The 1950s marked a transformative period in postwar American history. In baseball, one dynasty was the story during the decade. The New York Yankees played in eight World Series from 1950 to 1959, winning six of them. Yankees icon Joe DiMaggio retired following the 1951 season, but a new super star, Mickey Mantle, took over in Yankee Stadium’s center field in 1952. Mantle, the powerful switch-hitter who blasted tape-measure home runs and was often tortured by leg ailments, became the number one box office draw in baseball. He was the American League’s most valuable player in 1956 and 1957, putting together a triple crown season in 1956. Mantle came into baseball when television was just catching on, and with the Yankees reaching the World Series and appearing on national TV seemingly every season, he became the face of the game during the decade. Mantle joined with his pals, pitcher Whitey Ford and infielder Billy Martin, to form a hard-partying trio that would be a joy and a pain to management. The author of several books on the Yankees, David Fischer brings expertise and a knack for great story-telling to the saga of the most dominant decade in the annals of sport, set during a defining moment in U.S. history.
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About the Author
David Fischer has written for The New York Times and Sports Illustrated For Kids and has worked at Sports Illustrated, National Sports Daily, and NBC Sports. He is the author of several sports titles, including Aaron Judge: The Incredible Story of the New York Yankees’ Home Run-Hitting Phenom; Derek Jeter #2: Thanks for the Memories, and Miracle Moments in New York Yankees History. Fischer is also the editor of Facing Mariano Rivera. He resides in New Jersey.
Table of Contents
1950: The Almighty Casey 1
1951: Changing of the Guard 21
1952: Players Go to War 47
1953: The Beat Goes On 69
1954: Staying Power 87
1955: A Change Has Come 107
1956: Mickey Tops the Charts 135
1957: Braves New World 159
1958: A Western Frontier 183
1959: The Beginning of the End 203
Source Notes 235
About the Author 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
During the decade of the 1950’s, the New York Yankees had an incredible run of success. They won the World Series for the first four years of the decade as part of a streak of five consecutive championship seasons. Then they followed up with four more American League pennants and two more World Series championships in 1956 and 1958. This amazing decade of baseball in the Bronx is the subject of this book by David Fischer. Using numerous sources for his research such as newspaper articles and other books, Fischer relives each year of Yankees baseball and shares some anecdotes about the star players. These include players whose careers peaked earlier and ended in the 1950’s (Joe DiMaggio), those who began play in the 1950’s and continued (Mickey Mantle) or those who just began later in the decade (Elston Howard). While the writing is not greatly detailed or insightful, a reader will learn much about the players and manager Casey Stengel. As like any other book that describes a team or athlete during a certain time frame, this book will make references to important social or political events during that time. The topics are varied, such as television, cars, civil rights and President Eisenhower. Sometimes these are smoothly woven into the baseball text and at other times, they seem to be added simply because they occurred during the year that the exploits of the Yankees are currently being discussed. If a reader is a very knowledgeable, well-versed Yankee fan or historian, then he or she may already know about most of the material in this book. If the reader is a casual fan or is just interested in learning why New York was the dominant baseball team of the 1950’s then this book is for them. I wish to thank Lyons Press for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.