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I ve been excited to read this book ever since it was given to me by my boyfriend as a 20th birthday gift He s a White Sox fan, but he was once a Yankees fan, and since they re unlikely to ever have to meet in any real battle, I ll let him root for both.I had few problems with the writing of Marty Appel He s obviously a tremendous Yankees fan, and has a big respect for the history One tiny complain is that he did make some cutesy jokes about the emergence ofwomen fans At a time when he could have very simply just said,women fans decided to come to games, probably because it was finallyacceptable, he tended to say that woman fans were coming to the game probably because of the cute new faces on the field Which may have also been true but I think a mention of the women fans who had been Yankee fans all their lives but when it wasn t acceptable to go to games should have gotten a mention as well Also, he did have a tendency in his writing to do things like mention someone, go on a tangent, and then continue, He as if the tangent hadn t happened, which would require some back tracking I sometimes needed to look up some terms as well I don t blame Appel for needing to check what an RBI or a.500 season was, but every once in a while he would use a nickname that he had never or would never explain There were at least two nicknames used that I will never know who he was referring to.But those are small complains relative to the history that Appel created Reverent and sticking to the facts while maintaining a deep love of the team nonetheless, he didn t skip over the losses or the unfortunate seasons Sometimes he went a bit quickly through the championship seasons, actually, which seemed odd, but he had a deep and reverent understanding and description of the star teams and the non star teams as well, and a long and good explanation of the Steinbrenner years in between wins Things I thought he did particularly well Lou Gehrig just in general, as well as his illness and farewell Bucky Dent s famous homer Yogi Berra s run on the team and descriptions of Yankee Stadium, the new, the renovated, and the old He also did a good job of tying in the PR makes sense as he was the PR director for several years , legacies, etc that went into the Yankees as well as the game itself, as that s a big part of being a Yankee fan It was engrossing and incredible I loved reading about the Yankees I grew up through the Core Four and I loved hearing the details of all the stories of the Yankees I vaguely knew I loved reading the details, the players, the bios of players like Mattingly, Ruth, DiMaggio, Munson, the ones I knew and the ones I didn t, them all I knew about 27 championships, I knew about the Core Four, I knew vaguely that we had a great history, but I didn t know it in detail, and now I m proud to say I do This is a Yankees history written for Yankees fans by a big Yankees fan, for those who know the history probably less than someone who wants to learn it I realize that from experience with my dad, who would either agree emphatically and tell an accompanying anecdote when I told him what I d learned, or shake his head and rant off on why it was wrong that said he usually nodded, so still, kudos to Appel Probably my favorite parts other than Gehrig and Dent and Berra as cited above were the parts I recognized The 2000 World Series against the Mets I remember vividly as the first time I became interested in baseball, at age 5, when I came home and said, Daddy, I m a Mets fan because all the kids on the bus including the cute boy, naturally were, and he said, Okay, honey, but two things first, you ll be sleeping in the garage, and two, your grandpa is coming to visit you from the grave That night, I became a Yankees fan, and I rooted for the Yankees all Series with everything I had.I remember the 2009 World Series as the first I watched, in earnest, actually knowing all the rules of baseball I d known the rules for a while by then, but it was the first World Series that I watched all the way through it was the first in a while that had the Yankees in it, after all I remember challenging the classmates who were Phillies fans the next day 27 World Championships I did my best to rub it in their faces All I ll ever have to say is 27 to shut up any fan of any other team who tries to challenge my Yankees I doubt any team will ever approach that many.And I remember history that goes beyond all that I remember sitting in the 2009 stadium so we could see it before it was gone and watching the Yankees win their last game and sweep the Sox jumping up and down when Enter Sandman came on And I remember sitting in the new one, in 2013, to say good bye to Matsui on Matsui Day getting a free bobblehead who had re signed as a Yankee so that he could retire as one To say good bye to Mariano himself, too, who had announced he d be retiring after the season Jeter went up and hit a homer on his first hit Mo came out to save the game Soriano hit the clincher It was a fantastic game.Telling my dad the things I d learned, he started rattling off stories of rooting for the Yanks in his childhood, of my grandma watching the Yankees even after her eyesight had begun to