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

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From a dusty diamond in Brooklyn to the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium, Willie Randolph has always loved the game of baseball, and over the course of his storied career, he has amassed a remarkable list of accomplishments—All-Star second baseman, World Series champion, manager—but, above all, he has been a Yankee. For almost thirty years, Randolph was a part of Yankee lore and mythology, whether playing with the legends Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson and witnessing the infamous Bronx Zoo at its rowdiest, ...

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Overview

From a dusty diamond in Brooklyn to the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium, Willie Randolph has always loved the game of baseball, and over the course of his storied career, he has amassed a remarkable list of accomplishments—All-Star second baseman, World Series champion, manager—but, above all, he has been a Yankee. For almost thirty years, Randolph was a part of Yankee lore and mythology, whether playing with the legends Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson and witnessing the infamous Bronx Zoo at its rowdiest, or coaching as the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada rose to fame and ushered in a new era of Yankee dominance.

In his long-awaited memoir, Willie Randolph shares stories from his life in pinstripes, opening up about the team that raised him and the city that molded him. With unparalleled perspective into three generations of team history, the former Yankee captain offers fresh, firsthand insight into some of the greatest players to ever play the game and the greatest teams ever to call the Bronx their home. From Don Mattingly to Bernie Williams, Goose Gossage to Mariano Rivera, and Billy Martin to Joe Torre, Randolph presents a view of baseball history from the inside, describing how teams became dynasties and managers became legends—all in the shadow of the man who brought them together, the Boss, George Steinbrenner.

But though Randolph is a Yankee through and through, he is first and foremost a quintessential New Yorker. Brooklyn raised and groomed, he shares memories of a rise that could only happen in the Big Apple—from the projects of East New York to the house that Ruth built. Along the way, he discusses his triumphs and struggles on and off the field, as well as his time spent as manager of the Mets.

As fascinating and thoughtful as Randolph himself, The Yankee Way is a moving portrait of a legendary team, a unique city, and a remarkable man.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061450778
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 112,363
  • 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 co-captain 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 and going on to be the first manager in major league history to improve his team's record by at least twelve games in each season. In November 2012, it was announced that Randolph would be the third-base coach in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA. 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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