(PRWEB) December 31, 2003
A Yankee Century: A Celebration of the First Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team" by Harvey Frommer (Berkley, $26.95, 428 pages. Frommer, the author of more than 30 sports books, presents lots of facts, including a Yankees timeline, a who's who of players, managers, coaches and front office types, a look at the best and worst Yankees teams, quotes by and about the Yankees and a bunch of team stats and a quiz...
"A definitive chronology of one of America's legendary sports teams."
"A Must have for Yankee fans and baseball fans."
"A Yankee Century may at first glance seem like a special interest book, and it will indeed appeal particularly to Yankee fans. However, because of their sheer dominance--it really was their century--the history of the Yankees is to a unique extent a history of baseball in general. Where 100 years of a team like the Reds would inevitably have vast dry patches, we all know and rooted vigorously for or against the Yankees of many different eras. Thus while there are delights in store for the fanatic--like the fact that Babe Ruth by himself had more homeruns (60) in 1927 than the 2nd place team (the A's with 56) or that when Grover Cleveland Alexander had his legendary confrontation with Tony Lazzeri, the Yankee was just 22 years old, just a kid really--no one who follows the game will have trouble finding material here that interests them. Mr. Frommer has included copious illustrations and the book is broken up into a wide variety of sections, from quizzes to profiles to statistics. This makes the book very accessible and, in the best sense, putdownable. It's a book that you want to delve into a bit at a time and to skip around in, rather than to read in one sitting. It's like a king-size Whitman Sampler."
"Harvey Frommer, one of the game's most prolific authors, has come out with another gem in A Yankee Century: A Celebration of the First Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team (Berkley, $26.95). Rather than a straight-forward prosaic history, Frommer is just plain fun with his chapters on memorable moments; a Yankee "who's who"; the best and worst in the long history of the team; quotes and nifty nicknames; a "by-the-numbers" look at the club; and a chapter on the "House that Ruth Built" itself, an appreciation for the most cherished venue in all of sports."
Arnold Dean, WTIC, Sports Talk
"It reads like a novel, a terrific book by one of the most prolific sports authors in America. So many unique things. The ÂMarch of Yankee TimeÂ chapter has so many insights and things odd and interesting about the Yankees Â I learned a lot. Just marvelous."
More fun than any other Yankee title this year is Frommer's gem. This is the sort of book you want by your side during the season and all through the long winter, to dip into to astound and amaze your companions. The first chapter lists key dates in Yankee history; the second covers the history of the stadium. There's a list of memorable moments, of course, and a Yankee who's who. But best of all is part 3: pages of one-liners and quips (Mark Grace on Arizona's win in the seventh game of the 2001 World Series, "It's like winning in the bottom of the ninth off of God!"), a whole list of Yankee nicknames and catchwords, and a 100-question Yankee quiz (with answers). And there are sidebars and lists and charts galore.
Society For American Baseball Research
"This detailed volume celebrates a legendary century of Yankee history. Included in the book are rare photographs, statistics, a Yankee quiz, introduction by Yankee great Paul O'Neill and profiles of such legends as Mickey Mantle, Don Mattingly, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio and more."
"The book commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Yankees. Anecdotes recounting great moments in Yankees history, such as Dave RighettiÂs no-hitter in 1983 and Mickey MantleÂs tape-measure home run in 1953. I truly enjoyed reading through this book and even those who arenÂt Yankees fans may enjoy it."
CABLE RADIO NETWORK/SPORTS CORNER
"The book to give to Yankee fans, to Yankee haters - - pure Yankee baseball told by a sports author pro. Highly enjoyable. If you like baseball - you will love this book."
"A 400 page plus New York Yankees extravaganza!!
If you're a Yankee fan, you've got to pick it up. It has everything - - lists, quotes, profiles, sketches, great game, teams, personalities. A true celebration of the Yankees. Very interesting."
Harvey Frommer is the celebrated author of more than 30 sports books, including the classics Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, New York City Baseball, and The New York Yankee Encyclopedia. He wrote for Yankees magazine for 16 years. Together with his wife, Myrna Katz Frommer, he authored the critically acclaimed oral histories It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Brooklyn, It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened on Broadway, and Growing Up Jewish in America. Frommer is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, and a longtime Yankee fan.