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The Yankee Way

By Paul Hagen /

randolph-theyankeewayIt’s probably fair to say that Willie Randolph has had a better baseball career than most people realize. As a player, he was part of seven teams that went to the postseason, including five pennant winners and three that won the World Series. He made six All-Star teams and was a Yankees co-captain for three seasons.

When Randolph retired, he ranked fifth in Major League history with 2,152 games played at second base. As a Yankees coach, he went to the postseason 10 straight years and added four more championship rings. Randolph became the first African-American manager in New York City when hired by the Mets in 2005. A year later, he led the team to a 97-win season, which is the last time the team appeared in the playoffs.

All of which gives “The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball” its authority. Randolph has produced a thoughtful volume that covers everything from growing up in the tough Brownsville section of Brooklyn to selecting an All-Star Yankees team from his playing and coaching time in that storied organization.

The title is a dead giveaway that Randolph focuses on his time in pinstripes. But there’s much more here.

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The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

Reviewed by Mark Newman of

In the fall of 1998, after the Yankees secured their 114th and final regular-season victory on the way to an eventual World Series sweep of San Diego and Major League Baseball’s last run of consecutive titles, Derek Jeter said: “It makes no difference what we did in the regular season.”

He distances himself from what’s already happened and looks toward the next, and ultimate, goal. That attitude has worked for him in the postseason and now he’s hoping it will work with off-the-field distractions as he tries to distance himself from Ian O’Connor’s unauthorized biography, “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter.”

The book is scheduled to be in bookstores on May 16, and although Jeter wants it made clear that he had “nothing to do with the book,” there are enough new stories and anecdotes to pique any fan’s interest. Read more

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56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

Reviewed by Ben Platt of

It’s hard to believe that it will be 70 years this summer that Joe DiMaggio set the baseball world on fire with his record 56-game hitting streak. Author Kostya Kennedy chronicles the streak and the complicated life of the Yankee Clipper in his book “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports,” which is in bookstores now.

“To me, [the streak] has been around forever,” said Kennedy, who is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. “It’s been a part of my baseball fan life. It harkens back to a different time and a different era. The streak seems like it has been ever-present.”

According to Kennedy, the streak is what defined DiMaggio and made him the revered baseball legend he is today. Read More

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Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball

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What you look for in a biography, particularly a biography of a controversial individual, is balance. And balance is precisely what you get in Bill Madden’s biography of George Steinbrenner, Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball.

The Yankees owner has been a man apart from his peers in many ways since he bought New York’s American League franchise in 1973. Steinbrenner has been adored by many Yankee partisans for his win-at-all-costs approach. And he has been detested by the ever-present legions of Yankee haters for some of the same reasons. More | Click Here To Buy Book

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