Overview

At the end of the 2008 season, Yankee Stadium will be closing its doors, and in memory of this illustrious stadium, this tribute provide fans with hundreds of anecdotes about the iconic ballpark through the eyes of both those who performed there and the many others who were spectators. Stories shared by those who worked, played, rooted or cheered there, grace the pages of this memento, including Billy Crystal witnessing a monster home run by Mickey Mantle at his first game at Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1956; Bob ...

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Overview

At the end of the 2008 season, Yankee Stadium will be closing its doors, and in memory of this illustrious stadium, this tribute provide fans with hundreds of anecdotes about the iconic ballpark through the eyes of both those who performed there and the many others who were spectators. Stories shared by those who worked, played, rooted or cheered there, grace the pages of this memento, including Billy Crystal witnessing a monster home run by Mickey Mantle at his first game at Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1956; Bob Costas following the Yankees and his favorite player Mickey Mantle in the 1950s; Ernie Harwell calling both football and baseball games at Yankee Stadium; and Keith Olbermann going to games and chasing foul balls in the late 1960s. Filled with interesting facts and heartwarming stories, Memories of Yankee Stadium is a special gift for all of those who want to remember forever the beloved Yankee Stadium the way it was.

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This upcoming season will be the last at both of New York City's stadiums. Of course, the house that Ruth built, and the Yanks who played there, get greater bibliographic attention than Shea or the Mets. Fischer's offering is indeed rendered like a scrapbook, so there's little text, but it manages to skim gracefully through nine decades. Krantz's includes an original DVD documentary. It's got all of the classic moments, via photos and text, from Babe's 60 homers to Gehrig's and Ruth's farewells, and onward with hitting streaks, pitching aces, and future hall of famers.

Pepe's approach is to cover 50 "moments" in Yankee franchise history, mostly the heroic ones but including such notorieties as the Peterson-Kekich wife swapping and an early Billy Martin episode. Pitoniak's work is different. Billed as an oral history, it uses the stadium as the lens through which a deeper selection of moments and memories are shown, interpreted by a more comprehensive selection of men connected to the team-sometimes simply by devotion. As with Tom Jones's Working at the Ballpark (reviewed above), women get surprisingly short shrift, given that the book is not merely about players. Nonetheless, this is highly recommended. Strong writing and large-format photos make Pepe's a keeper, too, while Fischer's is optional and Krantz's is recommended where demand warrants lots of Yankees books.

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617499128
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,268,066
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Scott Pitoniak has been named one of the top columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors and is the author of 10 books, including The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Buffalo Bills. Joe Torre is the former manager of the New York Yankees, where he won four World Series.

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