Baseball has had its fair share of one-and-out champions, but few clubs have dominated the sport for any great length of time. Given the level of competition and the expansive length of the season, it is a remarkable accomplishment for a team to make multiple World Series appearances in a short timespan. From the Baltimore Orioles of the 1800s who would go to any length to win—including physically accosting opponents—to the 1934 Cardinals known as the “Gashouse Gang” for their rough tactics and determination, and on to George Steinbrenner’s dominant Yankees of the late twentieth century, baseball’s greatest teams somehow found a way to win year after year.
Spanning three centuries of the game, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them examines twenty-two of baseball’s most iconic teams. Each chapter not only chronicles the club’s era of supremacy, but also provides an in-depth look at the players who helped make their teams great. Nearly two hundred player profiles are included, featuring such well-known stars as Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Pete Rose, as well as players who were perhaps overshadowed by their teammates but were nonetheless vital to their team’s reign, such as Pepper Martin, Allie Reynolds, and George Foster.
With a concluding chapter that profiles the clubs that were on the cusp of greatness, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them is a fascinating survey of what makes some teams dominate year after year while others get only a small taste of glory before falling to the wayside. Written in a lively style with amusing anecdotes and colorful quotes, this comprehensive book will be of interest to all fans and historians of baseball.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; July 2016
- ISBN 9781442261570
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- Title: Baseball's Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them
- Author: Jonathan Weeks
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In The Press
An enjoyable and entertaining insight into baseball’s greatest dynasties. Jonathan Weeks’ easy-to-read study of the teams, from the boardroom to the ballfield, is a fascinating look at the game and its many colorful characters.
About The Author
Jonathan Weeks is a lifelong baseball enthusiast and member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He is the author of Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History (Scarecrow, 2012), Baseball’s Most Notorious Personalities: A Gallery of Rogues (Scarecrow, 2013), and Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond (Taylor Trade, 2014).