309 pages, 7.5 × 5.4 × 0.91 in
June 15, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1859842836
ISBN - 13: 9781859842836
From the Publisher
This paperback edition of Dean Chadwin’s widely-discussed book has been expanded to include the Yankee’s World Series appearance in the 1999 season. The New York Yankees have won twenty-five championships, more than any other American professional sports franchise. The team’s rich history includes a color bar, the towering home runs and bottomless appetites of Babe Ruth, the early and intensely lamented death of Lou Gehrig, frequent labor disputes between players and owners, and the free verse of Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto. The 1999 season has emerged as one of the franchise’s most memorable both on and off the field. As the squad raced through an all-time record for victories to win the World Series, observers wondered whether the club’s stadium would return to its wandering ways of a century ago. The Yankees abandoned Baltimore in 1902. After seventy-five years in the Bronx, Yankee management are now pursuing a move to Manhattan or the suburbs that could tap into millions of public dollars. Those Damn Yankees is a riveting and unconventional foray into the murky underworld of baseball, from the incipient sexual desire of young girls visiting the Derek Jeter on-line fansite to the boozy macho heart of the Yankee Nation in the now-endangered bleachers. In compelling asides, Dean Chadwin looks at issues such as baseball’s cult of memory, numerology in sport and society, the emergence of an anti-competitive baseball league of haves and have-nots, and a sporting cartel’s exploitation of inter-city economic warfare.
From Our Editors
Dean Chadwick’s controversial book has been expanded to include the Yankees’ World Series appearance in the 1999 season. Passionate, straightforward and daring, Those Damn Yankees: The Secret History of America’s Greatest Franchise offers a detailed look at the team for fans and foes alike. Discussing everything from their media free ride to their integration problems to their symbolic power, Chadwick rakes the Yankees over the coals. Like a conspiracy theorist, Chadwick questions conservative myths, strips away society’s illusions and boldly exposes the truth: how an immigrant’s game has been tainted and degraded by big business, politics and the media.
“Dean Chadwin has written a provocative political history of the Yankees in the tradition if Jim Bouton and Howard Zinn. A must-read for anyone considering a vote for Rudy Giuliani next time around, whatever office he may be seeking.”—Andrew Zimbalist, author of Baseball and Billions