Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team
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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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Winners of twenty-seven World Series titles, the New York Yankees are the quintessential sports dynasty. Love them or hate them, they cannot be ignored by anyone who professes to be a fan of the great game of baseball. With Damn Yankees, Rob Fleder, former Executive Editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, offers a timeless collection of original

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Winners of twenty-seven World Series titles, the New York Yankees are the quintessential sports dynasty. Love them or hate them, they cannot be ignored by anyone who professes to be a fan of the great game of baseball. With Damn Yankees, Rob Fleder, former Executive Editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, offers a timeless collection of original essays by some of the most prominent contemporary writers in America—from Pete Dexter to Jane Leavy, from Roy Blount Jr. to Colum McCann—each piece focusing on one uniquely colorful subject: the fanatically adored/resoundingly despised “Bronx Bombers.” Funny, moving, provocative, insightful appreciations and detractions—from Babe Ruth to Mickey Mantle to Derek Jeter—Damn Yankees offers twenty-four fascinating takes on the most storied franchise of baseball’s Major Leagues.

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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062059628
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
1,213,140
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

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

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Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jdemet More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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