Dawn of a Dynasty

Dawn of a Dynasty


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At the start of the 1947 baseball season, reporters projected the Boston Red Sox would repeat as American League champions. The New York Yankees were picked to finish no higher than third place. The reporters were wrong.

The Yankees were a veteran team as Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Henrich, and Charlie Keller returned from World War II military service. It was also a team that introduced New York fans to rookies Yogi Berra, Bobby Brown, and Frank Shea. The team saw stand-out performances from players such as Allie Reynolds, who was obtained in a trade with Cleveland and was a nineteen-game winner, and Joe Page, who became baseball's top relief hurler that same year.

Frank Strauss was a twelve-year-old fan in 1947; he kept meticulous scrapbooks and even met some of the players. In Dawn of a Dynasty, he relives for readers how this team won nineteen straight games in midseason and later claimed the pennant-then capped the season with a memorable World Series win against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The unforgettable 1947 Yankee team launched a remarkable record of winning fifteen American League pennants and ten World Championships between 1947 and 1964 and truly marked the Dawn of a Dynasty.

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ISBN-13: 9780595453375
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/04/2008
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Yankee lovers and haters alike, the 1947 Yankees club was a team to love, and Mr. Strauss's work is magnificent. With keen analysis, Strauss brings the 1947 season to life, and captures the personalities and dynamic of the unlikely cast of characters who marked the start of the Yankees second great dynasty. This book is a must-read, and as an avid Yankees fan, I wish our current teams were more like the 1947 club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brings back memories of watching great teams play at Crosley field in cincinnati back in the 50's. Great reading for all sports fans. An era when players love the game and played with heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Dawn of a Dynasty, Frank Strauss presents a group of teammates who 'enjoyed' little public expectation of greatness, the 1947 Yankees. At that time, baseball organizations were much more limited in their ability to sure-up their teams. Baseball was not a game of quick-fixes back then there were few big money off-season deals and no high-science drug regimines. Teams were at the mercy of time, they had to do the best they could with what they had, and the Yankees had old men and young boys. Yet from this team of low expectations emerged a franchise whose name is synonymous with terms such as champions and winners. Indeed, it is due to the accomplishments of this group of teammates in 1947, and in subsequent years, that the entire free-world expects the Yankee organization to field a championship-level team each year. This is a fantastic book that brings to life the beginnings of the Yankees as we know them today - a pop-culture icon of greatness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not alive in 1947, but Mr. Strauss has done a fantastic job of bringing these legendary players to life. I am a huge Yankees fan, and I think any true fan of baseball should read this book.