Bronx Bummers - An Unofficial History of the New York Yankees' Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls

Bronx Bummers - An Unofficial History of the New York Yankees' Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls

by Robert Dominguez, David Hinckley


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Whether you love the Yankees or loathe them, even the most casual baseball fan is well versed on the team's nearly 100-year lineage of legends that span the decades from Ruth to DiMaggio to Mantle to Jeter.

Most every book on the Yankees, therefore, heralds the unparalleled winning tradition of the famed Bronx Bombers.

This is not that kind of book.

In Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees' Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls, authors Robert Dominguez and David Hinckley shine a light on the dark side of the team's otherwise illustrious history.

In 50 lighthearted chapters, Bronx Bummers begins with the tale of the Yankees' first colorful owners in 1903 - one was a former New York police chief widely considered the most corrupt cop in city history, the other was Manhattan's biggest owner of illegal gambling dens - and continues through the sordid exploits of some of the team's earliest stars, including a slick-fielding first baseman run out of baseball for throwing games; a good-hitting pitcher who derailed his Hall of Fame-bound career with his brawling and boozing ways; and even the great Babe Ruth himself, who regularly led the league in HRs, RBIs and STDs.

And while most baseball teams have a history of bench-clearing brawls, Dominguez and Hinckley, veteran New York City tabloid reporters, chronicle how the Yankees hold the unofficial record for most fights between teammates - not to mention the most front-office blunders.

From the bad old days of the team's origins as the Highlanders all the way to the Bronx Zoo years and beyond, Bronx Bummers divulges what really went on behind the boxscores of baseball's winningest franchise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626012752
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 547,267
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
The New York Yankees are one of the most recognized sports franchises in the world, with 27 championships and over 100 years of history. While most of that history is positive, there are some other stories of not-so-good moments and players for the team as well. Fifty of those not-so-great ones are the subject of this quick read authored by two veteran writers from the New York Daily News, Robert Dominguez and David Hinckley. The stories run the gamut from players who were caught doing illegal actions, clubhouse fights between Yankee teammates and acquisitions that didn’t work out so well for the Yankees. Each story is fairly short and told in a manner that the reader will shake his or her head in amazement as how someone can do something so stupid or think “How did that happen?” The book is a fast read as the writing style is one of easy reading and even some New York City attitude thrown in. At times, that feels a bit forced, but realizing that the writers are from that area, it only makes sense. Also, for those readers who may not like the subject team and are hoping for a book that bashes the Yankees, that isn’t the case. While many stories are here to highlight some stories that many wish were forgotten, the tone toward the team is that they are still a high-class organization – these are a just some bumps along the road. If a reader wants to learn more about a subject of one of the stories, such as Babe Ruth (yes, he had a few not-so-good moments as well), then he or she should search elsewhere. But readers who just want to enjoy a quick, humorous read will find this one worth the short time to read. I wish to thank Riverdale Avenue Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.