New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory

New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory

by William Hageman, Bill Hageman

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Overview

The New York Yankees have been hailed as the greatest team of all time. But the glory of the club has been the contributions made by individual team members. Who will ever forget Mickey �The Mick� Mantle in 1956, or Roger Maris in 1961, or Reggie �Mr. October� Jackson in 1980? How could one possibly choose the best individual Yankee seasons from the sensational performances of such greats as Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly, Joe DiMaggio, Tommy John, and Goose Gossage?

In New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory sportswriters William Hageman and Warren Wilbert (who actually admitted to being Chicago White Sox fans!) have undertaken that Herculean task. And here they spotlight the 50 greatest individual Yankee seasons of all time ranked in order of their memorability. To do so, Hageman and Wilbert evaluated every season of every player who donned the pinstripes by following the Sabermetric rating system�a series of complex mathematical formulas that analyze not only a player's statistics for a given year but also take into account the ballparks in which they played, the strength of the league that season, the overall team stats, and other factors. Sabermetrics even allows for comparisons between players and clubs of different eras.

A monumental task, but definitely doable, as the daring Hageman and Wilbert have proven. Open the pages of New York Yankees: Seasons of Glory and see what you think. Was Roger Maris better in 1960, his first year in the Bronx, than he was in 1961, when he hit 61 home runs? Was Sparky Lyle really more valuable to the Yankees in 1977 than in 1972, when he had more saves and a better ERA? By making choices such as these, Hageman and Wilbert will surely stir up controversy and arouse passions. But, then again, so have Yogi Berra, Rickey Henderson, David Wells, and George Steinbrenner!

So accept the authors' invitation: sit back, relax, and relive some of the greatest individual performances in the history of the national pastime.

Author Biography: William Hageman, coauthor of Chicago Cubs: Seasons at the Summit, is an editor in the features department of the Chicago Tribune. He previously worked as a sportswriter, editor, and columnist for newspapers in Michigan and Delaware, and last year authored a biography of Honus Wagner. Bill resides in Aurora, Illinois, with his wife and three daughters.

Warren Wilbert, dean emeritus of Lifelong Learning Services at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has served as a Lutheran educator and as a football, basketball, and baseball coach. Coauthor with Bill Hageman of Chicago Cubs: Seasons at the Summit, he has also written for athletic and sports journals. His article "20 Year Men" appears in the 1996 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, a publication of the Society for American Baseball Research. Warren and his wife, Ginny, reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Warren maintains a lively interest in adult education, baseball (especially the White Sox), and his grandchildren.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824604387
Publisher: David, Jonathan Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Introductionxiii
A Welcome From the Authorsxv
A Salute to the 1998 New York Yankeesxix
From the Top
1.Babe Ruth 19231
2.Mickey Mantle 195611
3.Lou Gehrig 193421
4.Rickey Henderson 198529
5.Snuffy Stirnwelss 194535
6.Jack Chesbro 190441
7.Lefty Gomez 193747
8.Joe DiMaggio 194153
9.Ron Guidry 197861
10.Carl Mays 192167
11.Spud Chandler 194375
12.Bobby Murcer 197181
13.Joe Gordon 194287
14.Bill Dickey 193793
15.Roger Peckinpaugh 191999
16.Don Mattingly 1984103
17.Tony Lazzeri 1929109
18.Wilcy Moore 1927115
19.Red Ruffing 1939121
20.Mariano Rivera 1997127
21.Goose Gossage 1978133
22.Dave Righetti 1986139
23.Whitey Ford 1956145
24.Roy White 1971151
25.Sparky Lyle 1977157
An Outstanding Supporting Cast
26.Charlie Keller 1942165
27.Russ Ford 1910171
28.Luis Arroyo 1961177
29.Bob Shawkey 1920183
30.Yogi Berra 1956189
31.Reggie Jackson 1980195
32.Elston Howard 1961203
33.Gil McDougald 1957209
34.Phil Rizzuto 1950215
35.Paul O'Neill 1994221
36.Graig Nettles 1976227
37.Andy Pettitte 1997233
38.Clete Boyer 1962239
39.Dave Winfield 1984245
40.Allie Reynolds 1952251
41.Mel Stottlemyre 1969257
42.Catfish Hunter 1975263
43.Del Pratt 1919269
44.Thurman Munson 1973273
45.Roger Maris 1960281
46.Herb Pennock 1924291
47.Willie Randolph 1980297
48.Tommy John 1979303
49.Wade Boggs 1994309
50.Joe Page 1949315
More Than an Afterthought321

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