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Product Details

  • Series: Where Have You Gone?
  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; First Edition edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582617198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582617190
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...lively, short pieces on 50 former players...an effective tool that Allen has honed to a science. --The Tampa Tribune, March 7, 2004

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Maury Allen, author of the bestselling Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio? has captured the dramatic and emotional highlights of the lives of 50 of the over 1,300 players who have worn the Yankee uniform in Yankees: Where Have You Gone?

In these pages, Allen catches up with players who were teammates of Yankee Hall of Famers like DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, or Catfish Hunter and contributed to Yankee legends in their own way. Most were never stars, but were fan favorites and notable achievers whose contributions on the field were essential to their team's success.

Their stories are as varied as their personalities and the unique roles they served on Yankee teams of the past eight decades. These are the stories of players such as 1947 World Series Yankee Allie Clark, who spent years as an ironworker, and 1966 Yankee Dooley Womack, the pitcher with the best ERA on the worst Yankee team ever who spent years as a carpet salesman. These are the tales of Yankees who may be remembered for one momentous event, a Bucky Dent homer off Mike Torrez in 1978, a 1976 pennant-winning homer by Chris Chambliss, or a rendition of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the team bus by 1964 infielder Phil Linz.

Allen visits with such forgotten Yankees as 9/11 firefighter Frank Tepedino, Bob Kuzava, who popped up Jackie Robinson in the 1952 World Series, and Sparky Lyle, whose reward for a 1977 Cy Young honor was a 1978 demotion.

There is a thread that ties these men together, a link through the generations, a bond that remains unique in all of sports: They wore the Yankee uniform with pride and honor.

A few remained in baseball as managers, coaches, and scouts once their playing careers were over. Some struggled financially. Others retained some bitterness and disappointment decades later about their playing days. All, however, are thrilled with their Yankee connection and remain devoted to the tradition.

Share in all their journeys of remembrance in Yankees: Where Have You Gone?

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An easy read, and chock filled with Yankees information.
Algonquin Calhoun
Once I looked at it I immediately knew what it was and had to purchase.
K. King
If you like going behind the box scores, you'll love this book.
Joel Martin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Algonquin Calhoun on August 18, 2004
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True Yankees never really leave. This book proves it. Ball players who played for many other teams still consider their time with the Yankees (however brief) the highlight of their careers. Only one bitter player in the bunch (Hal Reniff).

Maury Allen is a walking sports encyclopedia, and this is a great book. An easy read, and chock filled with Yankees information. I loved it. Maury should write "Part 2".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Well done, by a fine writer. I love reading about the lesser lights, and what happened to them after their playing days. This book was great for that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Maury Allen has written his fair share of books about the New York Yankees having authored biographies of not only Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris but also Reggie Jackson and Ron Guidry. He also gets props for being the person who finally wrote the book with the obvious title "Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?" In "Yankees: Where Have You Gone?" Allen catches up on 50 Yankee players from the past to find out what happened to them in this first in a series from Sports Publishing LLC (the second "Where Have You Gone?" book is on the Phillies). Although the selection criteria is not clearly stated it seems safe to say that DiMaggio could not be included for two reasons. The first is that all of these former baseball players are still alive and the second is that members of the Hall of Fame are excluded (I am sure Tommy John would like to be eventually be removed from future reprints of this volume for that reason).
In reading this book you will discover the answers to all sorts of interesting questions about these former Yankees: Which pitcher had a deformed right arm? Which pitcher did a radio announcer incorrectly say gave up Bill Mazeroski's home run in the 1960 World Series? Who is the oldest living former Yankee? Who burst into tears when the Yankees trade him away? Who pinch-hit for Yogi Berra in the World Series? Who was the pitcher who won the last World Series game ever played at Ebbett's Field? What former player was a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant on September 11th? What former player got all ten of his children through college? Which former teammate stood up and spoke at the funeral of Roger Maris? Which player got his first look at Yankee Stadium in the middle of the night? Which Yankee was an All-American quarterback in college?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel Martin on April 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wow, there they are, all of those men whose names have slipped from my memory over the years. From Stan Bahnsen to George Zeber. From Jay Johnstone to Dooley Womack. They are the lesser lights of baseball, the non-legends who played for the Yankees but who are a part of Yankees' history. This is great stuff! Allen picked 50 former players, tells us what they're doing now and then recounts some wonderful stories about their playing days and their sometimes small parts in Yankees' lore. These are the kinds of stories that you won't read in a newspaper or press release, and even though I'm not a Yankees fan, I enjoyed reading them. Allen has a wonderful knack for telling interesting baseball stories and he shows the human side of these journeymen players and how they loved the game. If you like going behind the box scores, you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Travers on June 3, 2004
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Now that Jim Murray and Leonard Koppett are gone, Maury Allen may be the greatest literary link to our storied sports past. The man is a treasure. He has more first-hand knowledge of great sporting events of the past 50 years than any single writer, and this latest book is just another example of a terrific scribe at work. Bravo!
STEVEN TRAVERS
Author of "Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman"
STWRITES@aol.com
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