The Diamond in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium and the Politics of New York

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No sport has mattered more to Americans than baseball--and no team has had a greater impact on baseball than the New York Yankees. Now Neil Sullivan delivers a narrative worthy of his fabled subject, in this marvelous history of Yankee Stadium.
Fans have a box-seat at the Stadium's first Opening Day: The stunning visual impact of the baseball's first true stadium, the festivities, the players (including Babe Ruth who christened the Stadium with its first home run), and the game in which the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. The Stadium was immediately known as "The House That Ruth Built," but Sullivan takes us behind the scenes to meet the politicians, businessmen and fixers who were even more responsible for the Stadium than the Babe was: Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the beer baron and Tammany Hall insider who bought the Yankees and built the Stadium; Mayors like Jimmy Walker who reigned during the Yankees first Golden Age, John Lindsay who fought hard for liberal causes in the 1960s but even harder for a refurbished Stadium, and Rudy Giuliani, who has taken a hard-nosed approach to most welfare but who supports a stadium subsidy for the Yankees. Here too are the great seasons including the cross town World Series rivalries with the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sullivan looks at the legendary players like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as well as lesser lights like Jake Powell to see their impact beyond the diamond. Along the way, Sullivan uses the story of the Stadium to examine issues ranging from racial integration and urban renewal to the reasons why New York City, even during tough times, has come to adopt the Stadium as a public obligation.
Neil Sullivan knows baseball and city politics and the connections between the two. In these pages, he tells how Yankee Stadium is not just the most revered venue in American sports, but also a part of urban history as compelling as the grandest baseball legend.

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Neil J. Sullivan is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of The Dodgers Move West and The Minors. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

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For Sullivan (The Dodgers Move West), the business of baseball provides a window on city politics as well as on the shifting economics and demographics of American society in the past 100 years. Several times since the original Baltimore Orioles moved to New York to become the Highlanders in 1903, stadium controversies and other conflicts between the team and the city have flared. (He also shows how since Yankee Stadium was built in 1923, race has become entangled in New York's debate over funding for sports stadiums two teams left in the 1950s, as the city's nonwhite populations were significantly increasing.) In the past few decades, in New York and elsewhere, an uneasy consensus over the benefits of sports stadiums has begun to fall apart again, and government funding for stadiums is once again a matter of heated public debate. Sullivan himself, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College in New York, is clearly skeptical about public spending on stadiums, noting that the Yankees benefit more from having their stadium in the Bronx than does New York City. Except for the wealthy, he argues, baseball stadiums mainly carry a symbolic value for the city's residents, yielding little economic benefit. But as Sullivan's own evident love for the game shows his book is awash in World Series statistics symbols can carry a lot of weight. Sullivan's scholarly book will be more appealing to intellectual baseball fans and urban history enthusiasts than to the riotous weekend crowd in Yankee Stadium's bleachers.

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