fail, staying up all night to see the late night games even though her usual bedtime was something like 9, of his grandpa at baseball games and yelling to his mom that Bucky Dent had hit the homer, quizzing my sister and I on Yankees trivia and the Sox rivalry For me, all these memories emerged as I read, everything that connects me to a Yankee One night, I took my Yankees hat off the dresser and put it on my head as I read about Gehrig s speech It felt right.That s what this book is about It s a fitting tribute to the Yankees and their fans And it was a blast to read. Excellent history of the New York Yankees Despite the size of the book over 600 pages including references , it managed to provide a wonderful look into the history of the ball club Marty Appel was not a Yankees be praised writer in this book, although there is a positive spin to the history Appel also detailed a lot of the games played from the corporate side the conflicts and hard choices made by those who owned the Yankees in the Highlander Days through the eras of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle and years under George Steinbrenner It balanced how they won championships with how they lost titles how ineffective the Yankees were from 1965 1975 and how the game changed following free agency Lots of names, sub stories to include sections where they addressed the broadcasters like Mel Allen, Red Barber, Phil Rizutto, Frank Messer, Bill White, Bobby Murcer and current voices Michael Kay and John Sterling and how they covered the Yankees Wonderful book for all baseball fans. If you re a baseball fan, and particularly a Yankee fan, this is an enjoyable read a history of the Yankees, essentially year by year It covers on field as well as off field business events The book is crammed full of largely useless and often not particularly interesting statistics construction details about the original Yankee Stadium as well as the new one, etc.My biggest complaint about this book is that it is largely a PC version of the history Appel doesn t exactly ignore some of thecontroversial aspects of the Yankees history the notorious cheapness of the general managers during the 50 s the Yankees racism in refusing to aggressively pursue black players long after most other teams the team s failure to maintain a solid farm system in the early 60 s, leading to 2nd division status in the second half of the decade the damage to the team resulting from Steinbrenner s egotism and interference in the 70 s and 80 s but he soft pedals each of these stories. I think I might be ready for Gravity s Rainbow now, cuz this book had 900 characters too Not a Yankees fan, but admire their history This was a very comprehensive look at each season, with some very good insight I will say I m not in love with Marty s writing style, sometimes he took a topic of course before getting back to the original thought, but overall I enjoyed it, the man knows his Yankees. Excellent history of an iconic institution Very complete Interesting Enjoyable read This was written by an insider, but it didn t shy away from speaking frankly about blemishes in the team s history As a Royals fan I m officially a Yankees hater , but a history of the Yankees is a history of Baseball and I recommend this to all fans of the game. |FREE DOWNLOAD ⚇ Pinstripe Empire ☲ Since Their Breakthrough Championship Season In , When Yankee Stadium Opened, The New York Yankees Have Been Baseball S Most Successful, Decorated, And Colorful Franchise Home To Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, Jackson, And Mattingly And Later Torre, Jeter, Rivera, And Rodriguez, The Team Has Been A Fixture In Our National ConsciousnessYet It S Been Nearly Seventy Years Since Frank Graham Wrote The Last Narrative History Of The Team Marty Appel, The Yankees PR Director During The S, Now Illuminates The Team In All Its Century Plus Of Glory Clever, Maneuvering Owners Rowdy, Talented Players And, Of Course, Twenty Seven Championships Appel Heard War Stories From Old Timers Like Mantle, Berra, And Casey Stengel, And Has Maintained A Presence In The Organization Ever Since A Collector, Writer, And Raconteur, He Gives Life To The Team S History, From The Muddy, Uneven Field At Hilltop Park In The S To The Evolution Of Today S Team As An International Brand Loaded With Over A Century S Worth Of Great Stories, Folklore, And Photos, This Is A Treasure Trove For Lovers Of Sports, The Yankees, New York History, And America S Game The Yankees aren t my team but I still love this book, the don t even have to be your favorite team to like this book, loved reading from how the franchise started from Hilltop Park in 1903 to Babe, Lou, Joe D, Mickey, to present day with Jeter he hadn t retired yet to the new Stadium, it s a must read for any baseball fan regardless if you re a Yankee fan or not. I really loved this book As a Yankees fan, it was a must read for me From the early days of the Highlanders to the death of the Boss in 2010 and a bit beyond that , Marty Appel does a wonderful job of getting the behind the scenes scope and in exquisite detail Yankees fan and even baseball fans not so fond of the Yankees will enjoy this historical gem of Yankees baseball. A must read for all Yankee fans.