Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team

Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team

by Rob Fleder


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Winners of twenty-seven World Series titles, the New York Yankees are the quintessential sports dynasty. Love them or hate them, they cannot be ignored by anyone who professes to be a fan of the great game of baseball.

With Damn Yankees, Rob Fleder, former Executive Editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, offers a timeless collection of original essays by some of the most prominent contemporary writers in America—from Pete Dexter to Jane Leavy, from Roy Blount Jr. to Colum McCann—each piece focusing on one uniquely colorful subject: the fanatically adored/resoundingly despised “Bronx Bombers.”

Funny, moving, provocative, insightful appreciations and detractions—from Babe Ruth to Mickey Mantle to Derek Jeter—Damn Yankees offers twenty-four fascinating takes on the most storied franchise of baseball’s Major Leagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062059635
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. At SI Books he edited Sports Illustrated 50: The Anniversary Book; SI: The Baseball Book; SI: The Football Book; and Hate Mail From Cheerleaders: The Best of Rick Reilly, among other New York Times bestsellers. He was also the editor of Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team. He is currently editing books and consulting on publishing projects for his company, Low Gear & Minus, Inc. He lives in Westchester, New York.

Steve Hoffman is a founding partner of the HoffmanNoli Design Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Their clients have included Time Inc., Sports Illustrated, Veranda, Brides, Lucky, Condé Nast, Workman Books, Random House and O, The Oprah Magazine. Before founding HoffmanNoli Design, Steve was the creative director of Sports Illustrated for more than twenty years. He has designed more than thirty books for the SI imprint and other clients.

Table of Contents

Introduction Rob Fleder 1


1 "I Have Feelings for the Yankees" Roy Blount Jr 9

2 Street Heart Sally Jenkins 20

3 Take Me Out to the Oedipal Complex Bruce McCall 25

4 The Errors of Our Ways Pete Dexter 32

5 True North Charles P. Pierce 50


6 Gone Fishin' Michael Paterniti 59

7 The Queens Speech Nathaniel Rich 65

8 The Latin King Steve Wulf 79

9 The Oldest Living Yankee J. R. Moehringer 88

10 Billion-Dollar Baby James Surowiecki 98

11 Media Babe Leigh Montville 106


12 A Baltimore Chop Frank DeFord 121

13 An Innocent Abroad Will Leitch 124

14 Sully and the Mick Jane Leavy 132

15 The Deal of the Century Daniel Okrent 146

16 Death by Baseball Richard Hoffer 151

17 One True Pitch Rick Telander 160


18 The Long Way Home Colum McCann 175

19 Day of the Locust William Nack 181

20 My Season's Better Than Your Season Bill James 191

21 The Dog Days Dan Barry 208

22 A Bad Case of the Yankees Roger Director 216

23 Captain America Tom Verducci 222

24 Yankee Mortals Steve Rushin 234

Yankees by the Numbers

Hitting 243

Pitching 251

Honors, Awards, and Titles 262

Sabremetrics 270

Baserunning and Fielding 272

Managers, Owners, and Stadiums 277

Acknowledgments 283

The Contributors 286

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