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Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers Hardcover – September 3, 2012

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871404613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871404619
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With all the books written about the New York Yankees one must wonder what else is there to share that hasn't been covered in several other books. Author Ray Negron relates his years working first as a bat boy, assisting clubhouse man Pete Sheehy, working with video equipment, and other related jobs. What is unusual is that as a high school student Ray was caught defacing an outside wall on Yankee Stadium with the interlocking NY by no less than owner George Steinbrenner. Instead of punishing him The Boss saw something in the kid and put him to work.

Instead of reading a book from the perspective of a sportswriter or a Yankee teammate we are told the unique story from the viewpoint of an all-around team helper in many facets of the game. Ray Negron was with the Yankees during those tumultuous years in the 1970s and presents a different viewpoint of Manager Billy Martin in which Martin provided him with advice. Negron also provides us with anecdotes regarding Reggie Jackson along with chapters on his experiences with departed Yankees Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer, and Catfish Hunter. The much-maligned Alex Rodriguez is given his due in helping inner-city kids and emphasizing the importance of reading in their lives. Eleanor Gehrig tells Ray about the hidden room in the stadium in which her husband Lou would go to contemplate the remainder of his life. There is also a moving chapter on Brett Gardner and his experiences in visiting children in New York hospitals. The Epilogue of the book is about Owner George Steinbrenner and his signing of Dwight Gooden following his many personal difficulties with drugs. The death of The Boss is briefly covered as well.
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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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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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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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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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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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I didn't think it was possible to like the Yankees anymore than I did!!! After reading this wonderful entertaining book, I find I was wrong. People will be surprised how compassionate Mr. Steinbrenner really was. I had a few lumps in my throat after reading about Thurmon & Bobby Mercer and even Billy Martin. I truly recommend this read for anyone who likes baseball. A great behind the scenes story.
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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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