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Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Rich McKinney's in the book, so is Horace Clarke and all the ble

Rich McKinney's in the book, so is Horace Clarke and all the blemishes - this is one even-handed look at the game's most important franchise, warts and all. Pretty clear the Yankees didn't sign off on this, and the author has balanced his affection for the team with th...
Rich McKinney's in the book, so is Horace Clarke and all the blemishes - this is one even-handed look at the game's most important franchise, warts and all. Pretty clear the Yankees didn't sign off on this, and the author has balanced his affection for the team with the requirements of being a historian. If you love baseball history, you can't ignore the Yanks, no matter who you root for, and this has so many dramatic moments, so many new and different backstage looks at important events. Appel used his special access pretty brilliantly to give us an ongoing array of nuggets. I found something worth remembering and repeating to friends on almost every page.

posted by Anonymous on May 11, 2012

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1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I wanted to like this. I love the Yankees. I still do, but I d

I wanted to like this. I love the Yankees. I still do, but I don't like this book very much I could barely finish it and found nothing about it so compelling that I would want to go back and read it again. .

Under the Steinbrenner regime, the Yankees have had a rule ...
I wanted to like this. I love the Yankees. I still do, but I don't like this book very much I could barely finish it and found nothing about it so compelling that I would want to go back and read it again. .

Under the Steinbrenner regime, the Yankees have had a rule that players can't have long hair, or beards or facial hair. In short, they've insisted that their players look and act as bland company men. Pinstriped Empire is the literary equivalent of that policy, turning the history of the most successful franchise in major league baseball into the blandest story ever told. I'm not sure if the problem is that the author was overwhelmed by the scope, simply didn't have the skills as a writer or researcher, or, due to his close relationship to the club, was afraid to ruffle any feathers, but this book is the equivalent of Soviet history as written by a member of the Politboro. The story of the Yankees should be thrilling and emotional, but in this book it is simply boring, as time and time again, the author tell, but does not show. As the Kirkus review infers, chapter after untitled chapter simply roll by, recounting what happened (mostly) but without any insight or perspective, and very little new information, as if written to make sure it didn't ruffle a feather in the Bronx. In that way it reads like a book report about the Yankees, an encyclopedia, rather than any kind of drama. Due to the authors' significant connections, the book will unquestionably do well and receive massive publicity, but it will not be because of the content. Far from being the definitive history of the franchise, or the best narrative, it succeeds only as an exercise in word processing, pr and marketing.

This is no "Babe Ruth" "Joe DiMaggio" "Mickey Mantle" or "Derek Jeter" of a baseball book, but more like a Rich McKinney. For those who don't remember who he was, well, you should look him up. But not in this book.

posted by 10106238 on May 8, 2012

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