Sunday, July 24, 2016

26 to 35 – New York Yankees By the Numbers - by Harvey Frommer

26 to 35 – New York Yankees By the Numbers
By Harvey Frommer

Numerology – amounts, stats quantities, numerals, whatever you call them – they keep on coming. Reaction has been so positive, that herewith the latest installment for numerals for the team from the Bronx. Please send along your own numbers. Will credit your selection if used.


26
No Yankee pitcher has won 26 games in a regular season since Lefty Gomez in 1934.
Only Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle recorded more hits by age 26 than Derek Jeter.
27
       
Number of General Managers that worked during George Steinbrenner’s tenure. 

28
Of the 60 record-setting home runs hit by Babe Ruth in 1927, 28 were at Yankee Stadium.

29
Joe DiMaggio, most homers by a Yankee rookie, 1939.
Mel Allen was a Yankee broadcaster for 29 seasons, television and radio.   
Whitey Ford over a 16 year career had 29 bases stolen off him.  
Paul O’Neill was awarded the 29th plaque in Monument Park. 
30
Wee Willie Keeler’s bat length, measured in inches, shortest ever. 
Yogi Berra, most home runs in a season by a Yankee catcher, 1952, and 1956 
    Eddie Lopat, Mel Stottlemyre, Willie Randolph all wore #30.                                                     
Roger Maris, of his 61 home runs in 1961, 30 were hit at Yankee Stadium.  

31  
Bobby Richardson retired from the Yankees at the age of 31 and became baseball coach at the University of South Carolina. 
32 
Most passed balls as a team in a season, 1913        
         Earle Combs was given uniform #1 and as a leadoff man could have become the first Yankee player to bat identified by a uniform number. However, Yankees had a rain delay that day. Cleveland played before the Yankees and it’s likely one of their players wore the #1 first in 1929. So Combs would have been the first Yankees but not major leaguer to wear a number. 
When Combs became a Yankee coach in 1936, he chose uniform #32.  
Uniform number of Elston Howard, retired July 21, 1984
Number of Yankee managers all time through Joe Girardi  
 33
Second longest hitting streak in franchise history, Hal Chase, 1907
Number worn by Bill Dickey as Yankee coach.         

                                 
33 1/3 
Mariano Rivera’s longest post-season scoreless innings pitched.

34
Pitcher Foster Edwards in 1930 was the first Yankee to wear this number. 
35
Outfielder Dixie Walker in 1931 was the first Yankee to wear this number.

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Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.
His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort. A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/
The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Daring, Definitive New York Yankees Quiz 9 - By Dr. Harvey Frommer

Daring, Definitive New York Yankees Quiz 9
By Dr. Harvey Frommer



Lots of terrific questions and answers were sent along but only a few made my editorializing. Keep them coming. You do not have to be a Yankee fan to take the quiz – it’s sort of a brain teaser. Go to it

94. Who said: "I won't be active in the day to day operations of the ball club at all."
A. Jake Ruppert B. Casey Stengel C. George Steinbrenner D. Yogi Berra.

95. Who said and why: "They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again."
A. Casey Stengel B. Bucky Harris C. Miller Huggins D. none of these

96. Who struck out more times during their respective careers, Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle?

97. Who loved the expression - "That huckleberry?"
A. Red Barber B. Phil Rizzuto C. Mel Allen D. Suzyn Waldman

98. Who was known as the 'oh, say can you see' guy?
A. Robert Merrill B. Whitey Ford C. Phil Linz D. None of these

99. Name two Yankees who were called “Moose.”

100. Which of the following Yankee books was not written by Harvey Frommer?
A. Five O’clock Lightning B. A Yankee Century C. The Bronx Zoo
D. Remembering Yankee Stadium

101. Name the first season the Yankees drew over 3 million fans at Yankee Stadium?
A. 1999 B.1969 C. 2009 D. 1989

102. Which Yankee Hall of Famer did Branch Rickey once predict would "never make anything more than a Triple-A ballplayer at best?" A. Mickey Mantle B. Ron Guidry C. Yogi Berra D. none of these

