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Core four : the heart and soul of the Yankees dynasty
Pepe, Phil.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, [2014]

Physical Description:
x, 229 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"With a new epilogue covering Rivera and Pettitte's farewell season."-

Previously published in hardcover by Triumph Books in 2013.
Enter Mariano -- Handy Andy -- Southern exposure -- Kalamazoo kid -- Sticktoitiveness -- Hello Columbus -- New York, New York -- "Clueless Joe" -- A special rookie -- Champs to the core -- Posada's time -- Say it ain't so, Mo -- Oh captain, my captain -- Boone or bust -- Breaking up that old gang -- Lightning (A)Rod -- Return of the prodigal -- Moving day -- Core fours of the past -- New home -- Bye bye Andy -- Jorge's rebellion -- Closure -- Hit man -- Jeter -- The kid, the flip, the dive -- Andy returns ... again -- False step -- Rebound.
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
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GV875.N4 P525 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Tracing the careers of four instrumental players who turned around the Yankees ball club, this book shares behind-the-scenes stories from their early days together in the minors through the 2013 season, and follows them on their majestic ride to the top of the baseball world. At a time when the New York Yankees were in free fall, having failed to win a World Series in 17 years and had not played in one in 14 years--the Bronx Bombers' longest drought since before the days of Babe Ruth--along came four young players whose powerful impact returned the franchise to its former glory. They were a diverse group from different parts of the globe: Mariano Rivera, a right-handed pitcher from Panama, who was destined to become the all-time record holder in saves and baseball's greatest closer; Derek Jeter, a shortstop raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, who would become the first Yankee to accumulate 3,000 hits; Jorge Posada, an infielder-turned-catcher from Puerto Rico, who would hit more home runs than any Yankees catcher except the legendary Hall of Famer Yogi Berra; and Andy Pettitte, a left-handed pitcher born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who would win more postseason games than any player in baseball history. Together they formed the "Core Four," and would go on to play as teammates for 13 seasons during which time they would help the Yankees advance to the postseason 12 times, win the American League pennant seven times, and take home five World Series trophies. This book follows these phenoms from the minor leagues to the present, detailing their significant contributions to a winning major league franchise. This 2014 edition updates readers on Jeter's struggles with injuries and recovery, Rivera's final season, and Pettitte's and Jeter's plans moving forward.

Author Notes

Phil Pepe is the author of more than 50 books on sports, including Few and Chosen Yankees: Defining Yankee Greatness Across the Eras , The Yankees: An Authorized History of the New York Yankees , as well as a biography of Yogi Berra, and collaborations with New York Yankee legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. He is a former Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News and a past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He lives in Englewood, New Jersey. David Cone is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who won four World Series as a member of the Yankees. He is currently a commentator for the Yankees on the YES Network.

Table of Contents

David Cone
Forewordp. v
Introductionp. vii
1 Enter Marianop. 1
2 Handy Andyp. 7
3 Southern Exposurep. 15
4 Kalamazoo Kidp. 25
5 Sticktoitivenessp. 33
6 Hello Columbusp. 39
7 New York, New Yorkp. 43
8 "Clueless Joe"p. 49
9 A Special Rookiep. 55
10 Champs to the Corep. 61
11 Posada's Timep. 69
12 Say It Ain't So, Mop. 79
13 Oh Captain, My Captainp. 89
14 Boone or Bustp. 95
15 Breaking Up That Old Gangp. 101
16 Lightning (A)Rodp. 109
17 Return of the Prodigalp. 115
18 Moving Dayp. 121
19 Core Fours of the Pastp. 125
20 New Homep. 141
21 Bye Bye Andyp. 149
22 Jorge's Rebellionp. 153
23 Closurep. 159
24 Hit Manp. 169
25 Jeterp. 177
26 The Kid, the Flip, the Divep. 187
27 Andy Returns...Againp. 195
28 False Stepp. 203
29 Reboundp. 209
Epiloguep. 217