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Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers Hardcover – September 3, 2012
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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
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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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.Read more ›
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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A great feel good story for any Yankee fan, young or old.
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One of the best book ever written about the Yankees and history of the great team. I enjoyed it and have loaned it out several times already. You cannot put it down.Published on May 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a great story about the Yankees, and the caring philosophy that Steinbrenner brought to all associated with the Yankees.Published on February 2, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I have to come to this with a grain of salt. I am a Yankee fan so am inclined to see only the good. The media has made Steinbrenner was of the ogres of the 20th century. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Donna
I bought this for my husband, who seldom reads but loves the Yankees. He read it immediately and straight through. Well written book and very informative and interesting.Published on July 7, 2013 by Roxanne J. Moore
If you love the Yankees, you're going to love this book. It's written by someone who is not a ball player and gives a great slant on the Boss and his Yankees. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Pat B,
I cannot remember a time I was not a baseball fan - and as a kid growing up in a small town in the `60s that meant I was a Yankee fan. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Sam Sattler
This was an amazing book and told how really generous "The Boss" really was! he may have been rough around the edges on the outside but when it came to dealing with people... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Nancy B Ali
Yay! Yankee/baseball fans will appreciate the inside anecdotes and heart warming stories. It was an enjoyable read. Buy it today.Published on February 11, 2013 by Chechy