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Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like a great clutch hitter looking for a fastball down the middle of the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series... and being fooled badly with a big-bending-slow-curve... just as fooled will be potential readers expecting hundreds of pages denigrating the guy sitting next to you because his team colors are orange and blue and yours are pure pinstripes. Don't get me wrong... there is some of that... but surrounded by the prose of... life... death... family... countries... Grandfathers... Fathers... Sons... Daughters... familial love... familial hate... immigrants on both sides of the ocean... fond... and not so fond... remembrances... from Belfast... to Massachusetts... to New York... and beyond... these highly talented writers... I firmly believe are exorcising their own spiritual tumult that they have carried within themselves for a lifetime.Read more ›
The authors in this book are very skilled writers who can take a story and write it in a way to make it uniquely interesting. However, due to a few stories I didn't especially care for and the 38 pages of statistics at the end I would rate this book to be four stars which mean "I like it".
Others take a more conventional approach -- there are two pretty good stories about Jeter, and Bill James does a statistical analysis of Yankee catchers. James' essay is a bit disappointing because he focuses on the measurable offensive statistics of the catchers rather than on the much more important qualities of leadership, handling of pitchers, and defense. However, James does a good job of examining what data there is to revise the common misconception of Berra as a poor defensive catcher.
There is a good deal of humor in the book. Leavy's chapter on Mantle and the Red Sox pitcher he bedeviled is far more light-hearted than her book on Mantle. The Yankee-hater essays are quite funny. And the chapter on Babe Ruth as the inventor of the charismatic celebitry type is amusing.
One striking essay entitled "Day of the Locusts" concerns the ugly, obsessive side of fandom and focuses on the riot that occurs when the victorious Yankees return from beating K.C. in Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS. There are two sad essays that deal with Catfish Hunter's death from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Most of the essays focus on the fan's interest in the game and why baseball is so compelling to so many.
This is a very good collection of essays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on October 29, 2013 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 on August 5, 2013 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 on June 7, 2013 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 on June 2, 2013 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 on January 16, 2013 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