New York Yankees, Then and Now

I guess the main point of the New York Yankees existence will always be loyalty. The Yankees were in the Bronx before anybody else, and they stayed there long after the Giants had left Manhattan and the Dodgers had left Brooklyn. Yankee Stadium was hallowed ground, and you didn’t have any mob hits in the bleachers. In the 1970’s and 80’s, when the Bronx was synonymous with crime, you could expect NOT to get shot in Yankee Stadium. Sports violence? That was for European soccer matches! As for the players, well they got respect. Back in the 1930’s, the newspapers didn’t report on celebrity sex lives, so Babe Ruth’s babe-chasing and girl-groping didn’t make front-page news (just try getting away with that in the age of television!)

This book tells the history of the Yankees through archived photos of the stadium. It covers the dry spell of the 60’s and 70’s, when the team was in a long slump, competing with the Mets for ticket sales. The stadium was bought by NYC (thanks to Mayor Lindsay) and the Yankees became the city’s most beloved rent-controlled tenant (unthinkable when beer magnate Jacob Rupert owned the team.) Still, the fans were loyal.

It all paid off when Joe Torre became the manager, but that’s another story.

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