As a boy I spent most of my summers at my grandmother's beach house in Staten Island, mainly with my aunt and uncle (and two older sisters), who took over the house for the summer. Although he rarely went into the city, occasionally my uncle would snare a couple of tickets to a Yankees' game and off we'd go to see some of the greatest players of the era: Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, and Whitey Ford.
That was the start of my fascination with baseball, and with one of the greatest franchises in the major leagues. Fast forward several decades and I've revisited the team, but with a focus on how they started. It's a fascinating journey - from Baltimore to upper Manhattan to the Bronx - and I focus as much on the owners and managers as I do the early Yankee players.
Honors and Awards
Winner, SCBWI 2nd Annual Spark Award
Winner, Literary Classics "Best Book" Lumen Award
Honorable Mention, Chicago Writers Association Book Awards
I grew up a Yankee fan because my mom, a single mother, shipped my sisters and me to my grandmother's beach house on Staten Island for the summer. The beach house was in a gated community containing almost a hundred small beach cottages. In the summer my aunt and uncle took over the house (I rarely saw my grandmother; she was too busy tending to her real estate business in Jersey City). Uncle Fred, a rabid Yankees fan, occasionally would load us kids up in his yellow Chrysler Imperial and off we'd head to Yankee Stadium for a day at the ballpark. It was great fun.
If you want to read a concise history of the events leading up to the New York Yankees' franchise which moved from Baltimore at the turn of the century and bought by two corrupt owners, Bill Devery and Frank Farrell, this book would be a great introduction for the novice reader who is interested in learning about the shenanigans involved in trying to prevent another major league team from invading the hallowed ground of the lordly New York Giants. Bill Emberton, reviewer
Baseball fans are sure to enjoy this book which provides a historical view of baseball along with a more in-depth look into the founders of the Yankees, some of their key players, and the contributions they made to professional baseball. Literary Classics Book Reviews
Anyone interested in baseball or how a baseball team adjusted and rose to the top will love this absorbing book. The author takes us back to the early American League in Baltimore, the Yankees move to the Bron in New York, and how the influential club owners dealt with corruption and overcame myriads of problems. With the help of great players readers will enjoy the ervelation of little known facts about the Yankees' rise to win their first world title in 1923. This book is unique and well worth reading. B. Nelson, reviewer
I enjoyed reading this short but informative book. Readers who are looking for a more thorough dissertation of the early history of the New York Yankees should pass on this, but for those who were like me and just wanted to learn a little bit about that time in baseball history, this should be put on the list of books to be read. L. Smith, reviewer