The 50 Greatest Yankee Games
"Cecilia Tan has written a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a book. The reader is taken through the dramatic ebb and flow of the 50 greatest Yankee games. We learn a lot about the team from the Bronx in this fact-filled, entertainingly written opus. Should be required reading for all fans of the New York Yankees."
-Harvey Frommer, author of A Yankee Century and The New York Yankee Encyclopedia
Where were you when Mickey Mantle hit a walk-off home run in the 1964 World Series? Does your great-uncle Morty still talk about the time he saw Don Larsen pitch a no-hitter? Have you gotten tired yet of telling the story about Aaron Boone's walk-off home run that won the 2003 pennant?
Every Yankee fan has a memory they will never forget or a game they wish they had been present to witness. Covering an entire century of New York Yankees baseball, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games brings together the best (and sometimes worst) moments experienced by the most successful sports franchise on the planet. From history-making plays to incredible individual achievements, from regular season games to playoffs to the World Series, Cecilia Tan deftly recreates the suspense, excitement, and drama on the field, putting you right at home plate as the action unfolds.
Drawing upon her extensive research, Tan devotes each fact-packed chapter to a single game, incorporating exclusive interviews with players, personal recollections, and quotes from newspapers and magazines of the time, as well as vintage photographs and trivia about the people, places, and events that made these games legendary. You'll hear from such Yankee greats as Yogi Berra, Al Downing, Whitey Ford, Joe Girardi, Dwight Gooden, Reggie Jackson, Phil Linz, Graig Nettles, and Roy White, to name a few. You'll also meet the not-so-famous figures who contributed to unforgettable moments in Yankee history.
From the triumphs to the heartbreaks, you'll be there as:
" Bert Daniels enters the record books in 1912 by
hitting for the cycle
" Babe Ruth performs the most debated gesture in sports history
" Joe DiMaggio reaches one milestone on his way to another
" "The Wild Man" tames the Dodgers, but the Bombers fail to score
" Bobby Murcer delivers the game-winning hit just hours after delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral
" Dave Righetti throws his no-hitter against the Red Sox
" Don Mattingly shines, but Seattle savors the day
" The 2003 pennant race proves that the curse of the Bambino will live on for another year
Written with all the enthusiasm and spirit of a die-hard Yankee fan, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games captures all the mania, mystery, and magic surrounding the most popular baseball team of all time.
CECILIA TAN was born in New York City and raised a Yankee
fan by her dad, who got hooked on the team after emigrating from the Philippines.
She has written features for Yankees Magazine (the official scorecard magazine
of the New York Yankees), Mudville, Baseball Ink, Baseball Today, and Picto.
Tan was formerly a columnist for Yankees Xtreme, the team's official Web
site prior to the centralization of MLB.com, and a staff writer for Yankeebaseball.net.
She produces her own online baseball magazine, Why I Like Baseball, and
is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Tan is also a
noted fiction writer and editor.