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Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608194922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608194926
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Pinstripe Empire:

"…when we piece together a list of today's top sports biographers, it's headlined by Howard Bryant(ESPN) Jane Leavy (The Washington Post) Leigh Montville (Sports Illustrated) Jonathan Eig (The Wall Street Journal), Mark Kriegel (Fox Sports) and Laura Hillenbrand (American Heritage)…..This oversight, however, ends now. In "Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees From Before the Babe to After the Boss," Appel has written an important, memorable and riveting history of the world's most dominant sports franchise. The book ...reads like a gripping, action-packed novel, one era more fascinating than the next." -- Jeff Pearlman, Newsday   

"Pinstripe Empire" is the most comprehensive and entertaining book on the Yankees ever written…" -- Allen Barra, Newark Star-Ledger

"There probably was only one man who could have pulled off a readable yet encyclopedic rendering of the full scope of the Yankees’ history. That man is Marty Appel. And with "Pinstripe Empire," he has delivered precisely that, a must-have for fans of the Yankees, and baseball, and splendid reading." – Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

"Marty Appel delivers a riveting and comprehensive history of the Yankees" – Sam Roberts, New York Times

"This is magnificent. Appel, a veteran writer and PR person (longtime for the Yankees), manages the near-impossible: a huge, incredibly detailed history of the New York Yankees that never bogs down or spends too long in any one place. The style is as smooth as can be…. Appel rolls right through, chronologically, with a nugget on almost every page…. Indispensable for any fan and for historians of the game of baseball."—GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Booklist (starred review)

"It is wonderfully readable, backed up by much original research. Even die-hard Yankees fans will discover serendipitous details." – Ray Robinson, author of Iron Horse and Yankee Stadium

"Not only is Marty Appel's book the definitive history of the Yankees -- surely the most famous and, in Appel's handling, one of the most intriguing American sports franchises in history -- but it is a page-turner as well. What gives the book an even greater sense of "being there" is that Appel, the one-time public relations executive for the team, was there for a good many of the team's singular events in its later "Boss" years. It's pure pleasure to take this ride through the Yankees' century-long history with Marty Appel." Author, Pulitzer Prize columnist Ira Berkow

"Pinstripe Empire" by Marty Appel is the mother of all narrative histories about the team from the Bronx. Appel's masterwork bobs and weaves its way through the history of the New York Yankees....At times serious, funny, insightful, dramatic, sad, inspiring and nostaglic, this is a book to take to the beach, to rummage through, to pick up again and again for all the grand nuggets inside of it. The sweep of Yankee legend and lore, facts and figures is here for all time in the pages of "Pinstripe Empire." - Author/historian Harvey Frommer, The Epoch Times

Frank Graham, Tom Meany, David Halberstam, Glenn Stout, Buster Olney, Tom Molito, Jane Leavy and Marty Appel have all written excellent books about the New York Yankees, but Marty Appel has created a new benchmark with his new book, Pinstripe Empire...Appel has become every young fan's father and every older fan's younger brother….With Pinstripe Empire, Appel has achieved one of the most difficult things to do. He has written a reference book that is like a story…. Pinstripe Empire allows readers to "pick Appel's brain" and to virtually be a teammate of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra,Thurman Munson, Sparky Lyle, Derek Jeter, Mariano and the other magnificent Yankees….I have followed the Yankees since 1951, which is even longer than Appel, but I will always be grateful for Pinstripe Empire because I and all baseball fans now have access to the Yankees' players and team….Baseball fans, not only Yankees' fans, have a great experience ahead of them. – Harold Friend, BleacherReport.com

"…a joy to read, even for this old Brooklyn Dodger fanatic" – Sal Marchiano

"Marty Appel's passion and insight of the Yankees cannot be equated by anyone….he has a way of not just telling a story, but giving the story a personal and privy feeling.  From the introduction of groundskeeper Phil Schenck to traveling secretary Mark Roth to Mel Allen's 'How about that!', …. Any baseball fan can talk about Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, but few know the story behind the story and all the personnel involved that made these majestic stories come into existence.  'Pinstripe Empire' is the one book that must be on the bookshelf of any Yankees fan and is a must read for those who are passionate about the Yankees and the history of their franchise." - Bradford H. Turnow - www.YankeesHistory.com

".. a chronological history the Pinstripes full of facts with little chestnuts added by the author that shows the human side of the team that we all love.  Even if you don’t love the Yankees or just won’t admit you do, the structure of this book makes it not just one of the best Bomber books around but one of the finest baseball books around…. The descriptions are so personal that it made me feel like I lived it myself.  If it’s not in here it didn’t happen yet. … Phil Speranza, BehindtheBombers.blogspot.com