103 How many total Gold Glove Awards did "Donnie Baseball" win?
A. 6 B 7 C. 8 D. 9

104. In 1933, Babe Ruth hit the first home run in All-Star Game history. In what
park did he hit the historic home run?





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ANSWERS



94. C. George Steinbrenner after he purchased the Yankees from CBS.
95. A. Casey Stengel, when he was fired by the Yankees
96. (Mantle 1,710 vs. Ruth 1,330)
97. B. Phil Rizzuto
98. A. Robert Merrill, the famed opera singer who graced Yankee Stadium by singing the national anthem.
99. Bill Skowron, Mike Mussina
100. C. The Bronx Zoo
101. A.
102 C. Yogi Berra
103 D. 9
104. Comiskey Park, Chicago

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Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.


His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/

Saturday, July 9, 2016

REMEMBERING THE 1939 ALL-STAR GAME AT YANKEE STADIUM ​​​By Harvey Frommer

 REMEMBERING THE 1939 ALL-STAR GAME AT YANKEE STADIUM
By Harvey Frommer

The buzz for the 2016 All-Star Game is all about a National League starting infield of the Chicago Cubs and a half dozen Boston Red Sox on the American League roster. Flashback to 1939 and Yankee Stadium and there is plenty of buzz about that time.  
It was only the seventh All-Star Game ever played. Yankee Stadium was selected as the site in order for it to link in with the 1939 New York City World’s Fair. A box seat ticket for the All-Star Game cost $2.20. Bleacher seats were 55 cents. One could buy a scorecard for a nickel.
Just the week before “Lou Gehrig Day” had been staged at the Stadium. Now the “Iron Horse” was on hand as an honorary member of the American League team.
“It was a beautiful day,” Bob Feller remembered. “Not too hot, but warm enough. It was just a beautiful day at Yankee Stadium.”
There were 62,892 jammed into the big ballpark in the Bronx. When the American League lineup was announced, a fan sceamed out: "Make Joe McCarthy play an All-Star American League team. We can beat them, but we can't beat the Yankees.” 
Six starters were Yankees – Red Rolfe, Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing and Joe DiMaggioWith manager Joe McCarthy, and non-starters Frank Crosetti, Lefty Gomez and Johnny Murphy, there were ten Yankees on the All-Star team.Eleven, if Lou Gehrig was counted.
        The SRO crowd was especially charged up seeing Yankee favorite hurler Red Ruffing start the game and all position starters play the entire contest. Joe DiMaggio’s homer run highlighted the 3-1 American League triumph in a game that took just one hour and 55 minutes to play. Times sure have changed. 
After the All-Star break, the Yanks went on a tear winning 35 of 49 games. The "Yankee Clipper" finished first in batting average, second in RBIs and third in home runs. Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon and Joe DiMaggio drove in more than 100 runs each. The Yankees led the American League in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, walks, runs, and fielding percentage.  
Allowing nearly 150 runs fewer than any other team in the league, the  Yankees outscored their opponents by 411, a greater run differential than any other team in history. They took the pennant finishing 17 games ahead of second place BostonNo wonder they had so many players on that 1939 All Star team.

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.


His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dave Righetti 4th of July No-Hitter by Harvey Frommer

DAVE RIGHETTI: THE NO HITTER, JULY 4, 1983.
          A holiday crowd of 41,077 was on hand at Yankee Stadium on Independence Day. Many of the fans wore Yankee hats that had been given away as a promotion for the game against the Boston Red Sox.


Dave Righetti 4th of July No-Hitter by Harvey Frommer         
 Dave Righetti had come to the Yankees in a multiple player deal that sent Sparky Lyle to Texas. His major league debut was as an end of the season call up on September 16, 1979.  But it was not until 1981 that he returned to the Yankees to stay.
            American League Rookie of the Year that 1981 season (8-4, 2.06 ERA), the player they called "Rags" won twice against  Milwaukee in divisional play and once over Oakland in the LCS.
          On this warm and sunny day, the 24-year-old Dave Righetti would make history. He would pitch a no-hitter against the BoSox. The stylish hurler walked four and struck out nine men, including Wade Boggs for the final out. Boggs, hitting .357 at the time, went down swinging on a hard slider, Righetti’s bread and butter pitch that day.

