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Just as Wallace Stevens introduced 13 ways of looking at a blackbird, so Richard Lally discovers countless ways of rehashing Yankee lore. Combining journalistic precision with a keen sense of the absurd, Bombers breathes fresh life into Babe Ruth's "called" home run, Lou Gehrig's Yankee Stadium farewell, Billy Martin's tirades at Reggie Jackson, and other unforgettable moments in pinstripe history.
Did the Babe actually call his shot? Shortstop Frank Crosetti, in whom Ruth confided, offers his opinion. Yankee faithful are well versed in Reggie Jackson's three-home-run barrage to clinch the 1977 World Series, but few have heard Willie Randolph's perspective: In the mob scene following the game, the young second baseman struggled to prevent delirious fans from stealing his cap and poking their fingers in his eyes, and to rescue his father from overwrought cops who were threatening to arrest him. A more obscure but no less entertaining story: When Phil Linz defiantly blew "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into his harmonica during a bus trip in 1964, who knew it would ignite not only Yogi's wrath but also a late-season pennant charge?
One effect of reading Bombers is being reminded of how rich the franchise has been, in both class and personality -- not to mention championships. From Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak to Derek Jeter's postseason heroics, there's a lot to celebrate. Oh, to be a Yankee fan! (Brenn Jones)