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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    A different perspective on the history of the Yankees

    This is the first book I have read in many years. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down especially when I got to the chapters I remembered from growing up as a Yankee fan starting in the late '60's. As I read all the memories of what I was doing and who I was came flooding back. It made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes all at the same time. No matter what era of Yankee fan you are from an enjoyable and must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    Fabulous Yankee Book

    I read this book during the past week during a cross country flight. I have been a Yankees fan since 1959 and have consumed almost every word written on the team. Madden's publication is the very best of anything I have read on the team in the past 43 years. The writing took even familiar Yankees' lore to another level by digging beneath the surface to fully understand how being a Yankee impacted each and every one of the subjects even beyond their playing days. Regardless of the player's era, he delivered a consistently enjoyable book that flowed and entertained at the highest level. Thank you for your effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Yankee pinstripes instill tremendous pride

    It was Hall of Fame pitcher Waite Hoyt who once said, 'It's great to be young and a Yankee.' Hoyt uttered those words in 1927, yet it's a theme that has held true for more than three-quarters of a century. Donning those famed pinstripes is an honor similar to that of wearing the uniform of a Roman soldier during the time of the Caesars. And the pride is felt whether you're a star like Yogi Berra or a backup catcher like Charlie Silvera, who was a member of five world championship teams from 1949-53 yet got into fewer than 200 games during his seven full years with the Yankees. In fact, it is Silvera who perhaps captures the essence of what it means to be a Yankee in this wonderfully nostalgic book written by Bill Madden, a noted baseball columnist for the New York Daily News. 'Why would I want to be the first-string catcher for the St. Louis Browns when I could be a Yankee and be part of all those World Series? I was there. I had success. I was a spear carrier to the kings.' Indeed. Being a Yankee is something special. Even Bobby Murcer, who played for the Yankees during the club's worst period from 1969-74, admitted that his life was never again the same after the club traded him to the San Francisco Giants after the 1974 season. In compiling the book, Madden interviewed 17 former players and the wife of the late Yankee catcher Elston Howard. He devotes a full chapter to each subject and the result is an insightful probe into what makes it so extraordinary to wear a Yankee uniform. Baseball fans everywhere will enjoy the reminiscenes of stars such as Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Reggie Jackson as well as those of unfilled promise such as Ron Blomberg and Joe Pepitone. 'I've been with the Padres for 29 years now,' said San Diego baseball announcer Jerrry Coleman, 'but in my heart of heart I'll always be a Yankee.' The book is a winner -- like the Yankees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Great Book for ALL Baseball Fans

    Bill Madden's Book 'Pride of October' is for ALL baseball fans. You don't have to be a Yankee fan to get the feel of what it was like to play in the Major Leagues during the various periods of time represented. While the book uses the Yankees as the center piece, the reader can get an appreciation of what it was like to play for a Major League Baseball team and what it was like to be a rookie. Great stories and insight about Yankee players you would normally never read about today such as Ron Blomberg and Joe Pepitone. Reading the backgrounds of the players is also extremely interesting when you consider today's 'commercialization' of players and their images. I highly recommend this book for baseball fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    A Chance To Listen To Your Heroes

    As a Yankee fan, did you ever wish you could just sit down with your heroes and ask them some interesting questions about themselves and their time with the Yankees? Well, in his book, Pride of October: What It Was Like To Be Young And A Yankee, Bill Madden makes our wishes come true. In a book that's as entertaining as the players and team it covers, Madden brings back so many memories of our past heroes. For me, the book really hit home, when Madden sat down and talked with Bobby Murcer, who was a hero of mine as a youngster. In that chapter, Madden, through Murcer's words, tells the story of how disappointed Bobby was when he was traded from the Yankees after the 1974 season. When I read the passages, it brought me back to when I was fourteen years old and was crushed when I found out my favorite player was traded. Now, almost thirty years later, I realized Murcer was as devastated as I was. Through Murcer, Lou Piniella, and Reggie Jackson, Madden also captures the very emotional days after the tragic death of Thurman Munson. Yankee fans who remember those sad days of August 1979, will have the strong emotions brought back when they read the words of Munson's former mates. The book has many interesting tidbits about some very famous Yankees. For example, when talking to Phil Rizzuto, Madden, explains to us why Phil was and still is so scared of lightning. Yankee fans fondly recall how the 'Scooter' would 'bolt' from the booth as soon as he saw lightning. Well, when you read the book you'll find out why. You will also read how the events of September 11th, affected Phil's life. An early chapter in the book deals with former Yankee pitcher, Marius Russo. Though I've been a die hard fan for over thirty years, I frankly never heard of Russo. Madden's chapter on Russo was special because Russo was a teammate of Lou Gehrig and the former Yankee pitcher tells how sad it was to see Gehrig suffer with ALS. As a Yankee fan since 1967, I not only enjoyed the book, but also appreciated the fact that Bill Madden gave me a chance to 'talk' to my heroes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    One of the greatest books about the greatest team

    Pride of October is one of the best of all baseball books about the Yankees. Bill Madden has written a memorable work that makes the reader feel that he is in the room with Madden and Rizzuto or Mattingly or O'Neill or Russo. Reading the book leaves one with extremely mixed feelings because after finishing a chapter, one realizes that there is one chapter less to relish. Madden's work is that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    Fresh Perspective

    I have always found baseball to be the most 'human' of the professional sports, with players who have the best stories to tell. I caught Madden one morning on the 'Brother Wease' morning radio show here in Rochester where he spent two hours sharing many of those stories. Intrigued by that preview, I read 'Pride of October' and found it to be very rewarding. Madden covers an interesting variey of young and old former Yankees, from Paul O'Neill all the way back to Marius Russo. (No, I had never heard of Russo before reading the book either, but found the chapter to be fascinating) Even with the familiar names that have been the subject of many other books, like Berra, Riaauto and Ford, I found the weave of Yankee history with their very personal recollections and perspectives on what it meant to them to be 'young and a Yankee' to be a great perspective. I thought that Madden taking Whitey Ford back to his Astoria, Queens roots was particularly inspired. I was also enlightened by Arlene Howard's rememberances of everything that she and her husband endured when he broke what Madden describes as the toughest of all color lines. Don Mattingly's heartfelt regrets on what he missed as a Yankee and Jerry Coleman's very real 'war stories' particularly stand out. They were 'new' to me and I think will be the same to any other reader. Unlike the Wells book, you know that this book belongs in the 'non-fiction' section. I found it to be an insightful, warm and thouroughly delightful read that I give five stars.

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