Batting, Number..." by Jack Looney - I had already compiled most of the
information on this website when I first came across this book. It probably
would have made a lot of my research easier had I discovered it beforehand. It
did help confirm a lot of questions and helped fill in a lot of blanks. It's
not just about Yankee numbers though...it's every teams history of uniform
numbers and a whole lot of uniform number info and trivia. It's a great book.
Get it. It only takes you through the 2005 season, but for MLB history buffs,
it's a must have.
www.baseball-almanac.com - Another solid source
of uniform numbers, player info and history. It's the
type of site any baseball fan could probably spend
endless hours going through.
www.yankees.com - It's where I try to keep up
with the numbers of today. I got the spring training
numbers here for the 2008 season. It's also the place I
first check when a player gets traded or called up. The
numbers sometimes aren't posted before the game is on
TV, but sometimes a new addition or call-up doesn't get
into that first game. If that's the case (or if I don't
see the game) this is the place to look.
YES Network/My9/FOX Sports -
Nothing fancy...just watching the games and seeing those
numbers on TV with my own eyes. No better way to
confirm a number.
Yankee Scorecards and Publications
- I have a few older scorecards, yearbooks and
Yankee magazines. These are good sources for numbers
too...especially with photos. I don't have enough...but
I try to get to see as many as possible. If you have
any and have to ability to scan them,
let me know
through the contact page and I'll tell you how to
send them along. I can't put the address here or else
I'll be bombarded by Spam.
Days" by Philip Bashe: This book published in 2000
is a great read and one of the first written about the
1964-1976 Yankees. I was always fascinated with these
teams since I was born in 1972. I missed out on these
days with my earliest Yankee memories coming with the
1977-78 Championship teams. There was always a certain
mystery for me about these teams as my dad would talk
about Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford and
never really about Horace Clarke (the unfortunate symbol
of those teams) and Steve Hamilton.
"Dog Days" examines each year in great detail, exposing
the fact that most of those Yankee teams were never
really that bad. They seemed to usually be a player or
two away and always a step or two behind the Baltimore
Orioles. Living through an equally long stretch
(1982-1994) without a postseason appearance, I could
sympathize with fans of that generation, the "wait 'till
next year" attitude and best of all, the enormous joy
when they finally broke through with initial
disappointment (1976 and 1995) and utter exuberance the
I haven't gotten much uniform number information from
Bashe's book, but it is a great source for stories
behind a forgotten generation of Yankees.
Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey,
Reggie and George" by Marty Appel - Another book
where I didn't get much uniform information from, but
it's a great, fun read filled with a lot of behind the
scenes stories and trivia. Learn the truth behind the
legend of Oscar Gamble's afro. Why was there once a
Danny Cater day? How did the Yankees tell Bobby Murcer
he was traded? It's all in here and it's a fast, fun
read. The ending gets a little into Appel's days with
the team tennis league of the late 70s and the 1996
Olympics, but it's only toward the end (still
interesting though) with the bulk of the book covering
Appel's days with the Yankees. Find it, buy it, read it
and thank me later.