Ted Williams or Babe Ruth? Nomar Graciaparra or Derek Jeter? Roger Clemens or…Roger Clemens? Who was better? Who was best? Catchers? Varitek or Fish? Yogi or Posada?
For more than 115 years, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have been battling it out on the diamond, playing each other over 2,000 times. This heated rivalry has stood the test of time, as one team’s triumph usually means the other’s dismay. While the teams battle on the field, the fans and cities take the rivalry just as seriously.
But who’s the best? Which team’s players have the edge? Which team’s squad would reign supreme? If you ask a New Yorker, you’ll get an obvious answer; same with a Bostonian. But what happens when two men from opposite sides of the track sit down to discuss who is the best?
Red Sox vs. Yankees pairs baseball historians Bill Nowlin (Red Sox) and David Fischer (Yankees) to discuss who each team’s best position player was and which super team would win in a head-to-head series. Obviously, they won’t easily agree. Obviously, there will be cheap shots and venom spewed back and forth. But in the end, we will have two teams: one of the greatest players and one of each squad’s best year.
You can guess that Nowlin will say that the Sox will win, while Fischer is confident that the Yanks will be victorious. But it’s not that easy. Thanks to the help of Action! PC Baseball, we will have a simulation to find out which team would win in a head-to-head battle. Will the All-Star Yankees take the series? Will the Red Sox pummel the best the Bronx has to offer? There’s only one way to find out.
Bill Nowlin was born and raised in Boston. He is the author of over twenty-five Red Sox–related books, including Red Sox by the Numbers and Fenway Park at 100. In 2004, Nowlin was elected vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.
"Great for settling arguments, starting new ones, or just gaining a broader perspective on 'The Rivalry,' Fischer and Nowlin provide a fun and worthy read for any citizen of Yankees Universe and Red Sox Nation." —Pete Caldera, Bergen Record
“Baseball is at its best when the Red Sox and the Yankees share the same diamond, and thanks to this compelling effort by Bill Nowlin and David Fischer, now the battles never have to end. Whether your passion resides at Fenway or in The Bronx, this book is sure to spark your imagination.” —Bryan Hoch, Yankees reporter for MLB.com, author of The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty, and co-author of "Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark and One Last Ring for the Yankees' Core Four