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Those damn Yankees : the secret life of America's greatest franchise
Chadwin, Dean.
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New York : Verso, 1999.
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viii, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
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GV875.N4 C49 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This volume is an unconventional foray into the underworld of baseball. It looks at issues such as baseball's cult of memory, numerology in sport and society, the emergence of an anti-competitive league and exploitation by a cartel. The book has been expanded to include the Yankee's World Series appearance in the 1999 season.

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Library Journal Review

It wouldn't be much of a stretch if this highly critical study of the New York Yankees past and present were to pin the ebola virus or ethnic cleansing in Kosovo on the Yanks. (New York-based writer and attorney Chadwin points out, for instance, that Phillies general manager Herb Pennock, who threatened to pull his team off the field to protest the Dodgers' hiring Jackie Robinson, was a former Yankee. Are we to infer that Pennock came by his racism through his association with the "Yankee Nation"?) But despite his hammering at the Yankees, Chadwin's true target remains cloudy. Is it the Yankees? Is it major league baseball, rife with the same sins he ascribes to New Yorkers? Owner George Steinbrenner, who has deservedly worn bull's-eyes for years? Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is portrayed as Steinbrenner's partner in crime? Despite its cogent discussions of racism in baseball and the devolution of major league franchises into haves and have-nots, this is recommended only for libraries with comprehensive sports collections or those located in the New York area. ÄJim G. Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prologue Weapon of Mass Distractionp. 1
1 Crowd Pleasersp. 21
2 The Death of Competitionp. 83
3 Anyone But Jackiep. 133
4 Stop the Pressesp. 175
5 The House that Rudy Builtp. 211
6 Fields of Dreamsp. 237
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 257