Journal of Sports History
At one time New York had three major league teams: the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers. What a time! In the days after World War II, some of the most heady times ever in the city, there was one incredible Baseball Decade. From 1946-57 the New York teams owned baseball. Relive the golden days of the 1950s in this amazing account. And loaded with photos and stats that fans love. Here's to you, Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio.
When the lights came on again after World War II, they illuminated a nation ready for heroes and a city --New York--eager for entertainment. Baseball provided the heroes, and the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers--with their rivalries, their successes, their stars--provided the show.
Oisk and Newk, Pee Wee and Skoonj, Ski, Campy, Preacher, Westy, Blacky, Whitey, Yogi, the Yankee Clipper, the Peepul's
Cherce, the Old Reliable--New York City Baseball recaptures the golden decade of 1947-1957, when the three New York teams were the uncrowned kings of the city and the very embodiment of the national pastime for much of the U.S. In those ten years, Casey Stengel and his Bronx Bombers went to the World Series seven times;
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio stepped gracefully aside to make room for a yong slugger named Mickey Mantle; one Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard 'round the world"' and the Brooklyn (but not for much longer) Dodgers achieved the impossible by beating the Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
"In June of that first momentous year, he
startled everyone by scoring all the way from first base on a sacrifice
by Gene Hermanski in a game in Chicago. Another time he dashed to second
base on a walk. He stole home and for a brief instant the loyalty of the
hometown fans in a game in Pittsburgh. Walking leads that terrorized
opposing pitchers, football-like slides that intimidated infielders,
clutch hit after clutch hit, evasive tactics on rundown plays - these
became part of the Robinson mystique and style. " NEWSDAY
Harvey Frommer's book "New York City Baseball.
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