1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York
Lyle Spatz (Author), Stephen L. Steinberg (Author), Charles C. Alexander have put together a magical season review that changed baseball
At the dawn of the roaring twenties, baseball was struggling to overcome two of its darkest moments: the death of a player during a Major League game and the revelations of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. At this critical juncture for baseball, two teams … see full wiki
The authors present two divergent teams. The New York Giants at the peak of their dynasty and the New York Yankees, trying to start their own. The book is rich in history and well researched. Interesting portrayal of Giants manager John McGraw who was instrumental in persuading Colonel Ruppert into buying the Yankees.
Boston fans point to the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees as the beginning of the "curse" but the Yankees premiere pitcher, Carl Mays and several other top players came from the Red Sox and helped the Yankees to begin their greatness. Interestingly, the authors omit any mention of Red Sox owner, Frayze and his needing cash for No No Nanette, which is always quoted as the reason for selling the Babe.
Both teams battled for the same fans in the same ballpark with the Yankees actually outdrawing the Giants. During the season Ruppert purchases the land across the river where he will later build Yankees Stadium.
The authors recount the end of 1920 in which Cleveland beat the Dodgers in the World Series as well as the 1921 season and have many priceless photographs. The eight games of the World Series (it was a best 5 of 8 that year) are recounted in detail and all the box scores and stats are provided at the end in one of several appendices. There is also an Epilogue which tells of the succeding two seasons after 1921.
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