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The lean years of the Yankees, 1965-1975
Cohen, Robert W.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2004]

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ix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Yankee legacy -- New York's downfall -- 1965 : the dynasty ends -- 1966 : a new low point -- 1967 : farewell Ellie and Whitey -- 1968 : the year of the pitcher -- 1969 : a year of change -- 1970 : them damn birds -- 1971 : the team regresses but a star is born -- 1972 : parity comes to the American League East -- 1973 : a season filled with disappointment -- 1974 : the great pennant race -- 1975 : one last year of mediocrity -- The legacy continues.
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GV875.N4 C65 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The New York Yankees' history is filled with great achievements, outstanding performances, and unprecedented success. For more than 40 years, from 1921 to 1964, the Yankees and their fans had much to cheer about--the team won 29 pennants and 20 world championships and featured such greats as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. Yankee haters waited endlessly for the fall of the seemingly unbeatable team from New York, and finally, in 1965, the Yankees began to flounder. The team didn't win anything for the next eleven years. Each losing season, from 1965 through 1975, is fully covered in this book. The author maintains that in their long losing streak and mediocrity, the Yankees somehow acquired a more endearing quality that had not previously existed. The team that had once offered its fans Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and other greats now offered Bill Robinson, Danny Cater, Jerry Kenney and Jake Gibbs, and standouts Bobby Murcer, Mel Stottlemyre, Thurman Munson and Roy White--men who knew the Yankees' long and glorious history, but also knew first-hand the decade of frustration and disappointment that Yankees players and fans had to live through.

Author Notes

Robert W. Cohen lives in Ridgefield, New Jersey. His first published work was A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 The Yankee Legacyp. 3
2 New York's Downfallp. 8
3 1965: The Dynasty Endsp. 12
4 1966: A New Low Pointp. 27
5 1967: Farewell Ellie and Whiteyp. 47
6 1968: The Year of the Pitcherp. 65
7 1969: A Year of Changep. 86
8 1970: Them Damn Birdsp. 110
9 1971: The Team Regresses but a Star Is Bornp. 123
10 1972: Parity Comes to the American League Eastp. 136
11 1973: A Season Filled with Disappointmentp. 150
12 1974: The Great Pennant Racep. 167
13 1975: One Last Year of Mediocrityp. 199
14 The Legacy Continuesp. 241
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 249