Joe McCarthy

Architect of the Yankee Dynasty

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About the Book

Joe McCarthy was headed towards a career as a plumber—until the parish priest intervened, and convinced McCarthy’s mother that he could make more of himself in baseball. She relented, and Joseph Vincent McCarthy embarked on a career that ranks him among the greatest managers ever. In 24 years his teams took nine pennants, seven World Series titles, and never finished lower than fourth.
This biography of Joe McCarthy details the 90–year life of one of the greatest managers in baseball’s history. Baseball was McCarthy’s ticket out of a working-class existence in Germantown, Pennsylvania, taking him to college, the minor leagues, managerial stints in baseball’s backwaters, and on to remarkable years with the Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox—years filled with triumph and heartbreak. Seven championships and the highest managerial winning percentage ever earned him entry to the Hall of Fame, but McCarthy will always be remembered for his deft handling of his players. McCarthy’s ability to handle even “unmanageable” players won him the respect of all. His effect on the lives of his young charges was, in his mind, his greatest legacy.

About the Author(s)

Longtime sports fan Alan H. Levy is a professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Tackling Jim Crow (2003) and Rube Waddell (2000) as well as several books on American music, including a biography of the noted composer Edward MacDowell.

Bibliographic Details

Alan H. Levy
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 435
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1961-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8113-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. Planning to Be a Plumber      5

2. Starting Down at the Bottom      11

3. Outlaw League      15

4. Mud Hens      18

5. Still Can’t Hit a Curve Ball      22

6. Down to Wilkes-Barre      30

7. A Snappy Little Second Sacker      37

8. A Flirt with the Federals and Off to Louisville      43

9. War Years      49

10. Now Managing for the Colonels      58

11. First Full Season at the Helm      62

12. Winner      68

13. Ups and Downs      77

14. That Boy Is a Wonder      86

15. Made Me Blush for the First Time in My Life      90

16. Don’t Forget the Cubs      99

17. McCarthy’s Scrappers      113

18. Aggressive Even in Repose      120

19. Don’t Blame Hack      125

20. Fractured Ankle, Fractured Season      138

21. “Don’t Like to Finish Second”      150

22. The Fewest Rules, the Most Discipline      165

23. Watch Out for Those Senators      180

24. Second Place Joe      190

25. One Bounce, Not on the Fly      203

26. A Ten-Game Lead Is Never Safe      217

27. There’ll Be Nobody Again Like You in 100 Years      241

28. The Sun Can’t Shine All the Time      256

29. Lou Was a Fine Man      263

30. And the War Came      278

31. Can’t Push Buttons Any More      288

32. One War Ends and Another Begins      301

33. And Now He Wasn’t There      309

34. Will They Love Him in September as They Didn’t in May?      320

35. A Marvelous Little Fella’      349

36. Good to the Last Game      351

37. It’s Later Than You Think      365

38. A Pleasant Good-Bye      378

Appendix: Joe McCarthy’s Major League Managerial Record      393

Chapter Notes      395

Bibliography      419

Index      423

Book Reviews & Awards

“solid”—Library Journal; “thoroughly researched…a flawless account…essential”—Choice; “quite thorough”—Nine; “Alan Levy, in this work, has begun to fill this vacuum through his thorough documentation and analysis of McCarthy’s life and career…a valuable contribution to the baseball history literature. This volume will continue to be a rich resource of valuable facts and analysis for years to come”—Journal of Sport History.