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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871404613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871404619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Much of sports can leave us skeptical if not cynical. But I defy anyone to read Ray Negron's remarkable story and not come away believing that there still can be genuine heart, soul, and even redemption in the games we watch and play.” (Bob Costas)

“Full of fondness and good memories, Negron’s affectionate memoir reveals that his love for the Yankees and his affection for Steinbrenner haven’t diminished over these many years.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Hard as it is to recommend yet another book about the Yankees—especially this bouquet by a longtime employee—it’s just as hard not to be touched by Negron’s story …Even avowed Yankee haters will be warmed by stories of Alex Rodriguez’s outreach to a local youth baseball team, Derek Jeter’s private chat with a young cancer patient in a corner of the Yankees clubhouse, and the gruff but heartfelt kindness Munson would extend to teammates, opposing players, and the young Negron.” (Booklist)

“With the assistance of Cook (co-author: Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son, 1997, etc.), longtime New York Yankees employee Negron (One Last Time: Good-bye to Yankee Stadium, 2009, etc.) relates a series of heartwarming tales from his time with the storied franchise. The author, whose previous Yankee-related books have been aimed at children, here offers a biography that seems straight out of a 1930s movie. As a young troublemaker, he was caught spray-painting graffiti on Yankee Stadium by the team’s new owner, George Steinbrenner. Hours later, he found himself in uniform, shagging flies from his heroes as a batboy, a job that would lead to a lifetime working in baseball. Negron’s effort to show the kindhearted side of the notoriously prickly ‘Boss’ permeates this touching book. He joined the Yankee organization shortly after Steinbrenner’s purchase of the team, and he was there through the glory years of the 1970s, when the team included such icons as Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin. The author formed life-altering friendships with each of them, and he also features the triumphs and tragedies of other stars, including Mickey Mantle, Catfish Hunter, Dwight Gooden, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Each chapter recounts a “miracle” from the author’s time with the team, and Negron provides ample insight into the real men behind the uniforms. Though he doesn’t hold back from showing their flaws, the lenses through which he views them are heavily rose-colored. A treasure-trove for sentimental Yankees fans and a feel-good read for all baseball fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[Ray Negron’s] affectionate ode to the team and its former owner is a welcome salve to the Yankees’ often self-inflicted bruises.” (Sam Roberts - New York Times)

“Longtime Yankees advisor Negron's inside story of life with the team begins with what reads like an episode of Seinfeld.” (New York Post)

“An exciting new book by a New York Yankees insider... offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss”—Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.... [A]uthor Ray Negron recounts an unlikely career in baseball that had a most unexpected beginning and reads like a modern day version of Angels with Dirty Faces.... Yankee Miracles features a series of heartwarming tales illustrating the power of baseball to transform lives.” (Jim Meyers - Newsmax)

“The most storied team in baseball history has a few tales that even the most die-hard Yankees fans might not know… [An] inspiring story.” (ReadKiddoRead.com)

About the Author

Ray Negron, a community advisor for the New York Yankees, is the author of three children’s books and the producer of an animated film.

Sally Cook, the author of two children’s books, is also the coauthor of Another Season, a New York Times bestseller.

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Ray Negron does a great job and provides an interesting take on the behind the scenes events in Yankees baseball starting in the '70's from an insider's viewpoint.
Elizabeth Triche
You will laugh; you will cry; you will discover things you "suspected" but now you know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DS OCNJ on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As I read Yankee Miracles, I kept thinking back to when I taught reluctant readers and how much they would have enjoyed each chapter. My high school students loved reading about sports stars especially when they could see their human side. Ray Negron and Sally Cook capture the caring and compassion of Yankee heroes from the 1970s to the present day. They show how these larger-than-life stars demonstrated kindness and understanding in their private lives.

The book is built around Ray Negron's story, the tale of how he was caught spray painting Yankee Stadium by George Steinbrenner, how he was given a second chance as a batboy, how he was adopted and mentored by Yankee legends, and how he used this opportunity to build a career in baseball and to mentor future stars and city kids.

Yankee Miracles appeals to all ages from the young reader to seniors like me, a retired reading teacher. It is not just for Yankee fans as this lifelong Phillies fan found each story to be compelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stampederus on October 16, 2012
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As a life long Yankee fan this book brought back many memories. I was deeply touched by each story of my baseball heroes. I would recommend this book to all baseball fans, particularily those who follow the Bronx Bombers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lonesome George on October 16, 2012
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The book was extremely readable and had a very personal feel to it. Almost like talking with a friend. It gave a really behind the scenes look at so many of the Yankee famous player and it gave a completely different side of the Boss. It's a must read for any Yankee fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Cifuentes on October 14, 2012
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This was a really great book, I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something really different. This book is more about Ray's life than than just the Yankees. You do not need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book. This book also talks about many great baseball players so this makes a great book to a baseball fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Rizzo on January 14, 2013
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Real good inside history from the start of the Boss era. It takes you through the side of George that the media ignored. Shares the effects of the tragedies and heroics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Schwartz on January 5, 2013
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This book is exactly what it says it is - An insider's look at several decades of Yankee baseball through the eyes of someone whose passion and career evolved within the franchise. You'll read human anecdotes about the most notable people associated with the team.

Ray Negron's own life became a version of a baseball fanatic's dream. His book is exactly what you'd hope he'd document so we could get insight into what he did and witnessed.

I co-wrote "The Quick and Easy Guide to Learning Baseball" to help potential fans understand the rules of the game. Ray's book lets everyone appreciate the professionals who play and manage it.

Given the author's experiences, the book naturally gives the greatest insight into his own and George Steinbrenner's personalities. It also gives a very accurate picture of how the team impacts its fans in general and the Bronx in particular.

The book "works" from so many different angles. You won't be bored or disappointed reading it. If you're a true baseball fan, you'll have an expanded view of the sport. If you're like me, you'll finish the book wishing you could spend 3 hours talking with the author about the world he's lived in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A A LOMBARDI on December 14, 2012
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great insight. george was one of a kind. we new yorkers were lucky to have him. let the other owners be on the back page. i
loved seeing him on the front page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hank on December 7, 2012
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When reading this book, I was skeptical that the author, Ray Negron, was as close to George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson as the book suggests. From his beginnings as a Yankee batboy, he would later become their close friend, confidant, and personal assistant. I couldn't understand how he came to mean so much to these superstars. My skepticism disappeared when I watched Bob Costas interview Reggie Jackson on Studio 42 recently. Reggie Jackson mentioned Ray Negron by name (last name pronounced Na-gron' with the accent on the 2nd syllable). Reggie said Ray and Fran Healy (another Yankee player) were closest to him during his turbulant years as a Yankee, just like Ray said in the book. So that gives him some credibility in my book. Anyway, I'm not a literary critic, so I can't speak to how well the book was written (like others have criticized), but it was an easy read, and I enjoyed the insight into all the stuff that went on behind the scenes - some of which is common knowledge to any respectable baseball or Yankees fan. I did notice that Ray's story of Sparky Lyle's prank on Bobby Murcer's rocking chair differed slightly from all other accounts I have read (including Bobby's own). Ray's version does not tell how the chair fell apart when Bobby sat on it. Ray's version had Bobby sitting down, realizing the legs were too short, and played it off like it was nothing. Ray made no mention of the chair breaking or the grounds crew glueing the legs back on. Overall though, I thought it was an enjoyable book.
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