Yankee Doodle Dandies: Yankee Books
Frommer on Sports
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 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
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
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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"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.
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