The Bronx's Yankee Stadium was designed to be the grandest, most impressive and intimidating sports arena ever. Over the years, the stadium's mystique and grandeur have been exponentially enhanced by championship boxing matches, professional and college football, Negro League games, papal visits, and the New York Yankees baseball club's iconic reputation as the gold standard of professional team sports. Yankee Stadium has also been a witness to the 20th-century development of the Bronx from a small suburb to a large urban borough, thus forging a special and complex relationship with its hometown.
From the day it opened in 1923 with Babe Ruth’s famous third-inning home run, Yankee Stadium has been, to baseball fans and New Yorkers alike, the ultimate sports icon. When “The House That Ruth Built” closes its doors at the end of the 2008 season, a remarkable era in baseball history will end. Renowned baseball historian Harvey Frommer’s Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of “The House That Ruth Built” chronicles the Stadium’s spectacular eighty-five-year journey, through priceless photographs, a decade-by-decade narrative, and vivid first-person reminiscences. This rich and compelling book offers a one-of-a-kind account that is sure to move and inspire every baseball fan.
Memories and Memorabilia from the House that Ruth built
Author: Thomas O'Connell
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
Category: Sports & Recreation
Timed for release with the grand opening of the New Yankee Stadium in 2009, this unique history is based on 30 years of interviews conducted by "Sports Collectors Digest" with iconic players, including Mantle, DiMaggio, Jeter, Giambi, and Berra. The stunning photos inside, featuring memorabilia, player cards, and team photos, capture the essence of the place where dreams are made and greats live forever.
At the end of the 2008 season, Yankee Stadium will be closing its doors, and in memory of this illustrious stadium, this tribute provide fans with hundreds of anecdotes about the iconic ballpark through the eyes of both those who performed there and the many others who were spectators. Stories shared by those who worked, played, rooted or cheered there, grace the pages of this memento, including Billy Crystal witnessing a monster home run by Mickey Mantle at his first game at Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1956; Bob Costas following the Yankees and his favorite player Mickey Mantle in the 1950s; Ernie Harwell calling both football and baseball games at Yankee Stadium; and Keith Olbermann going to games and chasing foul balls in the late 1960s. Filled with interesting facts and heartwarming stories, "Memories of Yankee Stadium" is a special gift for all of those who want to remember forever the beloved Yankee Stadium the way it was.
Celebrated film director Frank Capra was a central architect of the “feel good” movie genre now known as populism, which celebrates people, families, second chances, and other traditional American icons such as small town or pastoral life and baseball. Capra developed his own brand of populism by interweaving traditional values of the genre with a younger, more vulnerable hero starting with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in 1936. The result, Capraesque populism, has had a significant influence on American pop culture in general and forms a small but important subgenre of baseball movie. This book examines eight of these Capraesque baseball films, starting with the all-important Pride of the Yankees (1942), which one admiring critic has called “Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium.” An introduction provides an overview of baseball and populism. Individual chapters are devoted to the populist legacy from Will Rogers (Capra’s mentor) to Capra, The Pride of the Yankees, The Stratton Story, Angels in the Outfield, The Natural, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Frequency and The Rookie.
After being invited to watch a game at Yankee Stadium in one of the luxury suites, the baseball geeks find themselves bringing good luck to the Yankeesàwell sort of, but will they be able to get out of New York before their luck runs out, or will they end up getting people hurtàlike themselves?
"As a life-long Dodger fan, I found "My Life In Yankee Stadium" a great read. It is funny, heartwarming, and a great look at baseball from the guy selling refreshments. You will love this book!!" -Larry King "If you think you know everything about the Yankees, this is the last frontier. Stewart J. Zully entertainingly unveils all that goes on behind the scenes, getting peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack to hungry Yankee Stadium customers. It's a profession as old as baseball, of which we knew little unless we worked there. Now, we know it all." -Marty Appel, New York Yankees public relations 1968-77, author of Pinstripe Empire, Munson, and Casey Stengel. "My Life in Yankee Stadium" is a collection of stories and anecdotes from a vendor who started working at Yankee Stadium in 1970. Beginning at the age of fifteen tossing peanuts at a New York Giants football game, Stewart J. Zully vended at more than 2500 events, including playoff and World Series games, no-hitters, a Muhammad Ali heavyweight fight, a visit from the Pope, and, of course, the legendary Red Sox-Yankee rivalry. Here is a personal look at a vendor's life straight from the basement of the stadium to his other life in show business. Ironically, a commercial he appeared in won an Emmy and triggered a long-lost romance with a former stadium employee, whom he hadn't seen in twenty-four years. She is now his wife. "My Life in Yankee Stadium" contains unusual encounters with James Gandolfini, Jack Nicholson, Mel Brooks, and many others, whether on a movie set or in the stands at the ballpark. The quirky vendors, the bizarre assortment of fans, and the character of New York City itself all come alive as Zully gives the unique perspective that only an insider has. Filled with exclusive photos, "My Life in Yankee Stadium" is a look at New York from the sixties to the present day, taking readers behind the scenes at the most famous stadium in all of sports.