Before They Were the Bombers: The New York Yankees' Early Years, 1903-1915

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McFarland, Mar 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Many histories of the New York Yankees only skim the early years in their rush to pick up with the 1919 season when Babe Ruth joined the team and go on to celebrate the careers of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford, and the team's World Series titles. But what about the Yankees before these big names? The early Yankees, who spent their first 12 years known as the Highlanders and were occasionally known as the Americans and the Invaders, get the attention they deserve in this work. It tells the story up until the sale of the Yankees in December 1914, beginning with 1903 when the team was formed from the remnants of the Baltimore Orioles. Led by future Hall of Famers "Wee" Willie Keeler, Jack Chesbro, and Clark Griffith, they were the most expensive major league team ever assembled--but they are remembered primarily for their terrible failures, which included losing a club-low 103 games in 1908 and finishing 55 games out of first place in 1912. Yes, the Yankees.
 

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The future Yankees began as the transplanted Orioles of the emerging American League in 1903. The then Highlanders would play for ten years at remote Hilltop Park until an interval at the Giants' Polo ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Enter the Prince
5
2 A Normal Start at Least
10
3 Origins
15
4 Hell of a Town
24
5 New Yawk New Yawk
30
6 Play Ball
38
7 Into the Swing
51
15 Hoodoo Reigns
134
16 Rock Bottom
138
17 Evolution and Other Weighty Things
140
18 Nowhere to Go But Up
149
19 Not Bad Not So Good Either
166
20 East Side West Side All Around the Town
184
21 A Bunion and an Onion
207
22 Money Talks
235

8 Of Wise Guys and Other Matters
56
9 The Good the Bad and the Mostly Ugly
70
10 Happy Jack and the Epic Race of 1904
77
11 They Might Be Giants
91
12 Prince Hal
100
13 A Closer Look
122
14 Going Nowhere
130
23 Endings
240
24 Postscript
252
The First Dozen YearsStatistics
255
Primary Source Notes
273
Bibliography
275
Index
277
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Jim Reisler has written books covering such topics as baseball, the deaf, and sportswriters. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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