Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team

Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team

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by Rob Fleder
     
 

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Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees have been an American institution for nearly a century. With their rich history and colorful cast of characters, the Yankees never fail to inspire or provoke. In this exciting compendium, some of our most acclaimed writers—including Pete Dexter, Colum McCann, Roy Blount Jr., Dan Barry, Jane Leavy, Charles P. Pierce

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Overview

Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees have been an American institution for nearly a century. With their rich history and colorful cast of characters, the Yankees never fail to inspire or provoke. In this exciting compendium, some of our most acclaimed writers—including Pete Dexter, Colum McCann, Roy Blount Jr., Dan Barry, Jane Leavy, Charles P. Pierce, J. R. Moehringer, Bill James, and many more—step up to the plate to take their cuts. The result is a collection of original essays as idiosyncratic and expansive as the team that has inspired them: ruminations on Babe Ruth's gravestone, Derek Jeter's swing, and every other subject that spans from the hilarious (the Yankee wife swap of the seventies) to the sublime (the grace of Catfish Hunter). Superbly written, deeply insightful, and full of both passion and humor, Damn Yankees is a completely fresh look at baseball's most enduring franchise.

Editorial Reviews

Jim Bouton
I'm…a fan of good writing, which is what we have with…Rob Fleder's Damn Yankees…which caused my wife to break into uncontrollable giggles…
—The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Fleder (former executive editor, Sports Illustrated) introduces this collection of new pieces with one of baseball's great truths, "Everyone has an opinion about the Yankees," a statement borne out by these essays by writers who love or hate (or love-hate!) the Yankees. The writing is alternately hilarious, nostalgic, heartbreaking, and touching. Novelist Pete Dexter writes about Yankees golden boy-turned-goat Chuck Knoblauch with side-splitting wit. Columnist Leigh Montville envisions Babe Ruth captured in all his drinking, womanizing glory by modern-day gossip magazines and paparazzi. Bill James, Red Sox statistics guru, breaks down the top 100 seasons by Yankees catchers. Sportswriter Frank Deford lists, in no particular order, the things he hates about the Yankees. A welcome and engaging addition to the tradition of marrying baseball and literature. For all baseball fans, regardless of team allegiance.—M.M.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062059635
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
737,988
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Paris Trout and five other novels: God's Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, The Paperboy, and Train. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee, and has contributed to many magazines, including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls. Dexter was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives on an island off the coast of Washington.

Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. He was the editor of Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book, Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book, Sports Illustrated: The Football Book, and Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, among other New York Times bestsellers.

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