Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees

Univ. of Nebraska. Apr. 2013. (Memorable Teams in Baseball History). 368p. ed. by . photogs. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780803240940. pap. $26.95. SPORTS
Usually when Yankees fans think of a triumphant year for the pinstripes they think of a golden year in the 1930s, or a later year under Casey Stengel. In this larger-format book, Spatz (1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York) presents what is cumulatively an intense and evocative study of a liminal Yankees season instead, one in which little was expected of a mélange of veterans, rookies, and has-beens. Spoiler alert: they won the World Series. With biographies contributed by various members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and a small number of historical-interpetive pieces as well, e.g., "The Yankees' Nineteen-Game Winning Streak," the book is not a conventional A-Z reference; the biographies are arranged within subsections of the season's time line; for example, Ray Mack gets a biography right after the time line for April 30 to May 22 is presented. (Mack played one game for the Yanks, as a pinch runner, on May 6, 1947).
VERDICT The pieces are written in the lively voices of writers deeply instilled with Yankees lore. Fans of the historical Yankees are likely to love this. For every Yankees collection.
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