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 Bossdriven by a compassionate inner voicereclaims 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 starsBilly Martin, Reggie Jackson, Munson, Mantle, Catfish, A-Rod, Jeter, even Mrs. Lou GehrigNegron 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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About the Author
Sally Cook, the author of two children’s books, is also the coauthor of Another Season, a New York Times bestseller.
Table of Contents
Introduction Hank Steinbrenner xi
1 The Boss and the Batboy 3
2 The Legend of Billy the Kid and a Sister Named Adele 41
3 The Birth of Mr. October 95
4 Two Cheesies: What I Learned from Thurman Munson 123
5 Bobby Murcer: Because We Loved Him 147
6 Catfish Hunter: Thank You for Being a Friend 171
7 Alex Rodriguez: The Man in the Mirror 181
8 Another Bronx Tale: No Favors Between Friends 203
9 Brett Gardner and the Girl with the Yellow Bracelet 211
10 Last at Bat 219
Kay Negron Timeline 261
What People are Saying About This
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
"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.
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.