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Yankees by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Bronx Bombers by Uniform Number

Yankees by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Bronx Bombers by Uniform Number

by Bill Gutman

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What do Mark Koenig, Red Rolfe, Frank Crosetti, Sandy Alomar, Bobby Murcer, Wayne Tolleson, and Derek Jeter all have in common? They all wore #2 for the New York Yankees, even though nearly eight decades have passed between the first time Koenig buttoned up a Yankee uniform with that number and the last time Jeter performed the same routine.

Since 1929, the Yankees have issued 73 different numbers to more than 1,500 players. That’s a lot of overlap. That also makes for a lot of good stories. Yankees by the Numbers tells those stories for every Yankee since ’29—from Earle Combs (the original #1) to Charlie Keller (the only Yankee to ever wear #99)—providing insightful and humorous commentary about the more memorable players, from a fan’s perspective. Complete with more than 100 baseball cards (courtesy of the Topps Company), each chapter also features a fascinating sidebar that reveals which players were the most obscure to wear a certain number, and also which numbers produced the most wins, home runs and stolen bases in club history. For data seekers, the Yankees Alphabetical Roster is a complete listing of every single Yankee since 1929, the numbers they wore, and their years of service at the House that Ruth Built.

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ISBN-13: 9781626367470
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Gutman is a sportswriter and author. His books include Tales from the 1969–1970 New York Knicks, What if the Babe Had Kept His Red Sox? and Jeremy Lin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

#1 Billy the Kid Steps to the Plate 5

#2 The Captain into the 21st Century 13

#3 The One and Only Babe 20

#4 The Iron Horse. Baseball's Tragic Hero 25

#5 The Yankee Clipper 28

#6 From Clueless Joe to the Leader of a Dynasty 33

#7 The Mick. Who Else? 42

#8 A Pair of Hall Of Fame Catchers 49

#9 Roger Maris. A Long Time Coming 54

#10 Scooter 63

#11 Stars Early; A Potpourri Late 70

#12 The Number of the First Dh Ever 78

#13 A-Rod: For Better or Worse 86

#14 Sweet Lou, Professional Hitter 92

#15 Thurman Munson. Another Tragic Captain 101

#16 The Chairman of the Board 107

#17 The Springfield Rifle and Mick the Quick 112

#18 Losing Pitcher; Perfect Game 122

#19 From Murphy to Rags, A Couple of Stoppers 132

#20 Hip Hip Jorge 143

#21 Paul O'Neill: The Warrior 152

#22 The Super Chief and the Rocket 163

#23 Donnie Baseball 173

#24 Rickey, Tino and on to Cano 182

#25 Tommy John: Pitcher, Surgery 194

#26 The Magic that was El Duque 205

#27 A Real Mix with a Manager Leading the Way 214

#28 Sparky: Fun Guywith A Killer Slider 222

#29 Hunting Catfish 231

#30 Two True Yankees 242

#31 Don't Call him Mr. May 250

#32 Yankee Trailblazer and MVP, Elston Howard 258

#33 Make Room For Boomer 263

#34 Who are these Guys? 272

#35 The Moose; A Free Agent Signing Well Worth It 279

#36 Coney: Mr. Perfect 287

#37 The Old Perfessor 296

#38 A Number in Search of a Star 299

#39 The Straw Man: What Could Have Been 306

#40 Supporting Players Need Only Apply 315

#41 A Not So Big Unit 320

#42 The Best Closer Ever 327

#43 A Bunch Out of the Bullpen 333

#44 Reggie! Reggie! Reggie! 338

#45 Pitchers and Sluggers 343

#46 Andy Pettitte, Acts I and II 351

#47 No. 47: In Mothballs Until 1955 357

#48 The Players Dwindle Down 364

#49 Louisiana Lightning 368

#50 Get Me a Scorecard 372

#51 Bernie, Just Bernie 376

#52 & 53 CC and the Road to Abreu and Melky 381

#54 The Goose: A Hall of Famer at Last 392

#55-57 Godzilla Hits the Bronx 398

#58-61 Who Gets the Really High Numbers? 409

#62-99 You Sure these Aren't Football Players? 414

Acknowledgments 422

About the Author 423

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