A Yankee Century

A Celebration of the first Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team

By Harvey Frommer

 A Review by Phil Speranza

 If you are a Yankee Fan like myself you probably have a lot of Yankees related books in your collection.  Chances are that Harvey Frommer wrote more than one of them.  Mr. Frommer, a life long Yankees fan wrote for Yankees Magazine for sixteen years.  He also wrote more than thirty Sports books including The New York Yankee Encyclopedia and New York City Baseball.  Recnetly he commemorated the Yankees 100th Season with his latest “A Yankee Century. 

This book is the perfect companion for the encyclopedia.  It is written so that you can bounce from one topic to the next.  It starts you out by looking at a chronological look at the Yankees first 100 years.  It takes your from the birth of the Bambino to the dedication of Reggie Jackson’s plaque in Monument Park. 

What is your favorite moment in Yankees History? Chapter 2 looks at them all and the perfect way to trigger your Yankee memories, both good and bad.  The book continues with a Who’s Who that cover just about everyone you could think of and a few you couldn’t.  Then a new twist is added when Harvey Frommer looks back at some of the great and not so great Yankee teams of the century.

Babe Ruth was known as the Sultan of Swat and Mickey Mantle was know as the Commerce Comet.  But who what the Brooklyn Schoolboy?  Bruiser? Or Dial a Deal?  Well all those answers can be found in this book.

Although the Bombers were the first team to wear uniform numbers the next section, “By The Numbers” is more than that.  For instance what does the number 4 mean to the Yankees?  The most balks in a game by Vic Raschi on May 3, 1950.  It is also Casey’s streak of managing losing All Star games (1950 to 1953).  And of course it is Lou Gehrig’s uniform number.

There is a section on Yankee trivia entitled 100 Question Yankee Quiz.  This quiz separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.  It covers the ridiculous to the sublime.  See just how good a fan you are.

What Yankee Book would be complete without a section where you can find lists, charts, Yankee Firsts, Yankee Lasts, Yankee Longests and much much more.

With an introduction by Yankee favorite Paul O’Neill what more can you ask for.  This definitive compilation captures the Yankee tradition in words, stats and photographs.  It is the Yankees at your fingertips.  It is light reading or something you won’t want to put down.  A perfect gift for the Yankee fan but buy two you wont want to give it away.

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