Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers

Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers

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by Ray Negron, Sally Cook
     
 

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If it was not all so true, you’d think it was a fairy tale. A seventeen-year-old from Queens spray paints graffiti on Yankee Stadium and gets nabbed by George Steinbrenner himself. Contrary to his gruff public image, the Boss—driven by a compassionate inner voice—reclaims the teen at a time when the Bronx is literally burning. Thus begins the

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If it was not all so true, you’d think it was a fairy tale. A seventeen-year-old from Queens spray paints graffiti on Yankee Stadium and gets nabbed by George Steinbrenner himself. Contrary to his gruff public image, the Boss—driven by a compassionate inner voice—reclaims the teen at a time when the Bronx is literally burning. Thus begins the unlikeliest of baseball stories, one in which Ray Negron is transformed from street kid to batboy and beyond. Befriending many of major league baseball’s greatest stars—Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Munson, Mantle, Catfish, A-Rod, Jeter, even Mrs. Lou Gehrig—Negron ultimately emerges as a dynamic community leader, dedicating his own life to helping the sick and rescuing generations of city kids from unfulfilled lives. Yankee Miracles is a book about the power of baseball to transform lives, about all those miracles on 161st Street we never knew were there.

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Publishers Weekly
On the afternoon of June 29, 1973, young Negron opened his can of spray paint and commenced to cover one of the walls of Yankee Stadium with graffiti. Suddenly, a car pulled up and out stepped a large man who grabbed Negron by the scruff of the neck. Negron soon found himself in a holding cell deep inside the offices of the stadium, worried and waiting to discover his fate. When the man who grabbed him returned, he introduced himself as George Steinbrenner. Rather than pressing charges against Negron, the Yankees’ owner gives the young boy a job as a batboy, and before long Negron is meeting all the players he’s followed and idolized for years. In this adulatory memoir, Negron, a community adviser for the Yankees, recalls his encounters with players and managers from Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez, Billy Murcer, and Thurman Munson. Negron recalls the time that Mantle, in the clubhouse to prepare for playing in an old-timers’ game, angrily lashed out at him for continually asking Mantle to sign baseballs; Negron cries openly in embarrassment and shame until Billy Martin smooths over the situation and teaches Negron in that moment to embrace mistakes and move on. Full of fondness and good memories, Negron’s affectionate memoir reveals that his love for the Yankees and his affection for Steinbrenner haven’t diminished over these many years. (Sept.)
New York Times
“[Ray Negron’s] affectionate ode to the team and its former owner is a welcome salve to the Yankees’ often self-inflicted bruises.”— Sam Roberts
Newsmax
“An exciting new book by a New York Yankees insider... offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss”—Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.... [A]uthor Ray Negron recounts an unlikely career in baseball that had a most unexpected beginning and reads like a modern day version of Angels with Dirty Faces.... Yankee Miracles features a series of heartwarming tales illustrating the power of baseball to transform lives.”— Jim Meyers
Kirkus Reviews
With the assistance of Cook (co-author: Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son, 1997, etc.), longtime New York Yankees employee Negron (One Last Time: Good-bye to Yankee Stadium, 2009, etc.) relates a series of heartwarming tales from his time with the storied franchise. The author, whose previous Yankee-related books have been aimed at children, here offers a biography that seems straight out of a 1930s movie. As a young troublemaker, he was caught spray-painting graffiti on Yankee Stadium by the team's new owner, George Steinbrenner. Hours later, he found himself in uniform, shagging flies from his heroes as a batboy, a job that would lead to a lifetime working in baseball. Negron's effort to show the kindhearted side of the notoriously prickly "Boss" permeates this touching book. He joined the Yankee organization shortly after Steinbrenner's purchase of the team, and he was there through the glory years of the 1970s, when the team included such icons as Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin. The author formed life-altering friendships with each of them, and he also features the triumphs and tragedies of other stars, including Mickey Mantle, Catfish Hunter, Dwight Gooden, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Each chapter recounts a "miracle" from the author's time with the team, and Negron provides ample insight into the real men behind the uniforms. Though he doesn't hold back from showing their flaws, the lenses through which he views them are heavily rose-colored. A treasure-trove for sentimental Yankees fans and a feel-good read for all baseball fans.
Bob Costas
“Much of sports can leave us skeptical if not cynical. But I defy anyone to read Ray Negron's remarkable story and not come away believing that there still can be genuine heart, soul, and even redemption in the games we watch and play.”
Booklist
“Hard as it is to recommend yet another book about the Yankees—especially this bouquet by a longtime employee—it’s just as hard not to be touched by Negron’s story …Even avowed Yankee haters will be warmed by stories of Alex Rodriguez’s outreach to a local youth baseball team, Derek Jeter’s private chat with a young cancer patient in a corner of the Yankees clubhouse, and the gruff but heartfelt kindness Munson would extend to teammates, opposing players, and the young Negron.”
Sam Roberts - New York Times
“[Ray Negron’s] affectionate ode to the team and its former owner is a welcome salve to the Yankees’ often self-inflicted bruises.”
New York Post
“Longtime Yankees advisor Negron's inside story of life with the team begins with what reads like an episode of Seinfeld.”
ReadKiddoRead.com
“The most storied team in baseball history has a few tales that even the most die-hard Yankees fans might not know… [An] inspiring story.”
Jim Meyers - Newsmax
“An exciting new book by a New York Yankees insider... offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss”—Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.... [A]uthor Ray Negron recounts an unlikely career in baseball that had a most unexpected beginning and reads like a modern day version of Angels with Dirty Faces.... Yankee Miracles features a series of heartwarming tales illustrating the power of baseball to transform lives.”
New York Daily News
“A compelling tale of redemption, of second chances, of unheralded gestures and of touching personal connections.”
New York Times - Sam Roberts
“[Ray Negron’s] affectionate ode to the team and its former owner is a welcome salve to the Yankees’ often self-inflicted bruises.”
Newsmax - Jim Meyers
“An exciting new book by a New York Yankees insider... offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called "The Boss"—Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.... [A]uthor Ray Negron recounts an unlikely career in baseball that had a most unexpected beginning and reads like a modern day version of Angels with Dirty Faces.... Yankee Miracles features a series of heartwarming tales illustrating the power of baseball to transform lives.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871404619
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/03/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Bob Costas
Much of sports can leave us skeptical if not cynical. But I defy anyone to read Ray Negron's remarkable story and not come away believing that there still can be genuine heart, soul, and even redemption in the games we watch and play.

