The author, Brett Topel, gives a good history of the events leading up to this unique situation and describes in detail many of the events of that year. Bill Virdon was the only Yankee manager never to have won in the Bronx as the two years he managed the Bombers played at Shea. He was replaced late in the season by Billy Martin. Likewise in that years the Mets fired Yogi Berra as manager and hired Roy McMillan as interim manager. I am almost finished reading book.
When I ride the #7 train in the morning I still look at at the parking lot where Shea Stadium stood. "It was a dump, but it was our dump."