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A Legend in the Making

The story of perhaps the greatest team in baseball history, narrated against a background of one of the game's most remarkable seasons-an original work of history based on considerable research. Mr. Tofel presents a good many usually overlooked findings and sets the sport in its social and historical context. "The best book about a single baseball team in a single year I have ever read."-Donald Honig.
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Richard J. Tofel is president and chief operating officer of the new International Freedom Center, a museum of freedom and a cultural center to be built at the site of the World Trade Center. Formerly assistant publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Tofel is a graduate of Harvard College, the Harvard Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Since the publication of A Legend in the Making, Mr. Tofel has gone on to write Vanishing Point and Sounding the Trumpet, both published by Ivan R. Dee. He lives in Riverdale, New York.


Richard J. Tofel's A Legend in the Making wonderfully chronicles the 1939 Yankee team and Lou Gehrig's final days with the world champions. -- Paul Duke Baltimore Sun Captures the heroics of a great team in its prime...wonderfully done. -- Erich Eichman The Wall Street Journal Hallelujah! Finally, a great book about baseball's greatest team. -- Rob Neyer, basball columnist for and co-author of Baseball Dynasties Meticulously researched...there isn't a nuance of that club that escapes Tofel's notice. -- Ray Robinson, author of Iron Hourse: Lou Gehrig in His Time A first-rate job...the best book about a single baseball team in a single year that I have ever read. -- Donald Honig A captivating read from start to finish. -- John Kuenster, editor, Baseball Digest Tofel has captured both the legendary Yankees...and their era in an immensely readable narrative that brings the players and their world alive. -- Jules Tygiel Essential reading for any self-respecting Yankee fan. Bronx Banter

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