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Excelllent Reference Book!

  • May 22, 2013

This review is based on a free copy I received from At Home Plate.  I looked through this book and found it packed with a lot of great information, not only of the top 50 players but also players 51-100.  Most true Yankee fans know the top 10 (Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra, Jeter, etc.) but after that you get to know some great stats and milestones that were compiled by some you may not know a lot about (Earl Combs, Bob Meusal, Bob Shawkey are examples).  Several players that you think should be rated higher (Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Ricky Henderson, Catfish Hunter) are not so high up on the list because their actual time in pinstripes was limited and they had several of their best years with other teams.

Each player has a couple of pages of biography followed by career highlights and notable acheivements.  This is followed by the all-time Yankee first teams and second teams (the second team is pretty formidable) and then players 51-100.  The book is good because the reader can pick and choose who they want to read about and it has so much rich information in one place.  Then there is CC Sabathia coming in at #61 who should move up as he puts in more time with the pinstripes.

I give this book 4 stars.  The only reason I do not give it 5 is because it is more of a reference book than one I would read cover to cover.

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June 06, 2013
aaahhhh...at first I thought "of all baseball" then I would take a look :)
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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 twenty-seven World Series, and twenty-nine 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.

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 ...
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