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Bisons and Baseball

Maybe another matchup featured more men who went on decorated careers as major-league managers and coaches. But when the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox played in 1985, baseball masters congregated in uniform. "I'd only be guessing," former White Sox manager Tony La Russa said, "but I really do believe that was an excessive amount of guys who not only were sma…

Bisons and Baseball

Billy Martin so loved shortstop Bobby Meacham that the gladiatorial New York Yankees manager didn't want to lose him for Game 74 of a 162-game schedule even to witness the birth of the Meachams' first child. The 1985 Yankees got off to a slow start, firing manager Yogi Berra after 16 games. They were chasing the Toronto Blue Jays and on the verge of sweeping a three-gam…

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This began as a story about one baseball play. An examination of the box score expanded the lens to one series. An examination of the series expanded the lens to an entire season. The 1985 Yankees were one of the best teams not to reach the postseason. George Steinbrenner's puppeteering and Billy Martin's volatility multiplied the entertainment. Martin oversaw …