          FRANK MESSER (GAME CALL, WABC RADIO):
          The Yankees lead, 4-0. Glenn Hoffman is at second base, two outs, in the top of the ninth inning. And Dave Righetti on the threshold of making history here at Yankee Stadium. He set, the kick, and the pitch. . . HE STRUCK HIM OUT! RIGHETTI HAS PITCHED A NO-HITTER! DAVE RIGHETTI HAS PITCHED A NO-HITTER!

          Ironically, it would be Righetti’s  last season as a regular starting pitcher. The next year, he replaced Goose Gossage as the Yankees closer, and in 1986 went on to set the then-major league single season save record of 46.

          The fourth of July no-hitter was the first by a lefthander in Yankee Stadium history, the first no-hitter by a Yankee pitcher since 1956, when Don Larsen tossed a perfect game. It was only the sixth regular-season no-hitter in Yankees history and the first since 1951.

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.


His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/



The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SportsBookShelf By Dr. Harvey Frommer - Jackie Robinson in Quotes and Other Worthies

SportsBookShelf
By Dr. Harvey Frommer


Jackie Robinson in Quotes and Other Worthies


It is the time of year when all types of sports books on all types of subject flood the market. Baseball books generally dominate, but others make their bid for readership. What follows are reviews of some that make late Father’s Day gift, make good beach reading, make for a place on your reading list.





, Dan Peary is a veteran sports author who knows his way around baseball history. This time he has out-done himself with a voluminous collection of words said about and spoken by his subject Jackie Robinson.

Author/editor of Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes, Peary is at it again in this 436 page opus. We are there through all the decades experiencing all the points of view. The book is about baseball or rather baseball is the backdrop. Number 42 Jackie Robinson is always in the foreground. Quips, insights, memories, stories, rants, raves are all other Peary’s gem. Your loyal reviewer has written quite a bit about the subject is nicely represented in Jackie Robinson in Quotes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

“Legends of Giants Baseball” by Mike Shannon (Black Squirrel Books, Kent State University Press), is a slim and over-sized volume of 86 pages. Devoted to a small sampling of Giant greats it is a terrific book for fans of the team.

FAST PITCH by Erica Westly (Touchstone, $26.00, 289 pages) is sub-titled “the Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. I would argue with the sub-title’s claim for there is much in the book that is common knowledge. Nevertheless, Fast Pitch is a worthy and wonderful contribution showing great effort and research to get at the core of these women pioneers and the trail they blazed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

HANDSOME RANSOM JACKSON by Ransom Jackson, Jr. (Rowman & Littlefield, 262 pages) is a long over-due memoir of life in baseball in the 1950s.
We are brought back to a time of eight teams in each league, more intimate relationships between teams and players and front office in an era before free agency. There is humor, pathos, detail and headlines in this winner of a book. TERRIFIC READ.

Brian Kenny’s AHEAD OF THE CURVE (Simon&Schuster, $28.00, 353 pages) is a lengthy tract by the leader of mainstream media gurus in the field
of analytics. He goes inside what he calls “the baseball revolution” to chapter and verse it on such subject matter as “Bullpenning,” “When Bad Contracts Happen to Good People,” “The Mid-Education of the Voting Sportswriter” and much more, The Emmy Award winning sportscaster takes no prisoners but dumps on what he calls “the nostalgia bin.” Provocative, even ground-breaking – if you want to get a glimmer of what it would be like to get an entirely new take on baseball, buy the book.


18 HOLES WITH BING by Nathaniel Crosby and John Strege (Dey Street, $22.99, 211 pages is a winning memoir by Bing Crosby’s son. A bit over-priced for such a slim volume, what is here nevertheless is choice stuff all the way thru as we are taken up close and personal into the life and times of an entertainment and golfing legend.  BUY IT
     

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.


His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/



The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

ALI AND THE FIFTH STREET GYM (Adapted from It Happened in Miami, An Oral History by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer)

ALI AND THE FIFTH STREET GYM

(Adapted from It Happened in Miami, An Oral History by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer)



With the passing of one of our all-time favorites, with affection for Muhammad Ali and his memory, we proudly present this excerpt.



