Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, when Yankee stadium opened, the New York Yankees have been baseball’s most successful, decorated, and colorful franchise. Home to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, Jackson, and Mattingly; and later Torre, Jeter, Rivera, and Rodriguez, the team has been a fixture in our national consciousness.
Yet it’s been nearly 70 years since Frank Graham wrote the last narrative history of the team. Marty Appel, the Yankees’ PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in all its century-plus of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; and, of course, 27 championships. Appel heard war stories from old-timers like Mantle, Berra, and Casey Stengel, and has remained close to the organization ever since. A collector, writer, and raconteur, he gives life to the team’s history, from the muddy, uneven field at Hilltop Park in the 1900s to the evolution of today’s team as an international brand. Loaded with over a century’s worth of great stories and folklore, this is a treasure trove for lovers of sports, the Yankees, New York history, and America’s game.
Really enjoyed this book. The history of the New York Yankees is long, turbulent and incredible successful, and Mr. Appel nailed it.
Well done, sir.
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If you want to learn everything about Yankee history in the most entertaining, accurate, and chronological way, you've come to the right place
Well-researched and presentef, this book is a must for Yankee and MLB Fans. I was admittedly disappointed in a lack of good Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson v. Billy Martin tales. Being a lifelong Reds fan, I would have liked hearing more on the 1976 World Series. More work on individual stories could have pushed this to 28-30 hours, and I wouldn't have minded it a bit. Still, I found this great effort well worth the listen and fond remembrance of a legendary MLB organization. The Yankees will always be a favorite to me!
Ever since I saw "Pride of the Yankees" as a young kid, I was in awe of the Yankees. Gehrig, Babe, DiMaggio, Mantle... such legends that you only knew in writing. But then to witness Bernie, Mo, Georgie, Paulie and, of course, Jeter... this team is truly special. Pinstripe Empire gives the whole story. The performance really draws you into the history and the author really cares in giving you the whole story, from its beginnings at Hilltop Park. No wonder this is one of the greatest sports franchise in history. Highly recommended for the baseball historian nut and any Yankees fan.