Cover The Bases Interview: Author Cecilia Tan

by on November 12, 2009

We are honored to have author Cecilia Tan join us on this episode of Cover the Bases; Inside Thoughts from Baseball Writers.

Cecilia has written or edited numerous books on a wide range of subjects, and you can find them all at her personal web site Cecilia

She is also the writer at Why I Like Baseball, one of the oldest baseball blogs on the web, started before the term “blog” was even in existence!  Her baseball works include The Fenway Project, The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games, 75: The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, and she is the editor of the Yankees Annual every spring.

Cecilia joins us immediately following the New York Yankees clinching their 27th World Series Championship, to discuss her book The 50 Greatest Yankee Games50 Yankee

As we always do at we start off by finding out how Cecilia was compelled to write a book about Yankee baseball.

A serendipitous luncheon with the editor of her other titles ended in determining Cecilia needed to put together the ultimate book chronicling these greatest games.

Here at Baseballisms we like how her book is written in such a way that will provide context of the game and the season at hand, plus it tells the story building up to the real drama behind the moments that are indelibly etched in our minds or in the pages of history.

We talk about the 1904 game when Jack Chesbro threw away the American League pennant on a wild pitch.  History recounts the wayward spitball in many ways, but the outcome was the same.  This greatest game was a loss in the final game of the Championship Series of that era.

Cecilia recounts a favorite game in which Floyd “Bill” Bevens almost pitched a no hitter in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946.

Her favorite redemption story happens for Ralph Terry in 1962.  Terry was the pitcher who gave up the famous walkoff homerun to Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960 World Series.  In the ’62 Series he comes back to pitch a Game 7 masterpiece that ended on a Willie McCovey line out with two runners on.

Finally, we address the moment during the Derek Jeter Flip | 2001 ALDS | Baseballisms.comAmerican League Division Series in 2001 when Derek Jeter came from nowhere to rejuvenate a city that had been decimated by the terror attacks on the World Trade Center.   That moment demonstrates how the game of baseball can act as a healing agent simply by providing a common emotional bond.

We invite Cecilia to come back on the podcast again in the future where she can discuss her book The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games.  As she so eloquently portrays, the Yankees are her childhood sweetheart and now the Red Sox are her roommate.  She knows all of their stories and issues, and they are all portrayed in her sequel to The 50 Greatest Yankee Games.

Watch for the Cecilia’s Yankees Annual coming out in February as we head into the 2010 Season!

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