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Yankees By the Numbers is a book dedicated to giving you the history behind the pinstriped men who wore each and every uniform number, beginning in 1929. Bill Gutman wrote this book, who is a freelance author of more than 200 books for both children and adults including It’s Outta Here! The History of the Home Run from Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds and Parcells: A Biography.
The story of the world’s most popular baseball team as told through a history of its uniform numbers. What do Mark Koenig, Red Rolfe, Frank Crosetti, Sandy Alomar, Bobby Murcer, Wayne Tolleson, and Derek Jeter all have in common? They all wore #2 for the New York Yankees, even though nearly eight decades have passed between the first time Koenig buttoned up a Yankee uniform with that number and the last time Jeter performed the same routine.
Since 1929, the Yankees have issued 73 different numbers to more than 1,500 players. The fun facts and information Gutman provides behind each number is really amazing. Yankees By The Numbers is both a reference tool as well as a historical guide. It’s an essential book for any fan’s bookshelf.

The book was plublished by Skyhorse Publishing (March 16, 2010), and is 432 pages long. I suggest you guys pick it up.

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Summers in the Bronx by Ira Berkow: Book Cover

Ira Berkow, the American Pulitzer Prize-winning sports reporter and columnist for the New York Times has come out with a new book called “Summers in the Bronx: Attila the Hun and Other Yankee Stories.”

The former New York Times columnist captures the history of this great franchise, as he shares his collection of opinions and stories. The memories of Ruth and DiMaggio to reflections on Derek Jeter and the 27th WS title. The book also explores George Steinbrenner, Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel and many others. Berkow wants readers to get some new insight into the older Yankees with this book.

The book is being published by Triumph Books and is in bookstores now. I’ll be sure to pick one up soon. Go ahead and buy it.


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Barry Halper was the owner of the most extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. Not only that, but he owned about 1 percent of the New York Yankees, and stood as a limited partner since the 1970’s.

He began collecting autographs as an 8-year-old hanging around the Yankees’ minor league ballpark in Newark. He went on to assemble the nation’s most acclaimed private collection of baseball memorabilia. His collection was thought of as the finest, and it amassed some 80,000 items.

His collection was displayed in the basement of his former home in Livingston. When you would ring the front doorbell of his home, you would hear a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” His basement was like a small museum, including a hidden switch to a swing open panel, behind which were some of his game-worn jerseys of famous players. Many items from his collection have since turned out to have been stolen and the FBI has launched an investigation.

In November 1998, the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office purchased about 20 percent of his collection, then donated the items to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  In September 1999, Mr. Halper sold the bulk of his collection at a widely publicized Sotheby’s auction (“The greatest private collection of baseball memorabilia ever assembled-the Barry Halper Collection” or the “World Series of Sports Auctions”) in New York for a record-breaking $21.8 million.

Following the Sotheby’s auction, Halper remarked:

“It makes me feel so proud that my collection will be carried on by everyone who participated in the past week’s sale. I am also glad that the Hall of Fame has part of my collection where it will reside in perpetuity.”

Sotheby’s released a three-volume book, The Barry Halper Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, that included over 1,500 color photographs of the collection, giving history for many of the items, details about Halper’s collection through the years, and a history of baseball.

“This is a collection of holy icons and sacred documents, amassed by one of the game’s high priests. This is no mere ‘baseball memorabilia.’ It is baseball’s heritage.” -Peter Golenbock

Faced with declining health, Mr. Halper sold off his baseball collection to make orderly payments of estate taxes. Barry Halper died at the age of 66, in 2005 due to complications from long-standing health issues. The cause was complications of diabetes, said his son Jason. He left us much too soon.


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Yankees PR man, Marty Appel, is handling the publicity for this book and he wanted me to share it with my readers. It’s called: Perfect: Don Larsen’s Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen by Lew Paper. 

Press Release:

In the 105-year history of the Major League Baseball World Series, 606 games have been played, with 1, 212 starting pitchers. Of those, 218 have pitched for 9 innings or more. Only one World Series pitcher has gone nine full innings and retired 27 batters with zero hits and zero runs. That pitcher is New York Yankee Don Larsen, and his incredible feat on a warm October afternoon was the “greatest moment” in World Series history according to The New York Times.

PERFECT is the amazing inning-by-inning breakdown of Game 5 of the 1956 World Series where the New York Yankees were pitted against perennial rivals the Brooklyn Dodgers. There hadn’t even been a regular season perfect game in 34 years. These are the stories of the 19 people who had the best seats in the house that October day – the 19 players who actually appeared in the game. Author Lew Paper spent six years researching and interviewing players, managers, reporters, and families of those legendary players who took part in the historic match-up.

In a remarkable telling of both the game, and of these players’ stories, author Lew Paper has created a unique contribution to baseball literature, and the story of baseball in mid-20th century. Some were famous, some obscure, but all were together in Yankee Stadium on that one day to witness and take part in history. PERFECT also provides another perspective into some of the most explosive issues that continue to prompt debate among baseball fans, such as then St. Louis Cardinal Enos Slaughter’s slide into and spiking of Jackie Robinson and whether it was intentional or an accident.

From racial and ethnic discrimination to less than ideal traveling conditions, small salaries that required players to have jobs in the off season, and the broken marriages that resulted from careers and lives spent on the road. PERFECT is an affecting and meticulously researched celebration of the players who witnessed and contributed to the only perfect game in World Series history.

The “Greatest Game” Through the Greatest Perspective…

“This gem of a story brilliantly recreates one of the greatest moments in baseball history by interweaving the intense drama of the game with superb portraits of key players… Perfect captures our hearts as it carries us back to the golden age of baseball and the more innocent world of the 1950’s.”

—Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of Wait Till Next Year (more…)

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