As a boy I spent most of my summers at my grandmother's beach house in Staten Island, mainly with my aunt and uncle (and two older sisters), who took over the house for the summer. Although he rarely went into the city, my uncle occasionally would snag a couple of tickets to a Yankees' game and off we'd go in his canary-yellow Chrysler Imperial to see some of the greatest players of the era: Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, and Whitey Ford, among others.
That was the start of my fascination with baseball, and with one of the greatest franchises in the major leagues. Fast forward several decades and I've revisited the franchise, but with a focus on how they started. It's a fascinating journey—from Baltimore to upper Manhattan and eventually to the Bronx. To tell the full story, I focus as much on the owners and managers as I do the early Yankee players. And, of course, like today, it's all about politics, money, and influence (not to mention backstabbing and conniving).
Honors and Awards
Winner, 2015 SCBWI Spark Award
Winner, Literary Classics "Best Book" Lumen Award
Honorable Mention, Chicago Writers Association Book Awards
If you want to read a concise history of the events leading up to the New York Yankees' franchise which moved from Baltimore at the turn of the century and bought by two corrupt owners, Bill Devery and Frank Farrell, this book would be a great introduction for the novice reader who is interested in learning about the shenanigans involved in trying to prevent another major league team from invading the hallowed ground of the lordly New York Giants. —Bill Emberton, reviewer
Baseball fans are sure to enjoy this book which provides a historical view of baseball along with a more in-depth look into the founders of the Yankees, some of their key players, and the contributions they made to professional baseball. —Literary Classics Book Reviews
Anyone interested in baseball or how a baseball team adjusted and rose to the top will love this absorbing book. The author takes us back to the early American League in Baltimore, the Yankees move to the Bron in New York, and how the influential club owners dealt with corruption and overcame myriads of problems. With the help of great players readers will enjoy the ervelation of little known facts about the Yankees' rise to win their first world title in 1923. This book is unique and well worth reading. —B. Nelson, reviewer
I enjoyed reading this short but informative book. Readers who are looking for a more thorough dissertation of the early history of the New York Yankees should pass on this, but for those who were like me and just wanted to learn a little bit about that time in baseball history, this should be put on the list of books to be read. —L. Smith, reviewer