“Cassius Clay was born in Louisville. But Muhammad Ali was born in Miami.” –Ferdie Pacheco


DAVE ROGERS: The Fifth Street Gym on Fifth Street and Washington Avenue was iconic. People came there from all walks of life. There was no air conditioning. It was musty. It smelled of sweat -- boxers sweat. There was a back room with a bed and mattress, a place where the boxers would shower, towel off.

BERNIE ROSEN: There was no elevator. You had to walk up two flights of steps to the first floor. Sitting right there at a table would be Chris Dundee who ran the gym. He used to charge 25 cents to let people in to see the fighters train. If he knew you, you paid nothing.

LUISTA PACHECO: I remember one guy didn't want to pay the quarter because, he said, he was the press.
"Press my pants," he was told.

BERNIE ROSEN: In 1960, after Ali – the young Cassius Clay then -- won the Olympic light heavyweight championship gold medal, he was managed by the people that made Seagram's Whiskey in Louisville, Kentucky. Those people had him come down here to Miami to be trained and managed by Angelo Dundee who got him a little apartment in Overtown.

FERDIE PACHECO: That was when I met Cassius Clay. He came to my office in the ghetto in Miami at North West Second Avenue and 10th Street. I thought he was the most exceptional looking individual I had ever seen in a boxer. He was beautiful, he was shapely, all his muscles were in the right places. And he was extremely fast, fast with his mouth, talked all the time. He was not an intelligent man in the conventional sense. He was totally instinctive, just did the right thing , and he was very funny. He could charm anyone even my usually uncharmable old Baptist
Church nurse, Miss Mabel Norwood, who summed him up: “That boy is either going to be the champion of the world or he’s crazy.”
Ali was a solitary figure then with nobody to keep him company, an 18-year-old, new to the big city of Miami, trying to find out what it was like. He had no guy friends. He had no girlfriends. All he had was the Fifth Street Gym and Angelo Dundee and Chris Dundee. That’s who he had. But inside of two months, he had taken over. He was a magnetic figure. The whole town was following him around. If you hung around him, you became attached to him and were under his spell.


LUISTA PACHECO: Ali was such an unassuming person. He didn’t care about getting dressed up, he would always wear black. He was so kind to everyone. He would collect antique cars, ride around in the cars, and talk with Ferdie.
I was a dancer and dance teacher, and from my expert point of view, he was very light on his feet.

DAVE ROGERS: Sarria, a Latin guy, would massage Ali in the back room, work his muscles with the cream and all that. Once when Ali was getting his massage and workout, I tried to get into the room, and this big black Muslim guy -- he was wearing one of those hats that look like yarmulkes – was standing at the door blocking my way. “Man, you can’t come in here,” he said.
But Ali overruled him. “Hey, that’s my man Jesus,” he said. That came from the time I was wearing a little beard like Mephistopheles, and the cut man, Angelo Dundee, introduced me to Ali saying: “This is my friend, Jesus Christ.” After that, and for all the years that I knew him, Ali called me Jesus.
I saw things between Angelo and Ali that most people didn’t see, didn’t know. There was such a close tie. Ali seemed to have a great love for Angelo, and Angelo for him. He would put his arm next to Angelo who was Italian and had dark skin, and he’d say, “Angelo, you a nigger; you more of a nigger than I am.” But lovingly.

BERNIE ROSEN: Angelo and his brother Chris founded the Fifth Street Gym in the early fifties. Angelo was one of the top trainers in the 20th century. Chris was a promoter of the fights in the Miami Beach auditorium, the place where Jackie Gleason would eventually put on his shows. I would go over every single Monday and do a preview of the fights, and Chris would put on shows every Tuesday night. We used to shoot one of the fights and run it back to the station to have it processed and put on the air. That was a huge thing back then.


