By Tom Adelman
"Richly layered....An enjoyable and informative portrait of 2 underappreciated groups in an unforgettable time."--Boston Sunday Globe
The such a lot amazing international sequence ever? Many baseball enthusiasts could agree that it was once the epic 1966 conflict among the reigning champion l. a. Dodgers and the perennial underdog Baltimore Orioles.
The godlike Sandy Koufax had led the Dodgers to victory in prior international sequence, and had complete the season with twenty-seven wins, a private most sensible. Few outdoor Baltimore gave the Orioles - slugger Frank Robinson best a tender workforce of no-name youngsters and promising customers - greater than a scuffling with likelihood opposed to such sequence veterans as Koufax, Don Drysdale, Maury Wills, and the remaining. specialists have been making a bet that la could sweep it in 4. What transpired as an alternative astonished the kingdom, because the maximum pitching functionality in international sequence heritage capped a redemption past imagining.
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"Black and Blue supplies strong baseball motion, ownerly perfidy, and social context." -Boston Globe
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657 slugging percentage in his first full season in the outfield. Fast becoming baseball’s most popular and recognizable figure, Ruth demanded to be paid as such. However, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, a theatrical producer who found himself deep in debt, refused to meet his disgruntled outfielder’s demands. More concerned with financing a Broadway show called No, No, Nanette, Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000 in December of 1919, and the rest, as they say, is history. 847 slugging percentage.
Other important factors that I needed to consider were the overall contributions that a player made to the success of the team, the degree to which he improved the fortunes of the ball club during his time in pinstripes, the manner in which he affected the team on and off the field, and the degree to which he added to the Yankee legacy of greatness. While the number of championships that the Yankees won during a particular player’s years with the ball club certainly entered into the equation, I chose not to deny a top performer his rightful place on the list if his years in New York happened to coincide with a dark period in franchise history.
Six-time Sporting News All-Star selection. Six-time AL All-Star (1933–1938). Seven-time AL champion. Six-time world champion. 3 Joe DiMaggio A valid case could be made for slotting either Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle into the number 3 spot in these rankings. Both men were terrific all-around players who excelled in every aspect of the game. Mantle had more raw power than DiMaggio, and he hit 175 more home runs over the course of his career. However, Mickey did so in almost 2,300 more plate appearances and almost 1,300 more official at bats than “Joltin’ Joe,” who lost three peak seasons to time spent in the military during World War II.
Black and Blue: Sandy Koufax, the Robinson Boys, and the World Series That Stunned America by Tom Adelman