Center Field in New York 1951-1957
At the onset of the 1951 season, the NY Yankees were the defending Major League Champions having captured their second straight title. They were led by their future Hall Of Fame center fielder, Joe DiMaggio, the “Yankee Clipper”. The Brooklyn Dodgers were developing one of the most formidable teams in baseball and were blessed with one Edwin “Duke” Snider, an All Star center fielder entering his prime. The NY Giants, typically battling their Brooklyn rivals for National League supremacy, were touting a five tool rookie center fielder from Alabama, Willie Mays. Across the Harlem River, the apparent final year for DiMaggio was not expected to leave a tremendous void for the Yankee center field post as long as another astounding rookie, Mickey Charles Mantle, could initially play right field and learn from the iconic DiMaggio, before moving over to assume his position.
Snider, Mays and Mantle would respectively traverse the middle outfield position in Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium through the 1957 season.
In the fall of 1957, three thirteen year old friends decide to write their required book report as a team. Their topic will be center field in New York from 1951 to 1957. Can the good friends work together and complete their Report without continuously fighting about who is the best center fielder in New York…….Willie, Mickey, or the Duke?
A Baseball Book For The Ages
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