Just Out of Reach
By Paul Hagen / MLB.com
As baseball’s most storied franchise, there has been enough written about the Yankees to fill a library. Every aspect of one of the world’s most recognizable sports team has been studied, examined, chronicled.
Well, almost every aspect.
Since Babe Ruth arrived in New York in 1920, the Yankees have won at least one World Series championship — actually, make that at least two — in every completed decade except one. After losing to the Dodgers in the 1981 Fall Classic, not only did the Bombers not win it all again until 1996, they spent the next 13 years in the baseball wilderness, not even appearing in the postseason, their longest post-Ruth absence ever.
It was the insight of Greg Prato to fill in those blanks by focusing on those largely unexplored chapters of the team’s history in “Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees.”