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Yankee Doodle Dandies: Yankee Books

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Derek Jeter wins the MVP Award in the All-Star Game in Atlanta. George Steinbrenner celebrates his 70th birthday on the Fourth of July. Denny Neagle comes over in a big trade aimed at shoring up the Yankee pitching staff.

Love them or hate them, the New Yankee Yankees are always in the news, always making news.

There is even a strong Yankee "making news" in the world of publishing. All Roads Lead To October by Maury Allen (St. Martin's Press, 320 pages, $24.95) and Jeter - Hero In Pinstripes (Sports Publishing Inc., 128 pages, $24.95) are two books that are just hot off the press.

The Allen book is an in-depth look at George Steinbrenner's 25-year reign as owner of the New York Yankees. The Jeter book is a coffee-table tribute to the Yankee shortstop, fusing articles and full color photos from the "New York Daily News."

On a rainy morning in January of 1973, a young Cleveland industrialist named George Steinbrenner stood at the entrance to Manhattan's '21' Club and announced he was taking over the reigns of the Yankees. He added at that time that he would be too busy with his shipyard business to be that involved in the day-to-day affairs of running the team. Talk about famous first words!

Allen, who has covered the Yankees from Day One of the Steinbrenner era, takes us from that moment through all the twists and turns of the stormy and successful years. There is a lot of material on the current championship Yankees, the craziness of the Bronx Zoo days, the fiasco of Howard Spira/Dave Winfield, the wife (and family) swapping of Fritz Peterson/Mike Kekich in the early 70s. ALL ROADS LEAD TO OCTOBER is the title of this terrific book. Reading through page after page of commentary and insights about Steinbrenner, one comes to realize that the phrase is also his personal creed. Allen begins his fascinating book with these words: "Boss. There could never be a nickname enjoyed more." For Yankee fans and for baseball fans, this is a book for all to enjoy.

When Jeter was just a child visiting his grandmother in New Jersey, the two of them spent many summer weekends in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium. The kid from Kalamazoo announced to his parents that he hoped to play shortstop for the Yankees when he grew up. Talk about a dream come true.

JETER - HERO IN PINSTRIPES is a vanity kind of book. Lush, large photographs fuse with essays by Bill Gallo, Lisa Olson, Ian O'Connor and several others from the award-winning "New York Daily News" sports staff. Like Jeter, this book is easy to take, easy to like.

Still in the New York Yankees' mood, there is Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners by Joe Torre with Henry Dreher (Hyperion, $23.95, 282 pages). This is a wonderful book that is on the money. In Torre's voice, with Torre's style, it combines all kinds of insights into baseball managing with rules for business and life. Everyone can come away from this book learning something.

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Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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