Tommy Henrich ("Old Reliable") played a key role in two Yankee dynasties. He was DiMaggio's teammate longer than any other player. He was the first "free agent" in baseball history, and he was a witness and participant in many of baseball's greatest moments. Now Henrich recounts his stellar 14-year career. 8 pages of photographs.Tommy Henrich ("Old Reliable") played a key role in two Yankee dynasties. He was DiMaggio's teammate longer than any other player. He was the first "free agent" in baseball history, and he was a witness and participant in many of baseball's greatest moments. Now Henrich recounts his stellar 14-year career. 8 pages of photographs.Read Less
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Since beginning (last year) my collection of books on or by the NYY, I've come across a few worth reading, as well as some duds worth having only to complement my collection or whatever information I might have on a certain era. On that note, it was a pleasant surprise to read what I consider one of the better Yankee bios to ever have been written.
Mr. Tommy "Ol' Reliable" Henrich, winner of four WS rings, was an integral part of the NYY from his rookie year of 1937 (when he played with DiMaggio and for McCarthy) through his final year of 1950, when the NYY (now under Stengel) swept the "Whiz Kid" Philadelphia Phillies 4-0. During that time (three years of which he spent in the Coast Guard during WWII), Mr. Henrich was known as a slugger who could get the clutch hit, and usually for extra bases (he led the league in triples twice).
In candid, easy-going, and illustrative prose, Mr. Henrich (who is still alive, by the way) and his coauthor, Bill Gilbert, detail these glorious Yankee years and give us insight into what it was like to play alongside such NYY immortals as Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Bill Dickey, and (later) Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. Mr. Henrich, who took full advantage of the time he spent in NYC, also takes us through what was happening on Broadway and environs during those fabled times.
If you want a NYY bio that will bring you down, read Billy Martin's "Number 1." However, if you want to be uplifted, I highly recommend this happy NYY bio by the last living member of the 1938 World-Champion Yanks.
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