The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History

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Scarecrow Press, Mar 9, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s most renowned and successful franchise. Baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter have all worn the famous navy blue and white pinstripes. The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, and 29 players who spent at least a year with the team have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With so many Hall of Famers to choose from, selecting the best players in the history of the franchise might seem impossible; yet that is exactly what Robert W. Cohen has done in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History.

This book carefully examines the careers of the players who made the greatest impact on the most successful franchise in the history of professional sports. The ranking was determined based on such factors as the extent to which each player added to the Yankees legacy, the degree to which he impacted the fortunes of his team, and the level of dominance he attained while wearing the Yankee uniform. Features of The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History include
  • Each player’s notable achievements
  • Recaps of the player’s most memorable performances
  • Summaries of each player’s best season
  • Quotes from opposing players and former teammates

Yankees fans and baseball fans in general will find The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History a fascinating collection of bios, stats, recaps, quotes, and more. And with such iconic figures as Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, and Andy Pettitte, this book is sure to inspire debate and controversy among true Yankees fans.
 

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"The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History" will be well-received by Yankee fans and those wanting to do a little quick research on some of the best in Bronx Bomber history. Written by ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 01 Babe Ruth
1
Chapter 02 Lou Gehrig
8
Chapter 03 Joe DiMaggio
14
Chapter 04 Mickey Mantle
21
Chapter 05 Yogi Berra
29
Chapter 06 Derek Jeter
35
Chapter 07 Mariano Rivera
41
Chapter 08 Bill Dickey
46
Chapter 29 Mel Stottlemyre
149
Chapter 30 Bob Meusel
156
Chapter 31 Elston Howard
161
Chapter 32 Jorge Posada
167
Chapter 33 Andy Pettitte
172
Chapter 34 Bob Shawkey
177
Chapter 35 Tommy Henrich
181
Chapter 36 Rich Gossage
185

Chapter 09 Whitey Ford
50
Chapter 10 Don Mattingly
56
Chapter 11 Bernie Williams
64
Chapter 12 Alex Rodriguez
68
Cjhapter 13 Red Ruffing
74
Chapter 14 Lefty Gomez
77
Chapter 15 Earle Combs
81
Chapter 16 Dave Winfield
85
Chapter 17 Joe Gordon
89
Chapter 18 Tony Lazzeri
94
Chapter 19 Ron Guidry
98
Chapter 20 Graig Nettles
103
Chapter 21 Paul ONeill
109
Chapter 22 Roger Maris
114
Chapter 23 Jack Chesbro
120
Chapter 24 Thurman Munson
124
Chapter 25 Reggie Jackson
131
Chapter 26 Herb Pennock
137
Photospread
140
Chapter 27 Waite Hoyt
141
Chapter 28 Phil Rizzuto
144
Chapter 37 Charlie Keller
191
Chapter 38 Bobby Murcer
195
Chapter 39 Roy White
203
Chapter 40 Rickey Henderson
209
Chapter 41 Sparky Lyle
215
Chapter 42 Allie Reynolds
220
Chapter 43 Vic Raschi
225
Chapter 44 Robinson Cano
229
Chapter 45 Tino Martinez
234
Chapter 46 Willie Randolph
239
Chapter 47 Bill Skowron
244
Chapter 48 Hideki Matsui
248
Chapter 49 Mike Mussina
253
Chapter 50 Dave Righetti
258
The Next 50
263
Abbreviations and Statistical Terms
287
Bibliography
289
Index
291
About the Author
297
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Robert W. Cohen is the author of four sports books: A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team (2004), The Lean Years of the Yankees: 1965-1975 (2004), Baseball's Hall of Fame – Or Hall of Shame? (2009), and MVP (2010). Cohen currently writes for the website TheBaseballPage.com.

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