DAVE ROGERS: We used to go to Wolfie’s after the Tuesday night fights: Angelo, Chris, Ferdie Pacheco -- the fight doctor who had a medical practice in Liberty City and would regale us with all kinds of stories -- and Jimmy Ellis, the fighter. They were all part of Ali’s entourage.
“Angelo, give me a couple of dollies,” Ali would say. Dollies, not dollars. Angelo would support fighters who needed money. He kept one pocket for singles and one pocket for larger bills.
Every day, I’d pick up Angelo, and we’d go to the gym. A lot of people came to the gym, guys from all walks of life. They would come off the street, up the steps, and there on the right would be this little guy sitting at a desk, always with a cigar. That was Sully Emmet, a true Damon Runyon character.
I was in the insurance business and insured a place on 23rd Street called Ollie’s. It had great steaks and hamburgers with special seasoning.
Ollie had a girlfriend, Terry. They would argue; the language was terrible. Whenever he and Terry had a fight, he’d go out in the back and smoke his cigar. He was always smoking a cigar. Sometimes the ashes would fall on the hamburgers. “Ah,” he’d say, “that’s what makes it good.”
I took Ali to Ollie’s. There was a bus outside filled with a class of kids. Ali went over to the bus and made like he was boxing, hitting the window of the bus. Then we went in. I said to him, “You’ll get only one Ollie burger. That’s all you’ll get.” (In those days they would name a burger after someone.)
Ali said, “I want another one.”
“You can’t get another one.” Then Ollie came over. “Ali, for you, there’s another one.”
Angelo brought Moe Fleisher along. He was a guy who sold boxing shows from New York and was publisher of Ring Magazine.
We’d go out for lunch, and Moe would invariably say “I have to go meet the girl.” The girl lived in the Tropics Hotel on Collins Avenue and 15th Street (I wrote the insurance for the building). He was 86 at the time; she was 84.
Once I was with Moe in the Convention Center. We go to the bathroom. He’s standing next to me in from of the latrine. Before anything starts, he looks down and he says “Son of a bitch, you died before I did.” That was Moe Fleisher.
Another time at the Convention Center, Ali’s standing next to me. “Muhammad,” I tell him, “One of the fighters at the gym is gay.”
He says, “Who is it?”
“I can’t tell you; he’ll beat the crap out of me.”
“Tell me. No one’s gonna touch you.”
“I can’t tell you.”
“Come on, you gotta tell me.”
I say, “Bend over, I’ll whisper it to you.”
He bends over. I kiss him on the cheek. He slides down the wall, hysterical.
I called Ali the Pied Piper of Hamelin. He would talk to everyone, give autographs to everyone. He was a real good guy.


LUISTA PACHECO: When Ali was at the Fifth Street Gym, chairs were lined up all around the ring. People would scream and yell as he shadow-boxed around. Other fighters were training there, but it was never packed the way it was when he was there.
JOSEPH KRUTEL: I’d see Ali there, watch him spar, sit on his lap. The Fifth Street Gym had to be the greatest one location on Miami Beach when it came to sports. I used to go there with my father and a group of guys. We saw Sonny Liston fight there. My father would be in the huddle in the ring; he shot it on 16 mm. My father was best friends with Angelo Dundee. I saw the training that was done with Angelo. I saw Ferdie Pacheo, the most famous fight doctor ever known in sports, and his wife Luista at the gym. They were my mom’s dear friends.

FERDIE PACHECO: “The Fight Doctor” name for me was New York stuff. That was hardly all that I was. I was a scholar who gave lectures at Harvard and all over.
I liked every boxer I ever took care of. I was a hero to people because I was taking care of their heroes. There is something ennobling about taking care of people who are on their last legs, 18, 19 years old and they don’t know what to do with themselves.
The Cuban boxers were my favorites. They came to Miami completely lost. They were political exiles and had been oppressed, horribly. I took them into my house and let them sleep in the garage. I had a Cuban maid. She was a great cook, and she cooked the food they liked, lots of it. They all made money and all became champions.
I met Angelo Dundee around the time I came to Miami to live. “I like boxing and jazz,” I told him. “Any boxer that gets cut I will sew him up for nothing. I will take care of his medical
needs. For the rest of your life you will never have to write out a check for me. On the other hand, I want a ticket to every fight you promote -- for me and my wife and maybe more if I want to bring friends.” He got a good deal. So did I. He saved himself at least a hundred, two hundred thousand dollars. For my part, because of Ali, worlds of interest opened up to me that I had never known. I
ause of Ali. Because I knew Ali, people wanted to know me, to help me.