"The best book I have ever read other than the Bible."—Fritz Peterson, former Yankees pitcher

"…this is the Bible of The Yankees." David Jordan, Instream Sports

"… more gems than you would find in a pirate’s treasure chest." – Bill Chuck, Billy-ball.com

"As a long time baseball executive from a baseball family, these are names and events that I lived.  Marty Appel's love of baseball shines through with this important, dispassionate and revealing look at the sports's most successful franchise -- through good times and bad.  All the big events and all the big characters are here, but so too are colorful and forgotten personalities, backstage stories, and all the "other" stuff that matters to fans - the broadcasters, the uniforms, the billboards, the subways, the ceremonies. Questions about integration, Sunday baseball, the rivalries with the Mets, the Red Sox, the Dodgers and Giants, the slowness to broadcast, the hesitation to embrace promotion, the cozy relationship with the Kansas City A's - it's all answered here.  It's emotional, it's funny, it's written for all ages, and it will come to be considered the definitive history of the team for years to come. " – Peter Bavasi

"{his} wealth of Yankee knowledge in second to none." -- George Brew, Blogtalkradio

How often can you say that the photographs in a biography are museum quality and possibly the best you've ever seen in anything this side of an art book? But that's the start on Marty Appel's "Pinstripe Empire: From Before the Babe to After the Boss." a quick scan tells me this is a classic, right up there with anything that's ever been done on the national pastime. – Tony Castro, author, Mickey Mantle, America’s Prodigal Son

"Year by year, you’ll hear all the inside stories, and you’ll find out things you never knew…it’s like the bible for the Yankees…I’ve read the book cover to cover and it is fabulous. Any baseball fan would love it."—John Sterling, , YES Network, WCBS Radio

"The latest book on the New York Yankees might be the best. ‘Pinstripe Empire’ by Marty Appel is THE definitive history on the most storied franchise in sports. No stone is left unturned and you are sure to learn something new about the Yankees and Major League Baseball…..Pinstripe Empire is not just for Yankees fans, but for all baseball fans. The interwoven stories of players, managers, owners and more play out splendidly in these pages." -- Tom Bartash, Sports Collectors Digest

"Finding 109 years of Yankees history embraced in 640 pages of Pinstripe Empire is a delight. I would like to read it in a single sitting, but I can't sit still for 640 pages even when they're fun. Marty Appel had not written a reference book. There are lots of reference books and the Internet is choke-full of names and numbers. Appel is a former media director of the Yankees and a long-time eyewitness to history. There's no point in being an eyewitness to history if you don't observe history. – Steve Jacobson, long-time sports columnist Newsday.

"Marty Appel is a fine storyteller with a keen eye for detail. He has firsthand knowledge of the bold-faced names and the bit players over a large span of Yankee history. All of which makes his perspective both entertaining and enlightening." —Bob Costas

"For baseball fans this is a great read that takes you on an intimate trip into the Yankee Universe. For Yankee fans this is a gift that only Marty Appel could give us." —Billy Crystal

"As a player, you don’t always view the things around you as history in the making. Marty Appel always did, and now, he’s given us this important book." —Whitey Ford

"An opus. Marty Appel brings a fan's passion and a historian's dispassion to bear on t...

About the Author

Marty Appel is the author of many books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller Munson. Following his years as the Yankees' public relations director, he became an Emmy Award-winning television producer and director of Marty Appel Public Relations. Appel lives in New York City and appears frequently on ESPN, HBO, MLB, and the YES Network.

