On the heels of the announcement last week by the New York Yankees that they were donating $500,000 to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, bestselling author Ray Negron has stepped up to the plate.
New York Yankees Community Advisor Ray Negron has agreed to donate all his November royalties from his new book “Yankee Miracles” also to the Red Cross to aid persons in need across the New York City-area.
Funds from the sales of “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers
” will be directed toward Sandy-ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island, where the storm hit the hardest.
Negron’s book 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.
“This is a small way that we can help Long Island and the huge Yankee supporters that live in New Jersey get their lives back together in this devastating situation,” Hank Steinbrenner, co-chairman of the Yankees, said. Steinbrenner wrote the Forward to Negron’s book.
“I love what the book ‘Yankee Miracles’ represents and we will use it to help heal those hard-working people my heart goes out to.”
Steinbrenner says he was haunted by the images he witnessed on his television set on Halloween weekend. The sight of homes being destroyed by floods and winds brought back memories of his father George Steinbrenner doing his part to help.
“This is what drove my father to assist others. When Hurricane Andrew struck, he would load up a truck with aid for the town of Homestead, Florida, which was hit pretty badly.”
After Sandy struck, Steinbrenner, who resides in Tampa, Fla., called Negron, who lives in Babylon on Long Island, to check on his safety, and Negron offered to donate the November royalties from Ray’s top-selling book.
Negron’s book hit Amazon’s bestseller list soon after its release on Sept. 3, reaching No. 1 in the Sports & Outdoors — Baseball category.
Hollywood megastar Richard Gere has met with Negron and there has been talk he is interested in directing the big-screen version of the book.
“Richard loves the spiritual aspect of the book and all the spirits that surround the stories,” Negron said.
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.
But instead of pressing charges, Steinbrenner made Negron a team 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 youths.
Negron tells of the legendary Yankees he befriended, including Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriquez.
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.”
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.
Now sales of “Yankee Miracles” will help families in the tri-state area that have been affected by Sandy’s destruction.
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