RED HELLER: Maybe the most dramatic moment in my time with Ali was February 25, 1964 at the Convention Hall in Miami. It was Cassius Clay versus Sonny Liston – the heavyweight championship of the world on the line. It was a pure boxing match. Nobody, they said, could beat Sonny Liston. Nobody. He was considered totally indestructible. Huge, muscular, murderous, a murderous man.
In the opening seconds at the weigh-in, Clay called Liston "a big ugly bear." The champ was stunned. His eyes burned with anger at this young pup of a challenger. Clay was a 22-year-old, still like a high school kid, as innocent as could be. He had learned from the people in the gym that the people in the penitentiary were scared of only one kind of person, a crazy person. Sonny Liston was the only kind of person who could kill you inside the gym, inside the ring, inside the penitentiary.
There was no one outside of Angelo Dundee and me around who thought Clay would win. There were 46 writers who covered the fight; 43 predicted Liston would be the winner. He was a 7-1 favorite. But once you saw the way the young man trained, you knew he was going to beat Liston.
No one was faster or stronger. Never was there a heavyweight champion built by God like Muhammad Ali. Not many remember that his record was 19-0. That is what earned him his shot against the heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston.

BERNIE ROSEN: I will tell you a story. I was at the Liston-Ali fight. We had a camera set up in Sonny Liston's post interview room. Everyone had a camera in there. There was no thought that Cassius Clay could win. He was the underdog of underdogs. But just in case, I had a second camera set up in Clay’s interview room.

FERDIE PACHECO: Liston was a two-step fighter. He shuffled two steps forward and then jabbed. But once the fight started and Liston did the two step, Ali timed it and saw he was able to handle it. Liston was used to hitting people once and knocking them down. He was hitting
Clay, but Clay wasn’t budging, and Liston wasn’t hurting him. “I felt good ‘cause I knew I could survive,” Ali said.

BERNIE ROSEN: Liston had a substance on his glove. Back then they were not that active in checking everything.


FERDIE PACHECO: In the fourth round, Liston rubbed some substance into Ali’s eyes. The round ended. Ali came back to the corner. “My eyes burn,” he said. “They put something in my eye. I can’t see. Cut off my gloves, Angelo, cut off the gloves. I want to prove to the world there's dirty work afoot. I want to end the fight now.”
Angelo calmed him down. I got the sponge and poured water into his eyes trying to cleanse whatever was there. Angelo put his pinkie in his eye and then put his pinkie into my eye. It burned like hell.
It turned out that Clay’s eyes were rubbed with a substance from Liston’s gloves. Angelo expertly threw more water in Clay’s eyes and yelled – “Run, run, run,” until his eyes cleared.
As Clay went out for the next round, Dundee told him “Just run, run. Keep away as much as you can.”

Clay did run and shuffle. He landed shots as the rounds moved along and his eyes cleared. Liston went on the defensive. He did not answer the bell for the start of the seventh round leaving Cassius Clay a TKO and the world championship. “I shook up the world,” Ali said afterwards. “I shook up the world.”

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.
His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/
The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Daunting, Daring, Definitive New York Yankees Quiz 8 By Dr. Harvey Frommer

Daunting, Daring, Definitive New York Yankees Quiz 8
By Dr. Harvey Frommer

Lots of terrific questions and answers were sent along but only a few made my editorializing. Keep them coming. You do not have to be a Yankee fan to take the quiz – it’s sort of a brain teaser. Go to it

82. After Lou Gehrig, who became the next captain?
A. Phil Rizzuto B. Lefty Gomez C. Mickey Mantle D. Thurman Munson

83. Which of the longest standing Yankee managers has the highest winning percentage?
A. Joe Torre B. Joe McCarthy C. Casey Stengel D. Buck Showalter

84. The Yankees have the distinction of being the first to train outside of the USA. Where did the training take place?
A. Bermuda B. Jamaica C. Cuba D. Dominican Republic


