Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Billy, and George

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An inside look at one of baseball’s greatest teams, now with an exclusive chapter bringing it up to date.

“Baseball insiders are calling it the best front office book ever written about sports, and it’s a riot.” —Larry King, USA Today

“If you want to know what the Yankees were like before (and during) Billy Martin’s various turns at the helm, Now Pitching for the Yankees just might be the best place to start.” —Rob Neyer, ESPN.Com

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Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Billy, and George

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Overview

An inside look at one of baseball’s greatest teams, now with an exclusive chapter bringing it up to date.

“Baseball insiders are calling it the best front office book ever written about sports, and it’s a riot.” —Larry King, USA Today

“If you want to know what the Yankees were like before (and during) Billy Martin’s various turns at the helm, Now Pitching for the Yankees just might be the best place to start.” —Rob Neyer, ESPN.Com

“It’s different, it’s funny, and he knows his stuff.” —Tim McCarver, Fox Sports Announcer, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

Starting as a college student sorting Mickey Mantle’s fan mail and rising to become the youngest director of public relations in baseball history, Marty Appel offers a unique behind-the-scenes memoir of life with the New York Yankees from 1968-1977. Appel stood shoulder-to-shoulder with both the benchwarmers and the superstars of the past and present, from tempestuous owner George Steinbrenner to Hall of Famers like Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson. With a new chapter bringing the story up to date, as well as changes and milestones in the game he loves, Marty Appel paints a hilarious and poignant portrait of the Yankees.

“[Appel’s] love of baseball shines through here, and Yankee fans will lap up his humorous stories of Yankee greats and not-so-greats.” —Library Journal

“A poignant account of a fan turned public relations executive working for baseball’s most glamorized team.” —Baseball America

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Library Journal
Appel worked for many years in public relations for the Yankees. He also has authored or coauthored 15 books, including Slide, Kelly, Slide (Scarecrow, 1999), a well-received volume on a 19th-century baseball hero. His love of baseball shines through here, and Yankee fans will lap up his humorous stories of Yankee greats and not-so-greats. New York libraries should consider. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626811362
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Marty Appel
Marty Appel is widely acknowledged as the nation's leading historian on the New York Yankees. His time with the Yankees in public relations and television production stretched from 1968-1992, and is uniquely documented in his memoir, Now Pitching for the Yankees, named New York baseball book of the year by ESPN.com. A Brooklyn-born Yankees fan who has followed the team since 1955, he continues his association with the club, appearing frequently on Yankeeographies (YES Network), and Yankees.com (where he interviews former players), while writing for team publications. Appel is the author of 18 books including the acclaimed Yankees history Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, and Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain. He has won an Emmy award for a WPIX special on Billy Martin, a Casey Award (baseball book of the year) for Slide, Kelly, Slide (a biography of the 19th century star King Kelly), the Dick Young Award for long and meritorious service to baseball, the Dick Steinberg "Good Guy Award" from the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; serves as magazine historian for the Baseball Hall of Fame's "Memories and Dreams," is a columnist on vintage books for Sports Collectors Digest, and has also written books with Tom Seaver, Larry King, Bowie Kuhn, Lee MacPhail and umpire Eric Gregg. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and has two grown children.
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