George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire

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In George, New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock tells the stranger-than-fiction story of baseball's biggest bully, worst boss, and most successful owner ever. He gets inside the countless manager hirings and firings (and sometimes rehirings) from Billy Martin to Joe Torre, the legendary feuds and hard feelings involving famous figures such as Yogi Berra and Dave Winfield, and the ever-spiraling players' salaries, as well as the astute business deals-with cable television and others-that transformed ...

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Overview

In George, New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock tells the stranger-than-fiction story of baseball's biggest bully, worst boss, and most successful owner ever. He gets inside the countless manager hirings and firings (and sometimes rehirings) from Billy Martin to Joe Torre, the legendary feuds and hard feelings involving famous figures such as Yogi Berra and Dave Winfield, and the ever-spiraling players' salaries, as well as the astute business deals-with cable television and others-that transformed the Yankees from a $10 million franchise into a powerhouse worth over $1 billion today.

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George Steinbrenner, the longtime owner (since 1973) of the New York Yankees, has been one of the most colorful characters in modern baseball lore, with emotions about him-pro and con-running deep among Yankee fans. Golenbock (Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964) has written many sports best sellers, and his technique is to tell a story through relating interviews and hilarious anecdotes, producing an easily readable winning formula. Readers will gain insight into the love-hate relationship with Steinbrenner's nemesis, manager Billy Martin, and some incredible championship years. Steinbrenner's role has now diminished as his sons have taken control, but he has cast a large shadow over the team and the sport. His legacy will probably take many years to assess, but this is a good, readable biography in the meantime. Recommended for most baseball buffs; even non-Yankee fans will enjoy. On the topic of the Steinbrenner-Martin relationship, also consider veteran sportswriter Phil Pepe's The Ballad of Billy and George: The Tempestuous Baseball Marriage of Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.
—Paul Kaplan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470392195
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,310,352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Golenbock
Peter Golenbock is one of the nation's best-known sports authors. He has written some of sports' most important books, including five New York Times bestsellers: The Bronx Zoo with Sparky Lyle, Number 1 with Billy Martin, Balls with Graig Nettles, Idiot with Johnny Damon, and Personal Fouls. He is also the author of the bestselling book on NASCAR, American Zoom, and he has written books about the Mets, and most recently 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel. His collaboration with Tony Curtis, American Prince, reached number seven on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xv

Personality Disorders xvii

Prologue: The Final Game 1

1 Henry and George 5

2 Culver Military Academy 13

3 Williams College 26

4 Lockbourne Air Force Base 44

5 Coach George 51

6 Come to Papa 64

7 The Cleveland Pipers 71

8 George Builds an Empire 91

9 Vernon Stouffer's Revenge 98

10 Buying the CBS Yankees 104

11 George Takes Charge 113

12 Watergate 122

13 George's Short Exile 135

14 Wooing Billy 141

15 George's First Pennant 160

16 The Bronx Zoo 164

17 "One's a Born Liar" 183

18 George in Charge 195

19 The Fans Chant 212

20 Hello, I Must Be Going 221

21 Insanity 237

22 Howie Spira and Mr. May 248

23 American Ship Goes Under 260

24 Gene Michael Rebuilds 268

25 Joe Torre Arrives 286

26 George Takes Back the Reins 304

27 The Gold Mine 313

28 Silent George 325

29 George the Munificent 337

Notes 347

Bibliography 353

Index 355

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Plenty of errors

    The fact-checking needs a serious overhall. In the pages I read today I found out that the Yankees lost to Seattle in 7 games in 1995, that Reggie Jackson was brought back as an advisor in 1966, and that Joe Torre was the 1973 NL MVP. Now for reality. Ken Griffey Jr. broke our hearts by sliding across the plate in Game 5 in 1995, Reggie was brought back in 1996 (he was in the minor leagues in 1966 with the A's), and Pete Rose won the 1973 NL MVP. Torre won it in 1971.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Ok, but not great

    Including this book, I have now read four separate biographies about George Steinbrenner. Although Mr. Goldenbock's writing is without question entertaining and effective, I must say that many of his perspectives were of someone who had hard feelings toward George Steinbrenner, or the stories were given withan air of antipathy towards Steinbrenner. We all know Steinbrenner was in many respects an extremely difficult person to know to say the least, but sometimes the bashing seemed personal. A case in point: Goldenbock decides to begin the book with the psychological definition for the word "narcissist", as if to infer strongly that Steinbrenner was one. Well, as esteemed as Mr. Goldenbock is, I would reserve the diagnosis for a professional psychologist. I guess the lesson is like my teacher used to say; if you want to really know about someone, read ALL the biographies available to remove as much personal bias as possible. If you are only going to read one, however, I would suggest "Steinbrenner: the Last Lion of Baseball" by Bill Madden. There is a lot more perspective and input from the people that were actually there. When reading quotes from the people that were there, it seemed that many of their quotes were inconsistent with Goldenbock's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Very interesting profile of George

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was enlightening about how George grew up and how his temperment was a direct result of his upbringing.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    A Must Read for Yankee Fans

    This book provided an in-depth look at the life of George Steinbrenner. It goes beyond the headlines and includes a wealth of information about the building of the New York Yankees. It was an easy read although some parts about his life pre-Yankees dragged a bit. I found the book to be very interesting and highly reccomend it, especially for Yankee fans.

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