Chumps to Champs

How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the 90's Dynasty
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Author(s): Bill Pennington
Genre: Sports, History
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Product Number: DD42766
Released: May 07, 2019
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ISBN: #9781982618117
Narrator/s: Christian Baskous
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The untold story of the time when the New York Yankees were a laughingstock-and how out of that abyss emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, one of the greatest in all of sports The New York Yankees have won twenty-seven world championships and forty American League pennants, both world records. They have sixty members in the Hall of Fame. Their pinstripe swag is a symbol of "making it" worn across the globe. Yet some twenty-five years ago, from 1989 to 1992, the Yankees were a pitiful team at the bottom of the standings, sitting on a fourteen-year World Series drought and a 35 percent drop in attendance. To make the statistics worse, their mercurial, bombastic owner was banned from baseball. But out of these ashes emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, a juggernaut built on the sly, a brilliant mix of personalities, talent, and ambition. In Chumps to Champs, Pennington reveals a grand tale of revival. Listeners encounter larger-than-life characters like George Steinbrenner and unexplored figures like award-winning manager Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly, and the crafty architect of it all-general manager Gene Michael, who assembled the team's future stars-Rivera, Jeter, Williams, O'Neill, and Pettitte. Drawing on unique access, Pennington tells a wild and raucous tale.

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Chumps to Champs
Product Number: BX00098247
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eAudio
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Author(s): Bill Pennington
Narrator(s): Christian Baskous
Genre: Sports, History
Product Number Z100144924
Released: May 07, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982618155
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Author(s): Bill Pennington
Genre: History, Sports
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Released: May 07, 2019
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ISBN: #9781328849878

Professional reviews

"Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history. Many listeners will already know the ending. By 1995, the New York Yankees had become a terrific team led by a cadre of homegrown stars and would go on to a legendary run of first-place seasons and World Series wins. Even so, baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success after hitting rock bottom between 1989 and 1992. Though this account is a potentially unwieldy combination of interviews, history, and play-by-play action, it sounds entirely seamless as read by Baskous. He turns the work into a well-articulated, easy-to-follow story. Baskous also skillfully captures the personalities of the players, coaches, and front-office executives listeners meet along the way. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"