The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball

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Legendary New York Yankee Willie Randolph tells the story of his life playing and coaching for the most storied professional sports franchise in the world, detailing his career on and off the field with some of baseball biggest stars.

In his long-awaited memoir, Willie Randolph shares stories from life in New York Yankee pinstripes, opening up about the team that raised him and the city that molded him.

For over thirty years, Randolph has been ...

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Overview

Legendary New York Yankee Willie Randolph tells the story of his life playing and coaching for the most storied professional sports franchise in the world, detailing his career on and off the field with some of baseball biggest stars.

In his long-awaited memoir, Willie Randolph shares stories from life in New York Yankee pinstripes, opening up about the team that raised him and the city that molded him.

For over thirty years, Randolph has been a part of Yankee lore and mythology. From the best seat in the stadium he has witnessed the greats, from Reggie Jackson to Don Mattingly to Derek Jeter; larger-than-life managers, including Billy Martin and Joe Torre; and of course The Boss himself. Randolph offers truly unique, firsthand insight into some of the greatest players to ever play the game and the greatest teams ever to call the Bronx their home.

But though Randolph is a Yankee, he is first and foremost a quintessential New Yorker. Brooklyn born and raised, he shares memories of his rise from the projects to the house that Ruth built. Along the way he discusses, his triumphs and struggles on the field and in the dugout, as well as his time spent as manager of the Yankees’ crosstown rivals, the Mets.

As fascinating and thoughtful as Randolph himself, filled with sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, The Yankee Way is a moving portrait of a legendary team, a unique city, and a remarkable man.

 With 16 pages of black & white photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/03/2014
Randolph played Major League Baseball for six teams, but here the former second baseman choses to focus on his time spent with the New York Yankees. Raised in New York City and a member of the Yankees' so-called "Bronx Zoo" teams in the late Seventies (winning two World Series), Randolph went on to coach third base for the Yankees (collecting four more rings) before eventually becoming the first African-American manager of the Mets. A likable guy who doesn't dish dirt, even when recounting his experiences with self-centered slugger Reggie Jackson and mean-spirited pitcher Roger Clemens, Randolph takes a semi-chronological approach. The book is crammed with fond memories of Thurman Munson, Goose Gossage, and even Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner. Randolph glosses over his time spent on other teams, rails against steroid abuse, and spends the final third of the book discussing his "All-Willie Team" — chosen from Yankees who played from 1976-88 and 1994-2004. He also devotes entire chapters to recently retired shortstop Derek Jeter and pitcher Mariano Rivera. While these excursions entertain, readers are left wondering whether Randolph — who's always led a quiet off-field life — ran out of story to tell. (May)
Library Journal
06/15/2014
Randolph (b. 1954), while a speedy, slick-fielding, steadily slap-hitting, six-time All-Star second baseman, is not a member of the Hall of Fame. It is his contention, however, that through his 13 years playing for and 11 years coaching the New York Yankees and slightly more than three years managing the New York Mets, he has been associated with as many Hall of Famers as any player in the history of the game. Thus this is a somewhat unusual baseball memoir in that Randolph shares the spotlight with such notables as George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin, upon both of whom he sheds some contrarian insights; Thurman Munson; Reggie Jackson; Don Mattingly; Roger Clemons; Graig Nettles; Derek Jeter; Alex Rodriguez; Mariano Rivera, and many more. Unusual, too, for this kind of sports account in our era, he does not spend a great deal of time "dishing" on fellow players and grinding axes from long in the past. VERDICT Something of a throwback sports autobiography, this pleasant read will be of special interest to fans of Yankees teams of the latter 1970s to early 2000s.—Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL
New York Times
Provides revealing insights into the prowess and personality of colleagues…on and off the field in the 1970s and beyond (you need a scorecard), and recalls his upbringing in Brooklyn...This crisp and perky account is peppered with anecdotes.
Los Angeles Times
Yankees veteran Willie Randolph shares his stories of the field and dugout, with firsthand insights and a native New Yorker’s love of the city and the game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061450778
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 223,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Willie Randolph

Willie Randolph spent thirteen years as a second baseman with the New York Yankees, from 1976 to 1988, during which he served as cocaptain from 1986 to 1988, was selected for six All-Star teams, and won two World Series Championships. Randolph went on to coach the Yankees for eleven seasons, leading the team to four World Championships. In 2005, Randolph joined the Mets, becoming the first African American manager in New York City baseball history. He lives in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    oscar

    Old time Yankee fans will like this book Organization and continuity are lacking but stories and insights to various personalities will keep you entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    great read

    Willie Randolph tells a good story about his life in baseball. He also talks about things that happened during his playing days and coaching days that I never knew.

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