Whether you love the Yankees or loathe them, even the most casual baseball fan is well versed on the team’s nearly 100-year lineage of legends that span the decades from Ruth to DiMaggio to Mantle to Jeter.
Most every book on the Yankees, therefore, heralds the unparalleled winning tradition of the famed Bronx Bombers.
This is not that kind of book.
In Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls, authors Robert Dominguez and David Hinckley shine a light on the dark side of the team’s otherwise illustrious history.
In 50 lighthearted chapters, Bronx Bummers begins with the tale of the Yankees’ first colorful owners in 1903 — one was a former New York police chief widely considered the most corrupt cop in city history, the other was Manhattan's biggest owner of illegal gambling dens — and continues through the sordid exploits of some of the team’s earliest stars, including a slick-fielding first baseman run out of baseball for throwing games; a good-hitting pitcher who derailed his Hall of Fame-bound career with his brawling and boozing ways; and even the great Babe Ruth himself, who regularly led the league in HRs, RBIs and STDs.
And while most baseball teams have a history of bench-clearing brawls, Dominguez and Hinckley, veteran New York City tabloid reporters, chronicle how the Yankees hold the unofficial record for most fights between teammates — not to mention the most front-office blunders.
From the bad old days of the team’s origins as the Highlanders all the way to the Bronx Zoo years and beyond, Bronx Bummers divulges what really went on behind the boxscores of baseball's winningest franchise.
|Being a Yankee fan just the title alone caught my eye, knowing about some of the tales that probably would be in the book. I knew there had to be more. There are plus all of the ones that are famous the authors go into a little more detail account of the tales and tribulations. The last part of the book are field with some of the not so good memories of Luis Gonzales getting a blooper to win the 7th game of the World series against the Yankees, and of course I knew they would fit the collapse of 2004 the Yankees up 3 games to 0 and the Red Sox winning the next 4 and then the World Series. They go into the pine tar game, fights between players, and the fights the players had against other teams, and fights in nightclubs and bars and hotels. There is a lot of different kind of history even the story of the two players who swapped not only wife’s, but homes, pets, children everything. Worked out for one couple not the other ones. Of course they did not touch on anything really related to Mantle, for that you have to read a book about Mantel. Also Joe D. if there was anything not mention. Some of the cast of characters were all the same, Ruth, Martin, and Reggie. Would have liked it if they would have found something or mentioned something that really had not been written in the numerous books on the history of the Yankees. I will say though that they did go into more detail than some of the other books I have read, and they went as far back as the Hilltoppers, and Highlanders, the names before the Yankees so that was good. Overall a good book. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|