DOG DAYS by Philip  Bashe


The New York Yankees' Fall From Grace and Return to Glory, 1964-1976
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 Sprightly recounting of the years between the end of the great New York Yankees dynasty of the 1950s and '60s and the team's revival in the late 1970s. Between 1949 and 1964, the Yankees won nine World Series and 14 American League pennants. Then everything fell apart. From 1965 to 1975, the Yankees endured 11 seasons of frustration. As Bashe (Teenage Idol, Travelin' Man, 1992, etc.) details it, the team suffered from a variety of ills: star players who got old suddenly; problems with management when the team was sold to CBS; rookies who didn't pan out; and trades that went sour. What made the team's decline even more frustrating for the players and management was the simultaneous rise of the Mets as rivals for the affections of New Yorkers. Bashe traces the fading powers of stars like Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford; the disappointments of phenoms like Jim Bouton and Mel Stottlemyre, who never lived up to their promise due to injuries; and the daily struggles of journeyman ballplayers trying to hang on in the majors. The author also tries to situate the problems of the team in the larger social context of a volatile era in American history, although occasionally that effort seems a bit forced. Finally, with the sale of the team to George Steinbrenner, a new era in Yankee history began, one that culminated in a pennant that was equally the product of Steinbrenner's predecessors (although George is quick to take full credit). Of course, that began a new dynasty which led to a new decline--and perhaps to another book some day. Although prone to excessively colorful metaphors, Bashe tells this story with wit. Full of good stories and sure to warm the hearts of anyone who hates the Yankees.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-679-41310-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994


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