2013 Yankees got you down? Revisit the 1947 championship season instead

From Tony Sachs at the Huffington Post on April 10, 2013:

The 2013 New York Yankees: Injuries on top of injuries. Newly penurious owners. A lineup of assorted castoffs and veterans past their prime. Not a pretty picture — in fact, it looks to be the weakest team the franchise has put on the field in at least two decades.

This season, the big question for the Bronx Bombers is not so much whether they can make it to the post-season in October as whether they can make it through April with nine healthy players to put on the field. Given that the immediate future doesn’t look so bright, this is a great time to look back at the team’s championship-laden past. A little bit of pinstriped nostalgia may not make this season’s games any easier to watch. But hey, it gives fans something to do if watching the current team becomes unbearable.

Yankee-ologists have a lot of championship seasons to peruse — 27, to be exact. The 1947 team may not be one of the better-remembered World Series winners, which is part of why I love Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees (edited by Lyle Spatz; University of Nebraska Press). This tome is one of the latest in a series of well-written and compulsively researched books on baseball’s legendary and/or noteworthy and/or forgotten teams by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), an organization of both amateur fans and insiders dubbed “The Phi Beta Kappa of baseball” by legendary announcer Ernie Harwell.

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Originally published: April 11, 2013. Last Updated: April 11, 2013.