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Everyone has an opinion about the Yankees. More than an opinion in most cases, but an opinion at the very least.
—From the Introduction
Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees have been an American institution for nearly a century. With their rich history and colorful cast of characters, the Yankees never fail to inspire or provoke. In this exciting compendium, some of today's most acclaimed writers—including Pete Dexter, Colum McCann, Roy Blount Jr., Dan Barry, Jane Leavy, Charles P. Pierce, J. R. Moehringer, Daniel Okrent, Frank DeFord, Bill James, and many more—step up to the plate to take their cuts. The result is a collection of original essays as idiosyncratic and expansive as the team that has inspired them: ruminations on Babe Ruth's gravestone, Derek Jeter's swing, and the upper-deck vantage of the Oldest Living Yankee; dual allegiances; mortal rivalries; and every other subject that spans from the hilarious (the Yankee wife-swap of the '70s) to the sublime (the grace of Catfish Hunter).
Superbly written, deeply insightful, and full of both passion and humor, Damn Yankees is a completely fresh look at baseball's most enduring franchise by a Murderers' Row of writers as stacked as that of the 1927 Yanks.
Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Paris Trout and five other novels: God's Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, The Paperboy, and Train. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee, and has contributed to many magazines, including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls. Dexter was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives on an island off the coast of Washington.
Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. He was the editor of Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book, Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book, Sports Illustrated: The Football Book, and Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, among other New York Times bestsellers.
I got this for him for his birthday. He loved it. Many of the stories were from the time when he was a kid and he rememberd some of them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quality of the stories is mixed. Many stories are old news to Yankees fans. Still, some gems here and worth a read.Published 15 months ago by Joseph P. Lavelle
As a Yankee fan in recovery [after more than two decades of faithful rooting and followership] I still love reading about my former obsession, both for ill and for good [but I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Sica
I have been a life long Yankees fan and now I am a Rob Fleder fan for this compilation of stories that are touching, funny, sad, informative, educational and entertaining about... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. J. Corcoran
Arrived on time and good quality. So happy that I did not have to drive to store to waste gas and time.Published 22 months ago by Harry W. Wyre Jr.
This book is like that. Some, even most of these stories, rise to greatness, others sink to mediocrity. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Big D
When it comes to the Yankees there is no neutral ground, as evidenced by the dozens of wonderful contributors to this book, edited by Rob Fleder. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Jon Hunt
It was the last day of work in December 2010 when I was on my way to meet a former colleague for dinner at Pete's Tavern on 18th Street in Manhattan. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by John D.