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1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York

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At the dawn of the roaring twenties, baseball was struggling to overcome two of its darkest moments: the death of a player during a Major League game and the revelations of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. At this critical juncture for baseball, two teams emerged to fight for the future of the game. They were also battling for the hearts and minds of New Yorkers as the city ros ...more
Hardcover, 538 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 2010)
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I learned a lot by reading this, mostly about what baseball's transition from the dead ball to the home run era was like. Still, I thought that a better construction of the contents would have served the readers better. The authors decided to spend the majority of the time on the 1921 season, giving us a chapter on each team for every month of the season. To be completely truthful, this just wasn't that interesting. The introductory chapters setting up the "state of the game," so to speak, and h ...more
Tom Gase
For a fan that doesn't like the Giants I sure do like reading about their NY days. This is a very well-researched and written book about the 1921 season in which the top team in the NL turns out to be the New York Giants while in the AL the New York Yankees begin their reign with Babe Ruth. The Giants are led by their longtime manager John McGraw. Basically every game these teams play during 1921 is detailed to a certain extent during the book. The book spends a good 50 or so pages on the World ...more
This was a book that was not just about baseball, but about what was going in the country at the time as well. Many people thought baseball would lose fans but instead more people were going to the games. Mainly because the Babe was hitting home runs. This was also about the first all NEW YORK world seris. Being played in one ball park. The Yankees and Giants would share the Polo grounds. The Yankees having to pay rent but they were drawing in more people than the Giants and were the first ones ...more
Robert Morrow
Like too many baseball books that focus on a single season, the book takes you through the entire season, game by game. This almost guarantees a dull read for the first half of the book, no matter how well you've written the story. Authors considering the task should read Summer of 49 first.

The book is also weakened by the endless quotes by the sportswriters of the day and that they are the primary source of the narrative. This feels very formulaic rather quickly.

Fortunately, the book picked up
Jason Phillips
I think an excellent book if you need a good source for writing another book or article. The book goes into almost every detail of every game of the 1921 season, and by the middle of the book you can pretty much get the sense of what baseball in NYC was like in the early 1920's. The are some good and new (for me anyway) perspectives on some of the characters of the story, such as Jn McGraw and Babe Ruth, and some details about important but lesser known players from each team. You can tell the a ...more
I usually love baseball books, but this one, not so much. The first part of the book was okay, though fairly repetitive, especially in discussing John McGraw's style of baseball. The middle of the book was like walking in quick sand. The authors felt like they needed to have comments about every game the Giants and Yankees played during the 1921 season. Reading this was a tough slog. I was glad I made it through, because the story of the 1921 World Series was very interesting . That and the Epil ...more
Overall this book was disappointing. It seems as if the authors developed the narrative entirely from box scores researched from newspapers of the time. The book had about the depth one would expect from research coming only from box scores.
Steinberg and Spatz won the Seymour Medal for their Yankees 1921 history in the early Landis era, when baseball was still overcoming the Black Sox scandal.
The Giants and Yankees battled for dominance of New York City, and of the baseball world in 1921. The authors have done solid research and weave a nice narrative of the season. The Giants won that Series and repeated as champs in 1922.
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A little long but well worth the time.
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