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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494931230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494931230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Just Out of Reach' by Greg Prato. A true insight from players of the Yankees during the 80's. This book is a must read." --Phil Niekro, Yankees pitcher 1984-1985, Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee 1997

"'Just Out of Reach' brings back many forgotten memories about the great times we had back then with great friends and teammates. I think 'Just Out of Reach' is a great read that not only Yankee fans but baseball fans will enjoy, also." --Rudy May, Yankees pitcher 1974-1976 & 1980-1983

"The parts of the book I have read I found very enjoyable and interesting. Brings back lots of memories." --Dave "La Lob" LaRoche, Yankees pitcher 1981-1983

"I think 'Just Out of Reach' is a great read for Yankees fans and baseball fans alike. It's also a really nice trip down nostalgia lane for anyone who grew up as a NY sports fan in the 80's." --Demetri Adarahtas, sports radio talk show host (WFAN)

"Whether you are a fan of the New York Yankees or not, this is a fantastic read. As a baseball fan and a Mets fan, I learned so much about the Yankees and a time period in which I grew up in. It's another great job by Greg, and extremely informative about a period of time in Yankee history you do not find a lot of material written about." --John Panarese, SportsTalkNY (WGBB)

"Greg's book signifies the 1980's to a tee. The compilation of interviews describes an ego-filled, frustrating time for Yankee fans that turned in the 90's, but unfortunately, didn't get our hero Don Mattingly a title in the 1980's." --Mike Lindsley, PinstripePassion.com

"An absorbing recollection of now-it-can-be-told, behind-the-scenes flashbacks organized loosely by years and individual personalities. More than 25 observers, ranging from Hall of Famer [Goose] Gossage to role players such as Barry Foote and Brian Fisher, as well as a broadcaster, newspaper reporter, sports memorabilia store owner and a stand-up comedian who's a Yankees fan share their stories of an era that has been largely overlooked. Until now." --Paul Hagen, MLB.com

"Prato trains his literary focus on the 1980s-era New York Yankees and the decade that almost was. The author is a master at seeking out little wrinkles in the great and exalted fabric of professional sports. Using the oral narrative, he stitches, sews and stretches the cloth until he's created an historic blanket without a single loose thread." --Steven Rosen, Curledup.com

"There is a clear nostalgia sweet spot for the book, namely Yankees fans younger than me who don't clearly recall the teams of the mid-to-late 1970s and those old enough to know Yankees history did not begin in 1996. Prato has assembled an impressive array of players from the era, many of whom don't mind being honest about those times now that enough years have gone by." -Neil Best, Newsday

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Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of several popular books:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Kay on March 4, 2014
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Admittedly, I'm a long time struggling NY Mets fan. The 80's were our heyday, but as we all know, the 80's had a lot of disappointment for our neighbors in the Bronx. When I saw this book written on the 1980's Yankees, I just had to purchase it for my buddy (who eats, sleeps and breaths the men in the pinstripes). Really never saw a book done on this era of the Yankees before.... and I couldn't resist getting it for someone who workshops them. I took a look through the material before giving it to him, and I have so say, the book is pretty well done. It's very easy reading, and the stories (told by the actual players and people of the 80's Yankees) really bring you back to a place we all remember so well..... Just how out of reach these Yankees years were. It's interesting how the book is written.... almost in an interview format.... just like you're reading exactly like it happened. And some of the best stories are pretty interesting nuggets that just haven't been publicized. I didn't think I would actually read the book that I got as a gift for someone, but like I said, it was a really easy (and fun) read. From a Mets fan, this book is definitely an 80's book to get.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on March 2, 2014
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The story of the Yankees in the 1980s is a mostly neglected period of their history compared to their earlier drought period of the CBS years. Because of that, it was great to see Prato, who has done similar oral histories for the NY Jets and NY Islanders of the 1980s, do one for the Yankees and give us the recollections of many players whose stories have never been seen before like Ron Davis, Barry Foote, Andre Robertson, Steve Kemp etc. Bigger names like Mattingly and Piniella are absent but that doesn't detract from the level of information that's given. It was really great to see a forgotten story like that of Dave LaRoche and the "La Lob" pitch that took Yankee fans by storm in 1981 get told at last in print.

What keeps this from being a five star effort though is that Prato fails to provide some helpful contextual and connective narrative between the recollections. Instead everything just kind of unspools in an unedited fashion in a chapter section with just a few parnethetical observations that leave out key details like where the Yankees finished in a given season etc. Since I knew all this info already it didn't bother me much, but it might be a little confusing for the uninitated. As a result, while this is an outstanding reference work of raw history about the Yankees in this neglected period, we could still use a solid narrative history of this era as well. But despite this one reservation, thank you Mr. Prato for taking the first big step forward and I recommend it highly to Yankee fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krazy Karl on May 27, 2014
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I became a big fan of the Yankees in the 1980's. I love Donnie Baseball, Pags, Rags, Willie, Winnie and all the role players. It was so nice to remember the names and remember when baseball was all that mattered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey on March 16, 2014
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When my friend told me about this book, I knew it was something I had to get my hands on. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. There just isn't anything out there that speaks to the 80's Yankee fan. The book's format makes for easy reading, and really brought me back to the days of watching the Yankees on WPIX or from the rowdy right-field bleachers. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially for those hardcore fans who endured (and enjoyed) following the team during that period.
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Another good book by Greg Prato. If you lived thru the 8o's in New York & followed the baseball scene, this book is for you. I am a die-hard Mets fan. The 1980's for me always represented the rise of the Mets. The Yankees seemed to be just close enough to make the postseason only to fade away in September. They surely would've been helped by a wild card berth if it was in effect then. The Yankees then were always one step in utter chaos created by the owner, George Steinbrenner. I felt those interviewed in the book alluded to that but pulled their punches a bit. The popular sentiment now is that George is a Saint & all the wackiness he exuded during the 1980's is forgotten. Those of us who remember those times, don't forget the constant changing of managers, trading away of prospects for over the hill free agents, the empty stadium, etc. My brother the die hard Yankees fan still racks his brain over how Steinbrenner was able to retain ownership. I rack my brain over how the Wilpon family still own the Mets daily. A blast back in time makes this a good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Marks on March 4, 2014
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This book definitely took me back to a time that watching the Yankees was both fun, and frustrating. It was interesting to hear the perspective of some players that you rarely, if ever, heard from back then. While I loved hearing some juicy stories from some of the "big names" like Gossage and Niekro, I found the stories from the "little guys" to be just as riveting.
This is the third book that I've read from this author George Prato. He did a book about the 1980's Jets a few years ago, and more recently I read his work about the 1980 Islanders Dynasty. Once again I've enjoyed the way he puts the book together; in which the players are simply telling the story of what happened, without a lot of meddling from the Author.
It really is a quick and joyable read. I believe it's about 350 pages. I downloaded it on the kindle fire and didn't put it down until I was done. I recommend it-You won't be sorry.
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