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Five Oclock Lightning:
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Greatest Baseball Team in History,
The 1927 New York Yankees
By Harvey Frommer
The 1927 New York Yankees are widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball teams of all-time. From the Murderers Row lineup to the near mythic status that surrounded them in Prohibition-era New York City and elsewhere, celebrated author Harvey Frommer tells the fascinating story of the greatest season of baseballs greatest team in FIVE OCLOCK LIGHTNING.
Based on an oral history, long-buried letters, and diary notations, FIVE OCLOCK LIGHTNING: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Greatest Baseball Team in History, The 1927 New York Yankees (Wiley; November 2007; $24.95; Cloth; ISBN: 9780471778127) paints a vivid portrait of the best team in baseball chasing greatness in Jazz Age New York City just before the Depression changed everything. Told in chronological order and through colorful details from the 1927 Yankees private and public lives, as well as the kinds of minutiae baseball fans love (salaries, batting orders, standings, stats) and stories about the complicated task of building a cohesive team from a collection of superstars, FIVE OCLOCK LIGHTNING reveals the hidden history of Americas greatest ball club, from the teams compilation in the 1926 off-season (only one year after the Yanks disastrous 25 season) to the World Series final pitch.
About the Author:
Harvey Frommer (New York, NY, and Lyme, NH) is a well-known oral historian and sports author who has written 39 sports books 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.
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