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Chris Donnelly


Chris Donnelly

Chris Donnelly is the author of ROAD TO NOWHERE: The Early 1990s Collapse and Rebuild of New York City Baseball; DOC, DONNIE, THE KID, AND BILLY BRAWL: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought for New York’s Baseball Soul; HOW THE YANKEES EXPLAIN NEW YORK; and BASEBALL'S GREATEST SERIES: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History.

Chris Donnelly

Books by Chris Donnelly

by Chris Donnelly - History, Nonfiction, Sports

After the chaos of the 1980s, the New York Yankees finally bottomed out in 1990. The team finished in last place, enduring one of their worst seasons ever. Setting out to rebuild the franchise, Gene Michael made shrewd trades and free agent signings, and he allowed the team’s prospects to develop in the Minor Leagues before getting to the Bronx. Meanwhile, the Mets, beloved for their intensity and hard-partying ways in the 1980s, became everything that had driven fans away from the Yankees. They made bad trades and questionable signings, fired managers seemingly every year, and were a powder keg of never-ending controversy. But by 1996, despite their record, the Mets were already making moves that would return them to relevance and set them on a path to the ultimate showdown with the Yankees.

by Chris Donnelly - Nonfiction, Sports

DOC, DONNIE, THE KID, AND BILLY BRAWL focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season like no other since the Mets came to town in 1962. Never before had both the Yankees and the Mets been in contention for the playoffs so late in the same season. For months, New York fans dreamed of the first Subway Series in nearly 30 years, and the Mets and the Yankees vied for their hearts. Despite their nearly identical records, the two teams were drastically different in performance and clubhouse atmosphere. The result was the most attention-grabbing and exciting season New York would see in generations.