The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans pAbout 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 600ages including references it managed to rovide a wonderful look into the history of the ball club Marty Appel was not a Yankees be raised writer in this book although there is a ositive spin to the history Appel also detailed a lot of the games layed 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 Wonder 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 man knows his Yankees *back to the original thought but overall I enjoyed it the man his Yankees though I m not a fan of the Yankees I was really looking forward to reading this history of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports Especially since it was written by a man that had worked for the Yankees and was familiar with the eople and laces that helped make the team what it is today And yetthat inside Times of Bede perspectiveresents a drawback in telling a complete story While Marty clearly knows his stuff it often feels at time like he s treading lightly about events such as how former The Catechism of the Council of Trent players were treated or about Steinbrenner because he still considers the Yankess his family Even worse his writing style leaves something to be desired as at times he overwhelms and confuses the reader For example he ll begin talking about events about 1903 and get distracted by the fact that Derek Jeter was born close by some 70 years later and mention that for aaragraph before jumping back to 1903 And he does this over and over again devoting City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York paragraphs to events out of timeline that instead of creating a compelling story only overwhelm it And when he doesresent material in a chronological manner it feels staid and boring only overwhelm it And when he does The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 present material in a chronological manner it feels staid and boring we re reading an encyclopedia instead of a compelling story of such a storied franchise In short even though Marty knows his stuff his writing style creates a boring bland and sometimes overwhelming story I was really hoping that it would have been like the recent biography of Bill Veeck than reading an encyclopedia If you re a die hard Yankees fan then this book might appeal to youotherwise you d be better off looking elsewhere I think I might be ready for Gravity s Rainbow now cuz this book had 900 characters too 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 toresent day with Jeterhe 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 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. E 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 1900s to the evolution of today's team as an international brand Loaded with over a century's worth of great stories folklore and hotos this is a treasure trove for lovers of sports the Yankees New York history and America's gam. ,
Ly 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 *several years legacies etc that went into the Yankees as as the game itself as that s a big Davids Sling 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 thelayers the bios of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields 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 mroud to say I do This is a Yankees history written for Yankees fans by a big Yankees fan for those who know the history Learner Strategies in Language Learning 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 favoritearts other than Gehrig and Dent and Berra as cited above were the arts 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 hadI 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 manyAnd I remember history that goes beyond all that I remember sitting in the 2009 stadium so We Could See It could see it 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 gameTelling 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 uizzing 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 ut it on my head as I read about Gehrig s speech It felt rightThat s what this book is. E 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 lus of glory clever maneuvering owners; rowdy talented layers; and of course twenty seven championships Appel heard war stories from old timers like Mantle Berra and Casey Stengel and has maintained a resence in th. If you re a baseball Fan And Particularly A Yankee and articularly a Yankee this is an enjoyable read a history of the Yankees essentially year by year It covers on field as well as off fieldbusiness events The book is crammed full of largely useless and often not articularly interesting statistics construction details about the original Yankee Stadium as well as the new one etcMy biggest complaint about this book is that it is largely a PC version of the history Appel doesn t exactly ignore some of the controversial aspects of the Yankees history the notorious cheapness of the general managers during the 50 s the Yankees racism in refusing to aggressively ursue black layers 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 in the 70 s and 80 sSteinbrenner egotism and interference in the 70 s and 80 s he soft edals each of these stories Wow Never uite had nearly 600 Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen pages fly by uite like in this book Sure Appel s history of the team is loaded with details and anecdotes and spans than a century of team history but the only slowarts are the chapters in between The Book of Mordred pennants and championships and those are thankfully few and far between in Yankee history I would recommend this to any Yankee fan with a knack for history especially those who want to learn about there Ruth Yankees and Highlanders 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 exuisite detail Yankees fan and even baseball fans not so fond of the Yankees will enjoy this historical gem of Yankees baseball 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 bothI had few Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide 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 of women fans At a time when he could have very simply just said women fans decided to come to gamesrobably because it was finally acceptable he tended to say that woman fans were coming to the game Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert 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 reuire 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 a500 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 toBut 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 uickly 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 didarticular. 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 consciousnessYet it's been nearly seventy years sinc.