Meet the Author

Ray Negron, a community advisor for the New York Yankees, is the author of three children’s books and the producer of an animated film.

Sally Cook, the author of two children’s books, is also the coauthor of Another Season, a New York Times bestseller.

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Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yankee Miracles is the greatest story that I have ever read dealing with a sports theme or backdrop. I can't believe how much I cried reading about the characters in these stories. I am only sorry that the book didn't have another four or five chapters because I really enjoyed everything about it and didn't want Yankee Miracles to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ray Negron lived every kid's dream. What kid wouldn't love to find themselves in the Yankee locker room as a batboy? In one day, he went from troubled street kid to protege of George M. Steinbrenner - The Boss. Was it a miracle? You bet. With the other option being taken to the police station and prosecuted by the Yankee owner, ending up as the batboy for the famous 1977 Yankees was nothing short of miraculous. And along the way to becoming a consultant for today's Yankees, The Boss taught Ray many lessons. He taught him to be proud of himself. And he taught him to be aware of others less fortunate and do what he could to help them. The Boss did a great many things for others without any fanfare or press coverage. He just did it. And he passed that lesson on to Ray. The Brett Gardner story is amazing. You cannot read it without smiling and crying at the same time. This is the perfect book for both adults and young adults. Parents, after you finish reading it, make sure your teenagers read it too. Then sit and talk to them about it. Ray passes along a lot of what The Boss taught him. You can pass it along to your kids, too. Help your kids make some Yankee miracles of their own.
MrLongIsland More than 1 year ago
The stories told in "Yankee Miracles" best explain why being a Yankees fan transcends merely following a baseball team. You also get a better understanding of how George Steinbrenner was able to take a moribund franchise that drew 11,000-plus fans to Opening Day in 1973 to the franchise behemoth it is now. Yankee success is more than just championships - it's about doing the right thing and taking care of the less fortunate. "Yankee Miracles" provides, from a true insider, a compassionate look at Steinbrenner, Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer, Derek Jeter and Reggie Jackson, et al, not as ball players but as human beings just trying to provide for their families and properly express their gratitude for the special gifts they were given. If you read the Brett Gardner story without tearing up than you better check your pulse, 'cause you're dead. As Ray says in the book, "When you put on the Yankee uniform, you become a Super Hero to these kids."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HenryBeemis More than 1 year ago
It's inspiring that Ray Negron took his chance and ran with it, and that George Steinbrenner gave chances to people who messed up. But some of the people Mr. Negron had to put up with are beyond belief. Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, and Alex Rodriguez shouldn't be wished on anyone. Good for you Mr. Negron. , You overcame a lot to be successful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ray Negron was only 17 and a starstruck Yankees fan when he was apprehended for painting graffiti on the walls of Yankee stadium.  George Steinbrenner made him work off the damages by beginning as a batboy and working his way up through the ranks to become the friend and confidante of some of the most famouse men associated with the team:  Billy Martin, Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson, to name a few.  Negron's love for the team comes across in Sally Cook's able prose.  Fans looking for baseball stories with heart that they won't find elsewhere will enjoy this insider look at the Yankees.
E_Flores More than 1 year ago
"Yankees Miracles" is an incredibly captivating book. The stories inside help give readers and fans a better insight to the Yankees greats we have all grown to know and love. It makes guys like Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, George Steinbrenner and so on and so forth seem human. Sometimes, as fans, we forget that there is more to these guys then what we see on the field or in the news. This book reminds us that they are still human.
Boruch_W More than 1 year ago
Being born and bred in Chicago, I always rooted for the Cubs and White Sox. I actually hated the Yankees as they were the ones winning all the trophies and snatching victory from everybody else...! Well I finally came to love the Yankees. Reading this book in all its riveting detail will lift you to be at the events mentioned in the book. At times you will be teary eyed and rooting for the triumphs. Certainly a page turner.