I don’t know when it’ll be out, but apparently Ron Guidry will have a book out called “Driving Mr. Yogi” about his experiences be Yogi’s “chauffeur” during spring training. I’ve read interviews with Guidry about this and his stories are funny…and touching.
Yogi should be getting to Tampa next week. Since Yogi turns 87 in May, you wonder how many more spring trainings he’ll be able to attend.
Coming out this spring is a book by Marty Appel. Here is a release from Bloomsbury Publishing, with some quotes:
“For baseball fans this is a great read that takes you on an intimate trip into the Yankee Universe. For Yankee fans this is a gift that only Marty Appel could give us.”
“An opus. Marty Appel brings a fan’s passion and a historian’s dispassion
to bear on the Pinstripe Empire.
He makes familiar terrain new again and uncovers original material where
no one else thought to look.
This is the definitive history of the
New York Yankees.”
—Jane Leavy, author of The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the
End of America’s Childhood
Love them or hate them, the Yankees are undeniably the world’s most recognizable sports team. Though some would never dare admit it, their history is indelibly intertwined with the history of 20th century America.
It has been almost 70 years since Frank Graham wrote The New York Yankees and not since then has there been a truly narrative, traditional history of the team. Thankfully historian Marty Appel, the Yankees’ former PR director, definitively updates their storied history in PINSTRIPE EMPIRE: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss (May 8, 2012; Bloomsbury hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60819-492-6; $28.00; 640 pages).
While the book hits every important historical milestone in the team’s history, it is the backstage anecdotes and the personalities of players, managers and executives that make the story great reading. The reader is in the clubhouse as the team finally celebrates its first championship – and in the dugout at Fenway Park when they learn their manager, Miller Huggins, has died. There is Bob Shawkey’s bitterness over being fired as manager after one season, and the romp upending tradition produced by Larry MacPhail as his three-year reign as owner ends with a punch-out. There is the day scout Tom Greenwade first laid eyes on Mickey Mantle. There is Gene Michael pondering trading Mariano Rivera for Felix Fermin to play shortstop instead of Derek Jeter. And all the while in the background is New York City – a character in its own right in the story of this colorful team’s history.
With a touching special introduction by Frank Graham, Jr., a foreword by Yogi Berra, and an introduction by Bernie Williams, PINSTRIPE EMPIRE is certain to be a classic in sports literature.
Marty Appel is the author of many books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller Munson. Following his years as the Yankees’ public relations director, he became an Emmy Award–winning television producer and director of Marty Appel Public Relations. Appel lives in New York City and appears frequently on ESPN, HBO, the MLB Network, and the YES Network. His website is www.appelpr.com.