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American Jews & America’s Game: Book Review and Interview

June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! A while back, my friend Marty Appel, the renowned author of my favorite New York Yankees book, Pinstripe Empire, asked me to read a book called American Jews & America’s Game by Larry Ruttman and to review it. So first, here is my review of the book and then continue reading for the interview I […]

Driving Mr. Yogi

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the recently released book, Driving Mr. Yogi by Harvey Araton, the front seat is occupied ably by Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry, but the back seat is filled with the Pantheon of modern day Yankee heroes. Characteristically, George Steibrenner spills over into the front and tries to take the wheel. But Yogi Berra is too much […]

The Greatest Character of the Game: Casey Stengel’s Baseball

April 6, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

In its longstanding relationship with baseball, New York City has been home to four Major League teams: the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, and Mets. But the first man to wear all four uniforms and only one to do it while each team still resided in New York was Casey Stengel. Dubbed by sportswriters “The Professor” for […]

“Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain”

September 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In January 1977, shortly before resigning as Director of Public Relations for the New York Yankees, Marty Appel approached team captain Thurman Munson about collaborating on the catcher’s autobiography. Initially, Munson, who had recently been named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, was reluctant. “I’m only twenty-nine,” Munson said. “No one does an autobiography at […]