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One Last Time: Good-bye to Yankee Stadium Hardcover – March 17, 2009


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  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061471623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061471629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1–4—This is not the kind of tribute that Yankee Stadium deserves. Postgame, George Steinbrenner calls Ray, the batboy, to his office to tell him that Yankee Stadium will be torn down, and he asks Ray to tell the good ol' boys—Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, et al—that they can return to the stadium "one last time and say good-bye." At this point, it's unclear how Ray will do this or what the Boss is talking about; then, they wax poetic about the "old lady" and about how the greats will be carried in fans' hearts forever. Ray fulfills his assignment. The guys are gathered in a "magic room," and he lets them out to play one last time. Naturally, it's the game of a lifetime. As they are playing, they hear bulldozers, and Steinbrenner gets a call that the stadium is coming down immediately. Everyone has to run to the magic room or risk never being able to leave. The text is overlong and maudlin. The color illustrations are static, and there are jarring close-ups of Ray's face. Even New York City libraries should be wary of purchasing this title.—Laura Lutz, formerly at Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Ray Negron is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. He currently works with the New York Yankees as a personal consultant to George Steinbrenner. In addition, he is also director of community relations for Spalding, America's oldest baseball company.

He lives in Florida with his four children.



Laura seeley is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. She has written and illustrated many books, including The Book of ShadowBoxes and The Magical Moonballs. Several of her books and illustrations have won awards. She lives in San Francisco with her cats, Basil, Ebi, and Fig.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Mularkey on March 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"What a wonderful farewell to the House that Ruth Built. No doubt, the Yankee greats will sanctify the new Yankee Stadium with their special mojo, and the pinstripe magic will continue"
--Richard and Homer Gere, Award-Winning Actor and Son

"A tremendous tribute to the Boss-if it were possible, the Boss would be the one to bring all of the Yankee greats back for one last time."
--Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees Hall of Famer, 1993

"A true field of dreams. I am proud to be a part of it."
--Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

"Yankee greats come to life to play one last game at Yankee Stadium. What a treat!"
--Michael Kay, YES Network, Voice of the Yankees
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edin Beaulieu on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although the NY Yankees have provided their fans with a wonderful new stadium across the street, the old Yankee Stadium will always be the field of dreams for those of us who grew up with the Bronx Bombers. Just as we can remember where we were at certain moments in our lives, like when JFK was assasinated, we can remember our first time at Yankee Stadium--that moment when we first looked out at that green grass and realized that this is where "The Bigs" were and that we were there to be a part of it. Each of us can remember special plays--Mickey Mantle hitting the facade or Derek Jeter making that great catch and sailing into the stands on the third base side. We remember the fun times--Don Mattingly catching a pop foul and stealing a bite of popcorn from a fan, and the historic times--Roger Maris' 61st home run which to most true baseball aficionados ranks up there with Cal Ripkin's streak as the last genuine baseball records ever set.

One Last Time brings all those moments back to life and allows us to pass them along to our children and generations yet to come. Nobody should ever forget what happened at The House That Ruth Built because it is a history that is deep and rich with pride and tradition. The Yankees may be moving across the street, but that will never change what happened in the old ballpark. And we have this book to keep those memories alive.

This makes a wonderful keepsake--one that can be read to your children and saved. But it also represents an important lesson--that there will always come a time in life when you must move on, and that when that time comes, you should do so with pride.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's always difficult for a reviewer to critique a book if it's discussing a subject they're not intimately familiar with. Fortunately, children's picture book reviewers have a leg up. Normally I'm not going to have to know the chemical composition of fertilizer for a book about farm life or the migratory patterns of swallows for a book on pretty birdies. The topic of sports, particularly baseball, is another matter altogether. We're talking about the national pastime for crying out loud. Now the other day I was in the library and woman came up to me with her three-year-old son. "Do you have anything on the Yankees? He loves the Yankees." I looked at him. He was, as I've said, three. Quite small. I tried to think of any picture books I'd seen about the Yankees. "Nope, nothing for three-year-olds," I said, which was true. Then I handed them the fabulous "You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!" and the little boy was happy as a clam. My library system, you see, never purchased "One Last Time: Good-Bye to Yankee Stadium" by Ray Negron, which was this year's Yankee-based picture book. The reason for this? It is perhaps one of the most ungainly creations I have yet to set my eyes upon. It's always difficult for a reviewer to critique a book for kids if it's about an unfamiliar subject. When it comes to "One Last Time", however, there's nothing for me to fear. This book was never intended for children. It's for adults from page one onward.

This is, I assure you, the actual plot of this book. I am not making any of this up. So one day George Steinbrenner calls up the batboy Ray to his office.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theresa on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One Last Time: Good-Bye to Yankee Stadium is a wonderful tribute to the Boss, Mr George Steinbrenner and to Yankee Stadium. A must read and a great collectable for all Yankee fans!
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