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Chumps to champs : how the worst teams in Yankees history led to the 90's dynasty / Bill Pennington.

Pennington, Bill, 1956- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 920 PEN (Text) 33500013063102 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library 796.357 PEN (Text) 35500006172355 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781328849854
  • ISBN: 1328849856
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "The untold story of the time when the New York Yankees were a laughingstock--and how out of that abyss emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, one of the greatest in all of sports. The New York Yankees have won 27 world championships and 40 American League pennants, both world records. They have 26 members in the Hall of Fame.Their pinstripe swag is a symbol of "making it" worn across the globe. Yet some 25 years ago, from 1989 to 1992, the Yankees were a pitiful team at the bottom of the standings, sitting on a 14-year World Series drought and a 35 percent drop in attendance. To make the statistics worse, their mercurial, bombastic owner was banned from baseball. But out of these ashes emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, a juggernaut built on the sly, a brilliant mix of personalities, talent, and ambition. In Chumps to Champs, Pennington reveals a grand tale of revival. Readers encounter larger than life characters like George Steinbrenner and unexplored figures like Buck Showalter, three-time manager of the year, Don Mattingly, and the crafty architect of it all--general manager, Gene Michael, who assembled the team's future stars--Rivera, Jeter, Williams, O'Neill, and Pettitte. Drawing on unique access, Pennington tells a wild and raucous tale"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2
    *Starred Review* The New York Yankees of the mid-1990s—the team of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Paul O'Neill, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams—were an unexpected success, following the mediocre Yankee teams that preceded them. The Yanks had mishandled free agency, and owner George Steinbrenner's impatience forced them to make many dubious decisions. Pennington's deeply perceptive analysis of this sudden turnaround focuses not only on the players, but also on the front office (notably general managers Gene Michael and, later, Brian Cashman) and is the result of interviews (with Stump Merrill, Buck Showalter, and many others) conducted over a long period and a deep understanding of the sport and the business of baseball. Many baseball books cover similar reversals, but few reach Pennington's level in explaining the dynamics. He is privy to a manual—The Yankee Way—that is a template within the organization, and it is richly illuminating. His attention to the critical details of the lives of both the players (from their teenage roots) and the front-office personnel is unusually penetrating. The title is snarky, but the book is intelligent and memorable. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

BILL PENNINGTON is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times. A former syndicated columnist, Pennington is the best-selling author of Billy Martin, On Par, and The Heisman.

Subject: New York Yankees (Baseball team) > History > 20th century.
New York Yankees (Baseball team)
Baseball players > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Baseball managers > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA).
Baseball managers.
Baseball players.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Biography.

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