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About the Author

Phil Pepe is the author of more than 50 books on sports, including Few and Chosen Yankees: Defining Yankee Greatness Across the Eras, The Yankees: An Authorized History of the New York Yankees, as well as a biography of Yogi Berra, and collaborations with New York Yankee legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. He is a former Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News and a past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He lives in Englewood, New Jersey. David Cone is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who won four World Series as a member of the Yankees. He is currently a commentator for the Yankees on the YES Network.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 2014 Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600789625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600789625
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on June 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
--Proud to be a Yankees fan..

--Proud to be a part of the human race..

--Proud of these men and their families...

--Proud of their talent and the way they use it...

--Proud of their relationship as teamates and examples...

--Proud that Major League baseball has such men as these in its ranks. Winning only makes their story better. It has nothing to do with their qualities as a human being, husband, father, role model (even though they don't want to be seen in that light) and as a competitor...

Yes, they are human, but they are exceptional men, especially in sport of Major League Baseball...They are a credit to all who raised them, coached them, trained them and to the game as a whole...

They continue to give us hope and a reason for loving the game. In a world of bad, it is rewarding and reassuring to see and read something good and refreshing, something about the way baseball and baseball players could and should be...

A tip of the cap to the Core Four, Pasada, Pettite, Jeter and the Mighty Mo...

They deserve it and the reason for that tip of the hat is far more important than World Series rings.

Having won (and winning) those only makes their story better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By yankee fanatic on October 24, 2013
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If you're a true yankee fan, and especially a fan of the core four, it is the only way I see you tolerating this book. It is good for one go around but definitely not a book I would have on display on my bookshelf. It reads as a Yankees homage. So much so that my inner reading voice turned into John Sterling half way through page 1. The tolerance factor comes in two different forms. The fact that there is a bunch of information (most of which we already know) which is repeated in different pages. Which makes it seem as though the author was just trying to fill in empty space. And to me it seemed like there was really no direction in this book. Their 4 stories rarely intertwined. Which if that was the goal then they should have just named the book "Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Mariano". You can definitely tell by reading this book that their were no interviews with any players, or their wives, or their old baby sitters. Just stories you could easily find on google. Which is what dissapoints me the most
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Lambe-Prater on June 11, 2013
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not much more to say, other than i love these guys... i worked for their minor league team in Greensboro when Mariano, Derek and Andy played in the early 90's.... it's been great watching them become who they are after all these years....
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I love books that give the inside story that we don't get as fans. Joe Torre's "The Yankee Years" was a good one of those. So was Buster Olney's "The End of the Yankees Dynasty". Phil Pepe's attempt, "Core Four: The Heart and Soul of the Yankees Dynasty" isn't a bad attempt per se but having lived through this most recent rise and decline of the dynasty, I can't help but notice how many details seem to be omitted for no apparent reason. For example, Pepe notes that Roger Clemens followed Andy Pettitte back to the Yankees in 2006 but doesn't say anything about how much of a bust Clemens Part 2 was for the Yankees. He makes note of how Joe Torre dropped Alex Rodriguez to 8th in the line-up for Game 4 of the 2006 Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers (as has been well and over-publicized) but makes no mention of the fact that, excluding Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Bobby Abreu, none of the team's hitters showed up for the series. Robinson Cano went 2-15 (.133), Johnny Damon 4-17 (.235), Jason Giambi 1-8 (.125), etc. It makes mention of the Yankees' pick-up of Nick Swisher in a trade from the Chicago White Sox prior to the 2009 season but says nothing of how it was in exchange for Wilson Betemit, a switch-hitting back-up infielder who had bad hands in the field and was worthless from the right side of the plate, easily one of the best steals of GM Brian Cashman's career. As I said, it's not a bad book, per se, and I get that the primary focus is on the Core 4 but still, as it is a book that's secondary focus is on documenting the 90s and 00s Yankee teams, a little more detail would have been nice.
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Everybody likes to watch a winning baseball team. A team that gives baseball fanatics lots of action and excitement. However, to achieve that kind of status requires hard work and team work. No doubt about it, it takes all the players pulling together and carrying their part of the load in order for a team to achieve World Series status.
After 17 years in a drought failing to win a World Series, four young players came along and joined the franchise that changed the dismal path that the Bronx Bombers were on, thus helping them through 13 seasons to advance to the post season 12 times, win the American league pennant 7 times, and win 5 World Series trophies.
This book, "Core Four" does an excellent job tracing the life of Mariano Rivers, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte from their humble beginnings in the minor leagues to the present, and detailing their significant contributions to a winning major league franchise. They are some of my favorite New York Yankee players. I can still picture them playing on a baseball field today before thousands of happy New York Yankee baseball fans. Even today, as I watched the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, number 2, Derek Jeter went 4 for 5. Yes, surely they are all some of baseball's greatest players Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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