About the Author
ALAN ROSS is a freelance writer and former editor for Professional Team Publications, Athlon Sports Communications, and Walnut Grove Press. A regular contributor to "American Profile" magazine and nfl.com, he also is the history columnist for "Titan's Exclusive," the official fan publications of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. A graduate of Fordham University and a lifelong Yankees fan, he and his wife, Karol, live in Monteagle, Tennessee.
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"You'll never be a ballplayer. Take my advic, son, and forget baseball. Get into some other line of business." -Branch Rickey to Yogi Berra, after Berra's unsuccessful tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals
"Mickey Mantle. Outside of Babe Ruth, it was probably the best baseball name ever invented." -Mickey Herskowitz, author and sportswriter