Red Sox vs. Yankees: Hometown Experts Analyze, Debate, and Illuminate Baseball's Ultimate Rivalry

Red Sox vs. Yankees: Hometown Experts Analyze, Debate, and Illuminate Baseball's Ultimate Rivalry

by Bill Nowlin, David Fischer


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Ted Williams or Babe Ruth? Nomar Graciaparra or Derek Jeter? Roger Clemens or…Roger Clemens? Who was better? Who was best? Catchers? Varitek or Fish? Yogi or Posada?

For more than 115 years, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have been battling it out on the diamond, playing each other over 2,000 times. This heated rivalry has stood the test of time, as one team’s triumph usually means the other’s dismay. While the teams battle on the field, the fans and cities take the rivalry just as seriously.

But who’s the best? Which team’s players have the edge? Which team’s squad would reign supreme? If you ask a New Yorker, you’ll get an obvious answer; same with a Bostonian. But what happens when two men from opposite sides of the track sit down to discuss who is the best?

Red Sox vs. Yankees pairs baseball historians Bill Nowlin (Red Sox) and David Fischer (Yankees) to discuss who each team’s best position player was and which super team would win in a head-to-head series. Obviously, they won’t easily agree. Obviously, there will be cheap shots and venom spewed back and forth. But in the end, we will have two teams: one of the greatest players and one of each squad’s best year.

You can guess that Nowlin will say that the Sox will win, while Fischer is confident that the Yanks will be victorious. But it’s not that easy. Thanks to the help of Action! PC Baseball, we will have a simulation to find out which team would win in a head-to-head battle. Will the All-Star Yankees take the series? Will the Red Sox pummel the best the Bronx has to offer? There’s only one way to find out.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683583042
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: Classic Sports Rivalries
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 722,112
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Nowlin was born and raised in Boston. He is the author of over twenty-five Red Sox–related books, including Red Sox by the Numbers and Fenway Park at 100. In 2004, Nowlin was elected vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and remains on the Board of Directors. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David Fischer has written for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated Kids, and has worked at Sports Illustrated, National Sports Daily, and NBC Sports. He is also the author of Derek Jeter #2: Thanks for the Memories, Miracle Moments in New York Yankees History, and editor of Facing Mariano Rivera.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

I The All-Time Teams


Catcher 1

First Base 11

Second Base 23

Shortstop 37

Third Base 55

Left Field 67

Center Field 77

Right Field 91

Designated Hitter 103

Right-Handed Starter 115

Left-Handed Starter 127

Relief Pitcher 139

Closer 149

The All-Time Team Simulation Match-Up

Pre-Series 163

Managers' Pre-Series Press Conference 165

All-Time Team Series 170

Managers' Post-Series Press Conference 206

Parting Shots 209

II The Best Teams

New York Yankees 217

Boston Red Sox 225

The Best Team Simulation Match-Up

Pre-Series 239

Managers' Pre-Series Press Conference 241

Best Team Series 248

Managers' Post-Series Press Conference 284

Parting Shots 286

Extra Innings 295

About the Authors 299

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