatest Games.

Acknowledgments.

Notes on Research Techniques.

References.

Index.

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"Cecilia Tan has written a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a book. The reader is taken through the dramatic ebb and flow of the 50 greatest Yankee games. We learn a lot about the team from the Bronx in this fact-filled, entertainingly written opus. Should be required reading for all fans of the New York Yankees." —Harvey Frommer, author of A Yankee Century and The New York Yankee Encyclopedia

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