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Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
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
on October 16, 2012
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
on September 29, 2012
I have just finished the third of the book. This is the second time for me to read such a book that records a baseball person's life in English. I do not have much background information of the time, but I could easily think about the atmosphere relatively easily, which was possible by the vivid depiction of the important scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
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
on December 8, 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
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
on October 24, 2012
Roy Negron was only 17 and a starstruck Yankees fan when he was apprehended for painting graffiti on the walls of the stadium. George Steinbrenner made him work off the damages by beginning as a batboy for the team and working his way up through the ranks to become the friend and confident of some of the most famous men associated with the team: Billy Martin, Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson, to name a few. Negron's love for the team and the sport comes through in Sally Cook's able prose. Fans looking for baseball stories with heart that they won't find anywhere else will enjoy "Yankee Miracles."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
New York is a state of mind, no matter where you may reside! Reading "Yankee Miracles" (a gift for my husband's birthday) was akin to being a fly on the wall and witnessing all the little vignettes contained in this book!!! A great read full of heart as well as soul. I guess the one phrase I would use is that it is "real", just like New Yorkers and the team we still cheer for. You will laugh; you will cry; you will discover things you "suspected" but now you know. It will warm your heart and it will make you proud....and you need not be a Yankee fan to enjoy "Yankee Miracles."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
I read Yankee Miracles, and it was great to read about the players of my childhood as well as the players I watch and cheer for today. The stories were great, fun to read and heartwarming... kind of like Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan. It is great to know that the Yankees still stand for what they always have. Pride and Tradition. Their connection to the community is an inspiration to us all to do what we can to helo others.

When I finished reading, I gave it to my teenaged son who finished it in no time. When he was done, he asked if he could hold on to it for a while. "Guess what my first book report this year is going to be on," he said. Then as he walked away, he said, "I hope they make this book into a movie!" I do too. We'll go see it together.
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