Baseball's Greatest Series: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History

Baseball's Greatest Series: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History

by Chris Donnelly

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Baseball's Greatest Series: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History by Chris Donnelly


Baseball's Greatest Series details what many believe to be the most exciting postseason series in baseball history: the 1995 Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners.

This division series was not simply about two teams playing five postseason games. It was about Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter, Gene Michael, Jim Leyritz, Randy Johnson, Wade Boggs, Tony Fernandez, Pat Kelly, Dion James, Darryl Strawberryùand many others who changed the course of baseball history . . .
A team playing to keep baseball alive in the Pacific Northwest
A manager who was literally managing for his job
A New York sports icon who for one week reminded everybody of the dominating player he had been a decade earlier

Chris Donnelly's replay of this entire season reminds readers that it was a time when grown men cried their eyes out after defeat, and others, just a few hundred feet away, poured beer and champagne over one another while 57,000 people in Seattle's Kingdome celebrated. Five games they were. Five games that reminded people, after the devastating players' strike in 1994, how great a game baseball is because comebacks are always possible, no matter how great the obstacles may seem.

From Don Mattingly's only postseason home run, which caused a near riot, to Edgar Martinez's legendary eleventh inning series-clinching double, Donnelly chronicles the earlier struggles of both teams during the 1980s, their mid-1990s resurgence, all five heart-stopping games of the series, and the dramatic and long-lasting effects of Seattle's victory. Simply stated, Baseball's Greatest Series hits a home run.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813546629
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 229,614
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Chris Donnelly, a lifelong baseball fan, is a graduate of the College of New Jersey. He resides in Mercer County, New Jersey, with his wife, Jamie.

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