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

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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, 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 ...

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062059635
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 767,716
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction Rob Fleder 1

First

1 "I Have Feelings for the Yankees" Roy Blount Jr 9

2 Street Heart Sally Jenkins 20

3 Take Me Out to the Oedipal Complex Bruce McCall 25

4 The Errors of Our Ways Pete Dexter 32

5 True North Charles P. Pierce 50

Second

6 Gone Fishin' Michael Paterniti 59

7 The Queens Speech Nathaniel Rich 65

8 The Latin King Steve Wulf 79

9 The Oldest Living Yankee J. R. Moehringer 88

10 Billion-Dollar Baby James Surowiecki 98

11 Media Babe Leigh Montville 106

Third

12 A Baltimore Chop Frank DeFord 121

13 An Innocent Abroad Will Leitch 124

14 Sully and the Mick Jane Leavy 132

15 The Deal of the Century Daniel Okrent 146

16 Death by Baseball Richard Hoffer 151

17 One True Pitch Rick Telander 160

Home

18 The Long Way Home Colum McCann 175

19 Day of the Locust William Nack 181

20 My Season's Better Than Your Season Bill James 191

21 The Dog Days Dan Barry 208

22 A Bad Case of the Yankees Roger Director 216

23 Captain America Tom Verducci 222

24 Yankee Mortals Steve Rushin 234

Yankees by the Numbers

Hitting 243

Pitching 251

Honors, Awards, and Titles 262

Sabremetrics 270

Baserunning and Fielding 272

Managers, Owners, and Stadiums 277

Acknowledgments 283

The Contributors 286

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Yes, Damn Those Yankees

    It was the last day of work in December 2010 when I was on my way to meet a former colleague for dinner at Pete's Tavern on 18th Street in Manhattan. Just before getting there I noticed an array of books, hardcover and softcover, laid out on a ledge of one of the old buildings in the area. There were cookbooks, animal books, novels, and the 2010 edition of 'The Best American Sports Writing,' edited by Peter Gammons. I said to myself if that book was still there when I finished dinner, than I was meant to have it, and I'd take it. That's exactly what happened, and I occasionally peck away at it still. It contains 26 pieces by 26 different writers about a wide variety of sports figures. All pieces were previously published. 'Damn Yankees' is nothing like that book. 'Damn Yankees' is an anthology by invitation of 24 stories by 24 writers about the New York Yankees; likes and dislikes. It is the brainchild of Rob Fleder, a former executive editor of Sports Illustrated who got in touch with a variety of writers and asked them something simple: deliver some writing about the Yankees; whatever you like. The pieces never appeared anywhere before being published in this book. Not your typical sports anthology. You can't assemble 24 of anything and include everything. Significant to me is that none of the 24 writers in 'Damn Yankees' have a piece in the 2010 book I helped myself to from the widow ledge. Mr. Fleder's mission is accomplished. Aside from the excellent essays, pro or con, is an array of statistics that is laid out with novel finesse. There are even some photos, although this is not meant to be a book of photographs. You don't have to be too old to remember these stories. Most of this is current stuff, and even Babe Ruth is updated with a Twitter account. One thing that might hit you, is the money. Not what the book costs, but what the players cost. What no so long ago seemed like mind-numbing numbers now seem like petty larceny. Could you really care these days if someone were signed for $3 million? It wasn't that long ago we all did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    RED SOX RULE THE WORLD

    YANKEES SUCK ALL U YANKEE FANS!!!!! STINKEES ARE A BETTER NAME!!!! RED SOX ARE WAY WAY WAY WAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAYWAY BETTER!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    RED SOX SHUT UP!!!!

    Yankees is awedome!!!!!!?????????????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Whoa whoa

    Hi im 12 and i hate bosten red sox and im a fan of yankees and i live in nyc so i hate u yankees haters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

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    Don't you guys that have a nook think that the title is not gor kids i mean i am nine and the is wack my opinion

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    Posted June 16, 2013

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