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October Twelve

October Twelve

by Phil Rizzuto, Tom Horton

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Wes Lukowsky
In an unparalleled streak, the New York Yankees won five World Series in a row, from 1949 through 1953. Only 12 players were on all five winners, and current Yankee broadcaster Phil ("Scooter") Rizzuto was one of them. With the help of coauthor Horton, he tries to impart a sense of the camaraderie among the 12 and how the import of what they accomplished has colored their lives. He's only marginally successful. Early on, Rizzuto reveals his dislike and disrespect for manager Casey Stengel, who, years before while managing Brooklyn, had rudely dismissed a young Rizzuto from a tryout. It was a wound that festers yet today, and it sets a surly tone for the book. Rizzuto also fails to provide thorough profiles of the other 11 players--too much Scooter, not enough Gene Woodling. On the positive side, he does offer a few fresh anecdotes, and his best buddy, Hall of Famer Yogi Berra--one of the 12--supplies some humor. Expect interest in a book that's not bad but could have been much better.

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