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There are fact supported by very interesting tidbits throughout the book.
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While I definitely think that this is a must read for Yankee fans, I also recommend this book highly for baseball and sports fans.
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I am a long time die hard Yankee fan and this book is a great history of the greatest team of all time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Greatest American Sport on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pinstripe Empire is the first true, behind the scenes look at the depth and history of the most famous and storied franchise in the history of sports.
It is a classic example of a book that once you start, you cannot stop and you can't wait to pick it back up. The ease of the read is a real testament to
Marty Appel's writing ability and incredible knowledge of the New York Yankees. The way Appel flows from one story to another throughtout the incredible
history that is the New York Yankees is nothing short of remarkable! The best part of this book is how many new
and previously unheard stories are contained within. If you are a lover of sports and Americana, this book is the number one read for this
summer. Loved it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pat on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am not a baseball fanatic, but am a fan of the author's previous books. So it is no suprise that he has hit this one out of the park. Before reading the Pinstripe Empire I knew of the Yankees. Now that I have, I know why they are woven into the fabric of New York City and into the hearts of Yankee fans. Being a New York gal, of course I knew of The Babe, Lou Gehrig and even of Leo Durocher. I did not know the origins of the club, who and why they started the team, or how much just living in this great city I knew about the team and its history. Whether you are a fan of the Yankees, come from the Bronx or Brooklyn, or a fan of baseball -- if you love a good tale complete with heros, this is a must read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NYbaseballFAN on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of this book in advance of the release date, it is by far the most interesting, informative, and fun read on the Yankees I have ever come across. Mr. Appel does a great job weaving through the fascinating history of the most storied franchise in all of sports, all the while keeping you excited and bargaining as to why you should read just one more chapter. An obvious must for any Yankee fan, but really for any sports fan, as so much of what modern baseball is was sculpted by this franchise, whether you love them or hate them. This book will be the definitive Yankee/baseball book for years to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on January 15, 2013
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I haven't read any of the previous reviews, but I will contribute my thoughts on Marty Appel's 574 page text in addition to photos, appendix, bibliography, and index that he has put together. There have been many books written about the Bronx Bombers, but I feel Marty Appel's effort covering the entire history of the team from its beginnings in 1902 when Bill Devery and Frank Farrell purchased the Baltimore franchise and moved it to New York and played at Hilltop Park through Yankee Stadium II and the 2011 season is the ultimate book on the team's history. In addition for several of those years Marty has been there as an employee of the team and he was there to see first-hand what too place. Marty does not take sides one way or another regarding players, manager, or owners, but presents the team's history as he found it in his research.

What I especially like about the book are the numerous anecdotes about the managers, players, and owners. You may think you have heard all of the stories regarding the Yankees, but I came across several I have never heard before. Marty asked clubhouse man Pete Sheehy, "Tell me about the Babe." Instead of giving Marty a lengthy story or two about Ruth, Sheehy's five word reply was a classic. One thing in particular I like about the book is what it doesn't give us. We are not "treated" to numerous game-by-game details about how runs were scored. I find this to be very tiring in books. I repeat. I did not find this to be the case in this book.

I did find two errors in the book in addition to a spelling error and a word usage error. I will point them out, not to be critical, but in case the author wishes to make the changes in the paperback edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on April 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of the New York Yankees - since 1959. I do, however, have an avid interest in baseball history and Pinstripe Empire certainly fills the bill in that respect. Beginning in 1902, when Ban Johnson contrived to move the Baltimore franchise to New York in order to compete with the New York Giants in a big market and ending with the 2011 season, Appel has created the ultimate Yankee history. He takes an objective approach to his subject and tells a story full of anecdotes about players, managers and owners through the seasons when they couldn't win and the seasons when they couldn't be beaten. There are no play-by-plays and no box scores, just a hundred-plus years of the history of the National Game and its most storied, successful franchise.
Love them or hate them, this book should be on every baseball history shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Grey on March 26, 2013
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It's a long book but once I started it it was tough to stop. At age 83 I remembered so many of the players mentioned. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to relive " the good old days"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Speranza on May 10, 2012
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If you are a regular Behind the Bombers/BehindtheBombers.com reader there is no reason to explain who Marty Appel is. But to those of you who don't know who he is he is a long time Yankees author, one time Yankees PR person and a big baseball fan. He started his Yankees career answering Mickey Mantle's fan mail and wound up an award winning Yankee telecast producer for WPIX in NYC. He penned many Yankee books including two fantastic books on Yankee Legend Thurman Munson.

You can insert just about every cliché right here as this book is worth all that praise and more. You can see this book is a labor of love that was a lifetime in the making. It is a chronological history the Pinstripes full of facts with little chestnuts added by the author that shows the human side of the team that we all love. Even if you don't love the Yankees or just won't admit you do, the structure of this book makes it not just one of the best Bomber books around but one of the finest baseball books around.

You can't get anymore Yankee than this with a Foreward by Yogi Berra and Preface by Bernie Williams. Both of those players are well represented in this fine book.

There are fact supported by very interesting tidbits throughout the book. For instance the author delivers the facts about 1935 that Lou Gehrig was named captain by Joe McCarthy (first one since Everett Scott) that year, which is widely know, but he also points out that it was the only year Gehrig didn't have to share the stage with Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio. Sort of like the link year between the Babe and Joe D.

The book is full of stuff like this brings me up to speed on the years before my Yankee comprehension started. The descriptions are so personal that it made me feel like I lived it myself.
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