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When Shea Was Home


Baseball stadiums are a funny business.  In the last few years we have opened the remainder of the publicly funded monsters that are basically welfare projects for the mega rich owners. Convincing the fan base that it is a good idea to fund the building of these monsters through tax dollars, all in the name of civic pride.  Everyone that has wanted a new stadium has gotten one in the last 25 years, we are even starting to see some of these stadiums become outdated and cries for replacements are starting.  These stadiums are all one dimensional and other uses of these parks is very limited.  It makes one look back and see how useful the last generation of stadiums truly were.  Baseball, Football, Concerts, Monster Truck Rallies or almost anything you could imagine would happen there.   In today’s game almost everyone has their individual dedicated to one type of event stadium. But what about that one glorious year when one stadium housed two Baseball teams and two Football teams.  Rarely a day went by when something wasn’t going on.  Today’s book looks at that one unique and busy year.

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By Brett Topel-2016

Shea Stadium was the lucky recipient of all this attention in 1975.  The obvious home of the New York Mets, but also temporary home to the New York Yankees during the remodeling of Yankee Stadium.  It also housed the New York Giants and the Jets while construction of the Meadowlands was  wrapping up.  It made for scheduling nightmares and helped create an atmosphere within Shea that was hard to beat.

Brett Topel’s new book takes a look at that busy season and gives a solid background on each of the teams that called Shea home.  He shows the reader how each of the tenants agreements came to be with the city owned stadium and how the legalities of it all threw a few wrenches into the works.

Topel, through interviews with the men who were on the field in 1975 explain what the vibe was like that year.  How the Yankees felt playing on enemy territory across town from their beloved stadium and having to call Shea home.  It had to be a very interesting mind set for the players since the dimensions were so different between the two stadiums.  It also shows how the transplant to Shea Stadium effected the Yankees fans and their attendance.

The book covers both the Baseball and Football teams that called Shea stadium home in 1975, but it is much more centered on the baseball side of the stadium activities.  More than likely because in a given year with two teams calling Shea home you would have 162 baseball games that would be considered home games versus the 16 home games for Football on Sundays.  It shows how utilitarian these multi purpose stadiums really were.  They were treated like a jack of all trades, instead of todays specialized delicate little flowers that are sparingly used for only one activity.  I find it amazing that these new sport palaces are starting to have a shorter life span than the older and more widely used multi purpose stadiums.

If you are a fan of New York sports you should check this one out.  It shows a very unique situation in an interesting time period of sports league growth.  A situation like this we will never see again and for good reason.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Sports Publishing

When Shea Was Home

Happy Reading

Gregg

 

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Yankee Doodles – Inside the Locker Room with Mickey, Yogi, Reggie and Derek


When you do the same job for several decades it can get stale.  You get to the point that nothing new ever really happens and you just start phoning in your job.  You do the bare minimum just to skate by until you wind up retiring.  Now this is true for most of us, but if you are lucky enough to have a job that no two days are ever the same, it’s totally different.  You can’t wait to get to work and enjoy all the ups and downs of your job.  Now most of us obviously fall into the former description, but if you are the New York Yankees beat writer like Phil Pepe was for several decades, you have a ton of great stories filed away in the memory bank just waiting to be shared.  Todays book does just that.

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By:Phil Pepe-2015

This would probably be a dream job to most Yankee fans.  Following the team day in and day out, mingling among the legends and almost becoming an extension of the team itself.  While I am sure it is not a walk in the park every single day, I can think of a few professions that this would highly rank above.

Phil Pepe takes the reader on a journey with this book through several decades of Yankee stories.  It is personal, first hand interactions with the team and stories he has witnessed in his years covering the team.  He takes us from Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio all the way up through Derek Jeter.  In between those two icons the book is filled with stories about other Yankee legends that donned the pinstripes while he was their beat writer.  If you look at it from a historical standpoint this was a great time to be covering the team, because the baseball history he has witnessed is amazing.

This is a typical Pepe book in the style in which it is written.  I have always found his books to be engaging and able to pull the reader into the story and make them feel like they were there as well.  Phil Pepe has a real knack for getting the reader into a story and holding onto them until the very end.  Perhaps I am a little biased because the other books he has written have ranked up there among my favorites.  I am not sure if this was Pepe’s swan song for his distinguished career, but if it was he goes out on the top of his field.  He shows his skill and dedication to his craft and does not use it as any sort of retribution towards people in the stories he tells.  He tells stories that the everyday fan would never have known about if not told in this book. I found these stories in no way to be malicious or scandalous in any way, it was just more of a fun reflection on his career covering the Yankees.

Baseball fans and Yankee fans especially will enjoy this one.  Its just a lot of fun stories from a raunchy locker room that is not always visible to the public.  Readers should give this one a shot, I don’t think they will be dissapointed.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Sports Publishing

http://www.sportspubbooks.com/book/?gcoi=58261109512610

Happy Reading

Gregg