By Neil J. Sullivan
No game has mattered extra to american citizens than baseball--and no group has had a better influence on baseball than the recent York Yankees. Now Neil Sullivan promises a story necessary of his fabled topic, during this great background of american Stadium. lovers have a box-seat on the Stadium's first commencing Day: the lovely visible impression of the baseball's first actual stadium, the festivities, the avid gamers (including Babe Ruth who christened the Stadium with its first domestic run), and the sport during which the Yankees beat the Boston crimson Sox 4-1. The Stadium used to be instantly often called "The apartment That Ruth Built," yet Sullivan takes us behind the curtain to satisfy the politicians, businessmen and fixers who have been much more answerable for the Stadium than the Babe used to be: Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the beer baron and Tammany corridor insider who obtained the Yankees and outfitted the Stadium; Mayors like Jimmy Walker who reigned through the Yankees first Golden Age, John Lindsay who fought tough for liberal reasons within the Sixties yet even more durable for a refurbished Stadium, and Rudy Giuliani, who has taken a hard-nosed method of so much welfare yet who helps a stadium subsidy for the Yankees. right here too are the nice seasons together with the move city international sequence rivalries with the hot York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sullivan seems on the mythical avid gamers like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle in addition to lesser lighting fixtures like Jake Powell to determine their impression past the diamond. alongside the best way, Sullivan makes use of the tale of the Stadium to check matters starting from racial integration and concrete renewal to the explanations why manhattan urban, even in the course of difficult instances, has come to undertake the Stadium as a public legal responsibility. Neil Sullivan is familiar with baseball and town politics and the connections among the 2. In those pages, he tells how Yankee Stadium isn't just the main respected venue in American activities, but in addition part of city heritage as compelling because the grandest baseball legend.
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Extra info for The Diamond in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium and the Politics of New York
The development of the subway solved that problem‚ and the Bronx location became even more accessible than many neighborhoods in Manhattan. Ruppert and Huston sought a train station at the stadium site from the New York Central Railroad‚ something the Yankees are still petitioning for today. The 1921 season was a milestone. The Yankees won their first pennant‚ finishing four and a half games ahead of the Indians. Ruth outdid himself with fifty-nine homers. Carl Mays recovered from the Ray Chapman tragedy and tied for the league lead in victories with twentyseven.
The 1903 organization of professional baseball papered over a tension that exists to this day. The minor leagues serve two‚ sometimes conflicting‚ purposes: They supply smaller markets with professional baseball‚ and they develop players for higher quality leagues. The higher leagues can control‚ to some extent‚ the rosters of the lower leagues through options and drafts. When a team’s roster is disrupted to serve the interests of a controlling franchise‚ the club’s ability to provide the best possible game for its own fans is inevitably compromised.
With these men it was simply a mercenary question of dollars and cents. ”4 What Freedman had proposed that so disturbed many of his fellows was to create a trust for professional baseball. Franchises would no longer be owned individually but collectively. Owners would have a number of shares in the clubs that would be owned in common. What the Dodgers and Giants had done with the Baltimore teams would be extended throughout baseball. ” One cause for concern about joint ownership involved the integrity of the game.