A veteran sports writer (Babe Ruth; Baseball's Greatest series, etc.) takes an admiring look at the Damn Yankees and the tradition (not money, not luck) which has given them a four decade dominance of American baseball. If the ""intangibles"" of this success remain somewhat intangible, not so the characteristics of the Yankee player acquired through the years-- he is ""mannerly, quiet,"" with an ""almost aristocratic assumption"" of his own excellence. Much of it too seems to be due to its managerial excellence, so that this account of the Yankees is as much that of its managers, Barrow and MacPhail and of course the remarkable, unorthodox Stengel- as it is that of its great players, from the outsized reality of Babe Ruth to Gehrig and DiMaggio and Mantle and Berra. All in all, it provides a solid line-up of a go-getter operation and of some great performers, and Meany- an experienced sports writer- hustles with the best of them.