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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“You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to love Yankee Miracles.”—Yogi BerraSee more details below

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“You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to love Yankee Miracles.”—Yogi Berra

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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 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
New York Post
“Longtime Yankees advisor Negron's inside story of life with the team begins with what reads like an episode of Seinfeld.”
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
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.”
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.
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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871404619
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/03/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
598,041
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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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