85. All played for Yankees and Mets, aside from one. Who is he?
A. Lee Mazzilli B. Gene Woodling C. Phil Linz D. Rusty Stab

86. What Yankee recorded the most steals of home?
A. Mickey Mantle B. Willie Randolph C. Lou Gehrig D. Ricky Henderson

87. Easy one – Babe Ruth’s uniform number?



88. Who hit the first home run in the new Yankee Stadium?
How did the Babe get the number?

89. Another easy one? Who owned Yankees before the Steinbrenners?




















90. Joe DiMaggio played his entire career for the Yankees. What team did he coach for?
A. Cardinals B. A’s C. Padres D. Dodgers

91. When David Wells became a Yankee for the first time, what uniform number did he request and why?


92. How many Yankees were on the 1939 American League All Star team that played at Yankee Stadium?
A. 5 B. 6 C. 9 D. 10









ANSWERS
81. B. Larry MacPhail
82. D. Thurman Munson
83. B. Joe McCarthy, .627
84. A. Bermuda, 1913
85. D. Rusty Staub
86. C. Lou Gehrig, 15
87. Three
88. Babe Ruth
89. CBS
90. B. A’s
91. Three was number he requested because it was number worn by Babe Ruth who he admired. The number has long been retired.
92. D. 10 Six starters were Yankees: Red Rolfe, Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon, Red Ruffing and Joe DiMaggio. Other Yankees on the AL squad included Frank Crosetti, Lefty Gomez and Johnny Murphy. Counting manager Joe McCarthy, there were ten Yankees on the All-Star team.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

16-25: More Yankees by the Numbers By Harvey Frommer

16-25: More Yankees by the Numbers
By Harvey Frommer

And now the numbers keep coming. Reaction has been so positive, that herewith the latest installment for numerals for the team from the Bronx. Please send along your own numbers

16
Number of career grand slams for Babe Ruth
Whitey Ford's Number retired in 1974. The slick southpaw wore number 19 as a rookie. Returning from the army in 1953, he wore number 16 for the rest of his career.
Dallas Green, George Steinbrenner's 16th manager to be fired.



17
Monthly home run best: Babe Ruth September 1927. Number of career homers Babe Ruth’s hit off Rube Walberg, most off any pitcher.
Bill Dickey played his entire 17 season career as a Yankee.
In 16 All Star at bats Mickey Mantle struck out a record 17 times.
Late in his career, Gehrig's hands were x-rayed and doctors spotted 17 fractures that had "healed" while he continued to play. Roy White, franchise record for sacrifice flies in a season, 1971.
In his first 17 years Steinbrenner changed managers 17 times.
On his 17th birthday in 1985, Bernie Williams signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Yankees. Number of years Jorge Posada played for Yankees.



18
Since their first title in 1923, the Yankees have not gone longer than 18 years without a world championship.
Most years with the Yankees: Yogi Berra (1946-1963), Mickey Mantle (1951-1968).
Most World Series home runs, Mickey Mantle. Joe DiMaggio's original uniform, number given to him by equipment manager Pete Sheehy and later changed to Number 5.
Number of years Frank Messer and Bill White were Yankee radio announcers



19
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in a decade of playing together homered in the same inning 19 times.
The 1927 Yankees won the pennant by 19 games, using only twenty-five players. Not one roster change was made that season.
Longest winning streak, 1947.
Whitey Ford's rookie uniform number.
Dave Righetti began with Yankees with Jim Bouton’s old number, 56, but he became famous wearing #19.
Number of managerial changes Steinbrenner made in eighteen years, before Buck Showalter came along and lasted four years as manager.
Derek Jeter set a five game World Series record with 19 total bases in 2000.



20
Jorge Posada Number retired
20/20
In 2001, Paul O’Neill at age 38 became the oldest player to have a 20/20 season.

21
Babe Ruth hit 21 of his 60 homers in 1927 with the same bat. Whenever he homered, he’d carve a notch around the trademark. Yogi Berra had an incredible total of 21 World Series appearances as a player, coach or manager.
Since Paul O'Neill retirement after the 2001 World Series, no Yankee has worn that number. Although Latroy Hawkins actually wore #21 to honor Roberto Clemente in 2008. Yankee fans were not happy.


