Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time by Rob NeyerBaseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time by Rob Neyer

Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time

byRob Neyer, Eddie Epstein

Paperback | April 15, 2000

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It's a debate nearly as old as the sport itself. Sure, there have been plenty of great baseball teams -- but which was the best ever?

While it seems like an unwinnable argument, the authors of Baseball Dynasties have risen to the challenge. They took the top fifteen teams of the twentieth century, ran them through rigorous statistical analysis, and threw in some good old-fashioned opinion in their quest to determine, definitively, who was the greatest team in the history of baseball. Looking at continued brilliance over time (no one-season wonders allowed), Hall of Famers on the roster, offensive and defensive production, performance in the postseason, and numerous other tangibles and intangibles, Eddie Epstein and Rob Neyer put each team under the microscope -- and picked a winner. Who will come out on top? Was it the 1927 Yankees, the legendary squad blessed with both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? Or how about Earl Weaver's 1970 Orioles, who over a three-year span dominated their opponents at a higher level than any other team this century?

Full of anecdotes, intriguing facts, and scores of statistics, Baseball Dynasties is a fascinating look at baseball history certain to provoke, entertain, and edify baseball fans of all ages.

Rob Neyer has been writing a daily baseball column for, the most popular sports site on the Web, since 1996. He is the coauthor of "Baseball Dynasties".
Title:Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read It is a question that has been debated in countless living rooms, sports bars and centerfield bleachers for ages: What is the greatest baseball team of all-time? For years, I thought that the 1927 Yankees, with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig leading the way, were the best team by a long shot. That is, until I picked up a copy of Baseball Dynasties by Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein, which is one of the best sports books I have read in the past few years. Neyer, a Bill James disciple and currently a baseball columnist for and Epstein go in depth on what they believe to be the top fifteen teams of all-time. Teams are graded on three year periods, explaining why the 1984 Detroit Tigers are not on the list. Filled with baseball lore, Baseball Dynasties gives the reader an excellent overview of baseball in the twentieth century in an eminently readable text. I must admit that it was very difficult book for me to put down and I occasionally had to fight myself to keep from checking who the two authours eventually selected as the best team of all time. So, who did they select? Well, both authors agreed that one team was far and away the best team of all-time. Read Baseball Dynasties and find out who it was. The answer may surprise you.
Date published: 2000-12-07

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One of the classic questions of baseball’s history, “Who was the greatest team of all time?” is finally being answered by Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein. The two brave authors have taken the top 15 teams of the 20th century, performed vigorous statistical analysis and solicited knowledgeable opinions in order to choose the greatest baseball team in history. Neyer and Epstein also researched Hall of Famers, offensive and defensive production and performance in the postseason and other tangibles, which helped them make an educated decision. Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time has numerous facts, anecdotes and scores of statistics that will entertain baseball fanatics of all ages.