Pinstripe Empire

Pinstripe Empire

The New York Yankees From Before the Babe to After the Boss

Book - 2012
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Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, 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 consciousness.

Yet 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 1970s, 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 giveslife to the team's history, from the muddy, uneven field at Hilltop Park in the 1900s 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.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781608194926
Branch Call Number: 796.3576409747 APP
Characteristics: xvii, 620 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Nov 09, 2015

Whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying that the New York Yankees are a team with an incredibly rich history. And in Pinstripe Empire, we learn a lot about this treasured franchise, from its humble beginnings in 1903 as the New York Highlanders right up to the A-Rod suspension in 2013. At nearly 600 pages, a lot of ground is covered in this book, going over the numerous dynasties from Murderer's Row of the 1920s to the late 90s powerhouse that won three consecutive World Series. I learned quite a bit from reading the book, like the fact that the Yanks played two seasons at the Polo Grounds before moving to the first Yankee Stadium in 1923 and the enormous impact that the signing of Catfish Hunter had on a free-agent market that exploded in the following decades. There's so many factoids here that no review can do it justice. Whether you're a true Yankee fanatic or just a casual baseball observer, Pinstripe Empire has something for everyone. Kudos to author Marty Appel for tackling a subject that spans more than a century!

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