Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers

Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers

by Ray Negron, Sally Cook


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“You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to love Yankee Miracles.”—Yogi Berra

If it was not all so true, you’d think it was a fairy tale. A seventeen-year-old from Queens spray paints graffiti on Yankee Stadium and gets nabbed by George Steinbrenner himself. Contrary to his gruff public image, the Boss—driven by a compassionate inner voice—reclaims the teen at a time when the Bronx is literally burning. Thus begins the unlikeliest of baseball stories, one in which Ray Negron is transformed from street kid to batboy and beyond. Befriending many of major league baseball’s greatest stars—Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Munson, Mantle, Catfish, A-Rod, Jeter, even Mrs. Lou Gehrig—Negron ultimately emerges as a dynamic community leader, dedicating his own life to helping the sick and rescuing generations of city kids from unfulfilled lives. Yankee Miracles is a book about the power of baseball to transform lives, about all those miracles on 161st Street we never knew were there.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871406866
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 09/09/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 376,762
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.58(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Ray Negron, a community advisor for the New York Yankees, is the author of three children’s books and the producer of an animated film.

Sally Cook, the author of two children’s books, is also the coauthor of Another Season, a New York Times bestseller.

Table of Contents

Introduction Hank Steinbrenner xi

Prologue 1

1 The Boss and the Batboy 3

2 The Legend of Billy the Kid and a Sister Named Adele 41

3 The Birth of Mr. October 95

4 Two Cheesies: What I Learned from Thurman Munson 123

5 Bobby Murcer: Because We Loved Him 147

6 Catfish Hunter: Thank You for Being a Friend 171

7 Alex Rodriguez: The Man in the Mirror 181

8 Another Bronx Tale: No Favors Between Friends 203

9 Brett Gardner and the Girl with the Yellow Bracelet 211

10 Last at Bat 219

Epilogue 233

Acknowledgments 255

Kay Negron Timeline 261

Index 263

What People are Saying About This

Bob Costas

Much of sports can leave us skeptical if not cynical. But 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.

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