'Yankee Miracles' Reveals Real Steinbrenner and His Storied Franchise

Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 03:26 PM

By Jim Meyers

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An exciting new book by a New York Yankees insider, already hitting Amazon’s bestseller list, offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss” — Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

In “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers,” author Ray Negron recounts an unlikely career in baseball that had a most unexpected beginning and reads like a modern day version of “Angels with Dirty Faces.”

Negron was a 17-year-old Yankees fan from Queens when he was caught spray-painting graffiti on a Yankee Stadium wall by none other than Steinbrenner himself. George and a security guard dragged the teenager into the bowels of the stadium and stashed him in a holding pen.

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As the Yankee’s security team moved to call the NYPD, an inner voice told Steinbrenner not to bring them in.

Instead of turning him over to the police, Steinbrenner brought a frightened Negron to the Yankees clubhouse, gave him a pinstriped uniform, and put him to work as a batboy.

Thus began a journey that would take Negron from a trouble-making street kid to a Yankees executive who has dedicated his life to helping underprivileged kids.

Negron befriended legendary Yankees during the Bombers’ glory days of the 1970s, including Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin and Thurman Munson; later stars such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriquez; and even retired superstar Mickey Mantle. He eventually became a community leader for the Yankees, working with troubled youth.

“Yankee Miracles” features a series of heartwarming tales illustrating the power of baseball to transform lives.

Negron and co-author Sally Cook’s account features inside looks at Martin’s headline-making clashes with Jackson, a near-riot of fans at the stadium, the death of Steinbrenner, the Bombers’ World Series triumphs, and other highs and lows in Yankees history.

Still, it’s a funny book. The New York Post says it “reads like an episode of Seinfeld.”

And serious baseball aficionados love the Bronx tale. No less than Henry Kissinger said, "Fans will embrace ‘Yankee Miracles’ — full of fascinating personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes details.”

Hank Steinbrenner, George’s son, called the book “one of the most honest portrayals of my dad that I’ve seen.”

And Bob Costas of NBC Sports Network said: “I defy anyone to read Ray Negron’s remarkable story and not come away believing that there still can be genuine heart, soul, and even redemption in the games we watch and play.”

Negron previously published three children’s books with baseball themes, with proceeds going to charity.

As for “Yankee Miracles,” it’s a story about sports, life and redemption. As Yankee sage Yogi Berra put it: “You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to love ‘Yankee Miracles.’”

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