22
Allie Reynolds number 22, not retired, but he earned a plaque out in Monument Park.
Most hits recorded in a World Series sixth game, 2001. Yogi Berra on June 24, 1962, age 37, caught all 22 innings of a Yankees game with the Tigers in Detroit. The Yanks won, 9-7, in the seven hour game.


23
The 1909 Highlanders improved upon their previous seasons win total by
23 games, largest such increase in franchise history.
Don Mattingly's number retired, August 31, 1997.


24
In 1927, 24 of Lou Gehrig's 47 home runs were hit at Stadium.
Yankee record - most times hit by pitch, Don Baylor, 1985



25
Gene Michael, 25th Yankee manager in history. Fewest total players used in a season, 1923, and 1927. Most consecutive games with a home run, 1941. Mel Allen spent 25 years as Yankee broadcaster

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.
His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/
The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)

Monday, April 25, 2016

New York Yankees by the Numbers: 11-15 By Dr. Harvey Frommer

New York Yankees by the Numbers: 11-15
By Dr. Harvey Frommer

All kinds of amazing, unusual, milestone numbers have been put up by the Yankees of New York. Some of the numbers spark memories, others controversy, others surprise. Herewith for you reading pleasure the newest edition. Enjoy – and pass on other numbers to your loyal scribe.

11
Record set for most RBI’s in consecutive games, Babe Ruth 1931
Most walks in one inning, the third,Yankees versus Senators, September 11, 1949
Most at bats one game, Bobby Richardson, June 24, 1962, game against Detroit went 22 innings.
Pitcher Ron Guidry was the eleventh Yankee Captain from March 4, 1986 to July 12, 1989.





















11.8
Babe Ruth career home run rate per at bat.
"I could have had a lifetime .600 average, but I would have had to hit them singles. The people were paying to see me hit home runs." Babe Ruth





















12
The number of ballparks Babe Ruth hit at least one home run in.
The number of times Babe Ruth led the American League in homers.
Billy Martin's rookie uniform number. First baseman Don Mattingly was the 12th Yankee Captain from February 28, 1991 to October 8, 1995.
















13
Home plate was moved 13 feet forward in 1924, eliminating the "bloody angle" in the right field corner of Yankee Stadium.
Bill Dickey holds record catching over 100 games 13 consecutive seasons.
Number of seasons Joe DiMaggio played for the Yankees.
Derek Jeter was the 13th Captain in Yankee history from September 3, 2003 to season’s end 2014.
"This is a great honor. Captain of the Yankees is not a title that is thrown around lightly. It is a huge responsibility and one that I take very seriously. I thank Mr. Steinbrenner for having such confidence in me." - Derek Jeter





















14
The number of players Yankees lost in the 1918 season to military service.
Team record for runs scored in an inning: fifth inning against Washington, July 6, 1920. Yogi Berra stayed away from Yankee Stadium for 14 years after George Steinbrenner fired him through an emissary 16 games into the 1985.

14%
In 1927, Babe Ruth blasted 14% of all the home runs recorded in the American League.




















15
Babe Ruth three times homered 15 times in one month; DiMaggio and Maris accomplished that feat once. Lou Gehrig, career steals of home
The number of consecutive seasons Yogi Berra was a member of the American League All Star team. He actually made 18 teams in all.
July 18, 1999 -- David Cone's perfect game against the Montreal Expos was the 15th regular season perfect game.






















$15.00 Bob Sheppard's per game earning in 1951 when he began working for the Yankees, allowing for inflation this is approximately $138 in today’s dollars.
Thurman Munson retired uniform number
Babe Ruth, total World Series home runs, second place all time. Most runs allowed by Yankees in post-season competition, Game 6, 2001 World Series.




















Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College in the MALS program, is in his 40th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, he is the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,as well as his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park. His highly praised When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl was published last fall.
His Frommer Baseball Classic – Remembering Yankee Stadium (Second Edition) is his newest sports effort.A link to purchase autographed copies of Frommer Sports Books is at: http://frommerbooks.com/
The prolific author is at work on THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK (2017)