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Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories: Unforgettable Tales from the House That Ruth Built Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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This book took me back to that night, when as an aspiring (but not too good) baseball player, I went to the Cathedral! As Billy Crystal and Bob Costas both attest, the grass had never been so green. The smell of the "tunnel" that lead to the field was old (even then), cranky, and smelled of cigars and old beer (I suppose). But inside that place, with the facade, and the size, and the monuments. I was just thrilled.
Many of the stories in this book are reminiscent of "my one and only trip" there. They are nostalgic, wonderful, raucus, fun, and take you back to the days of the Mick, Yogi, Torre, Skowron, and the guys. Some stories, of course, are more recent -- the night Reggie hit three, the years the Yankees weren't very good. In fact, a small aside here, I played high school ball with Bob Shirley, and there is a reference to him being "...not a very good pitcher by Yankee standards. Well, maybe not, but he's "the only Yankee," that i know personally. So that was kinda fun to think back on the old high school and college baseball days.
I didn't know all the story tellers. I don't know all the stories, but I "know the place. Been there, but once..." but I'll never ever forget it. This book brings to life the old place where DiMaggio, Ruth, Mick, Yogi, and other heroes of my youth played, and walked, and usually beat the living H*** out of most everyone.
I loved the book. I savored it. I plan to read it again come spring. And maybe again the next spring.
--Memories, mostly good and all interesting, from many individuals with no name recognition...some of that is good, even necessary, for this to be a fan-friendly book, but more generally recognizable contributors would have helped, more players, officals, that kind of thing...
---Many of the contributors were media types, and it was interesting to read their work...some, if not most, wrote to impress their fellow scribes...this is a book about memories, good and bad, not one's writing ability. These "written-to-impress-my-friends" media pieces lacked the genuiness, sincerity and any of the real warmth and emotion stories and recollections such as these should have...
All in all, a good tribute to an aging, and now gone, sports relic of our times. All change is not progress, but sometimes change is necessary, and unfortunately, this was one of those times.
It is nice, even great and appropriate, that the old Yankee Stadium field, where Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle and all those great Yankees played is still there, green as ever...Though the stadium is gone, it remains hallowed ground.
As it is and should be...
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Good personal stories from people who had access to the team and to the Stadium. A fun, relaxing read and educational.Published 12 months ago by Jane Luba