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?