In response to our good friend Eric Wittenberg’s post about his laughable, Oops! I mean ‘lovable’ Philadelphia Phillies' 10,000 loss milestone, I posted a little history on the good team that was originally from the “City of Brotherly Love,” the Athletics.
I pointed out that as disappointing as the Phillies are, the Athletics were a real force to be reckoned with ‘back in the day.’ When I worked for Baseball-Almanac, I wrote a ton of material on that franchise when I was recapping every World Series. Remember, the A’s were 104-46 in 1929 and won the American League pennant by 18 games over the New York Yankees, who had swept the World Series in 1927 and 1928. That is a HUGE accomplishment given the powerhouse that the Yankees were (ie. "Murderer’s Row").
Not two-hours after I posted that, I received an email from my good friend and highly celebrated baseball author Harvey Frommer. Harvey has a new book coming out (his 100th I think!) on the 1927 New York Yankees. I’ve been a huge fan of his work for years, and he has even included some of my material in his books.
This one looks to be another homerun and I can’t wait to read (and review) it as this book promises to be THE definitive study on the greatest line-up ever to take the field. I’ve done several pieces on the '27 Yanks over the years, and I am sure that Harvey has a multitude of insights and recollections that have never been published. I’ll keep you posted on more information in regards to this exciting book and it’s release.
“Five O’Clock Lightning: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the Greatest Baseball Team in History” by Harvey Frommer
Drawing on oral histories, long-buried letters, and other archival material, Harvey Frommer presents the definitive account of a legendary ball club, offering the facts and stats that fans love, revealing the colorful and sometimes controversial details of the lives of the players as well as what happened to them after the storied season.
Harvey Frommer (New York, NY, and Lyme, NH) is a celebrated oral historian and sports author who has written almost 40 sports books, including “A Yankee Century” and “Red Sox vs. Yankees,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Cited in the Congressional Record and the New York State Legislature as a sports historian, he is Professor Emeritus, City University of New York, and a professor at Dartmouth College in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program.
October 2007 (Wiley) ISBN: 978-0-471-77812-7 (288 pages, Cloth, $24.95 US / $29.99 CAN)
And Eric, I think I know what I'll be getting you for Hanukah my friend. :)