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Where have all our Yankees gone? : past the pinstripes
Jensen, Brian.
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Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub. ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by National Book Network, [2004]

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xiv, 300 pages ; 24 cm
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A revealing ride with a diverse collection of former New York Yankee players and the life stories that followed their baseball playing careers.

Author Notes

Brian Jensen is an Emmy and Katie Award-winning television and radio sports anchor and broadcaster with almost twenty-five years of experience in the sports media business. He is the director of communications for Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc., and is the play-by-play voice of Texas Tech football

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Booklist Review

Like VH1 tracking down all those old rock singers,ensen has sought out dozens of former New York Yankee baseball players, reminding us that 1,300 men have worn the Yankee pinstripes and about a third of them are still alive. A few pages for each suffice, with baseball highlights merging with a here's-what-I'm-doing-now recap.esse Barfield designs furniture and has 28 patents. Ed Figueroa welcomes old teammates in two sports bars in Puerto Rico. Ryne Duren, Eli Grba, and countless others dried out. Big Cliffohnson, holder of the major-league record for pinch-hit homers, runs a ranch. Steve Sax holds two martial arts black belts, and Tommy Tresh invented a machine to teach people how to slide correctly into a base. Don't read this for the writing or the style, but if you're a Yankee fan, there's a certain pleasure in finding out how all these guys are spending their days. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

More than 30 years ago, Roger Kahn's bittersweet remembrance of his 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers heroes, The Boys of Summer, spawned an entire genre of sentimental, where-are-they-now baseball books. Jensen?s contribution to the lot updates readers on 56 men who wore the legendary pinstriped uniform of the Bronx Bombers. Every baseball fan knows about Mickey Mantle's battle with alcohol, Yogi Berra's feud and reconciliation with George Steinbrenner and the long campaign to get Phil Rizzuto enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Jensen?who heckled Yankees megastars such as Reggie Jackson as a boy growing up in Texas?wisely avoids such well-worn turf, and instead focuses on the bench-warmers and journeymen who filled out the rosters of the good Yankee squads and the mediocrities who populated the bad ones. Horace Clarke, Ron Davis, Ed Figueroa, Ray Fontenot, Xavier Hernandez, Jimmy Jones, Roger Repoz and Thad Tillotson are hardly household names, but they all will be familiar to dedicated fans; and with such an obscure cast of characters, there are enough oddball facts in Jensen's pages to fill many a rain delay and fuel endless barroom conversations. Who knew, for instance, that former rightfielder Jesse Barfield is a professional draftsman and furniture designer who holds 28 U.S. patents? Or that ex-infielder Andre Robertson is a supervisor in a chemical plant? There are poignant moments, too, as players discuss teammates who are no longer around. Jensen?s prose isn?t quite up to snuff however; chapters are thick with cliches about heroism and the tribulations of life after the game. He also quotes ex-players at length, whether they have something interesting to say anything or not. Still, if you're a true Yankees geek?and there are plenty out there?you will feast on the information in this Who's Who of half-remembered (and in some cases best-forgotten) players. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Yes, there is life after playing for the Yankees. Over 50 former pinstripe-wearers describe their later careers in interviews with sportswriter Jensen (Where Have All Our Cowboys Gone?). Except for a few stars like Bob Turleu, Moose Skowron, and Ralph Houk, most of the ex-Yanks were journeymen, and some lasted only one or two years. The vets were largely successful in post-Yankee life-e.g., Bobby Brown, a former American League president and now a doctor, and Larry Coleman, who has had success in both broadcasting and the shirt business. Others have battled illness and drug addiction and even done time in prison. Most appealing are memorials to Mickey Mantle and Joe Ostrowski by their wives. Especially for libraries in Yankeeland but useful in fuller collections.-Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Jim Abbott, P 1993-94: Hesitant Herop. 9
Jesse Barfield, OF 1989-92: A Patent Performancep. 15
Hank Bauer, OF 1948-59: Retirement Fantasyp. 21
Fred Beene, P 1972-74: Having a Blastp. 26
Johnny Blanchard, C/OF 1955, 1959-65: Soul Trainp. 32
Ron Blomberg, 1B/DH 1969, 1971-76: Designeep. 40
Bobby Brown, 3B/2B/SS/OF 1946-52, 1954: A Change of Heartp. 45
Tommy Byrne, P 1943, 1946-51, 1954-57: In His Wakep. 50
Bob Cerv, OF 1951-56, 1960-62: Numbers Gamep. 55
Horace Clarke, 2B 1965-74: Great Vibesp. 59
Jerry Coleman, 2B/SS 1949-57: The Shirt off His Backp. 63
Ron Davis, P 1978-81: Amazon Effortsp. 69
Art Ditmar, P 1957-61: Just for Funp. 75
Brian Doyle, INF 1978-80: Double Dosep. 80
Ryne Duren, P 1958-61: Seeing Clearlyp. 86
Ed Figueroa, P 1976-78: Truckin' Onp. 93
Ray Fontenot, P 1983-84: Aiee!p. 98
George Frazier, P 1981-83: Telling It Like It Isp. 106
Oscar Gamble, OF 1976, 1979-84: Gambling on Othersp. 112
Eli Grba, P 1959-60: Hall of Fame Drunkp. 117
Xavier Hernandez, P 1994: Back on the Busp. 120
Ralph Houk C 1947-54, Manager 1961-63, 1966-73: Hooking Houkp. 124
Billy Johnson, 3B 1943, 1946-51: Cotton Pickin' Goodp. 129
Cliff Johnson, 1B/DH 1977-79: Home on the Rangep. 133
Jay Johnstone, OF 1978-79: The Price Is Rightp. 136
Jimmy Jones, P 1989-90: Home Sweet Homep. 141
Steve Kline, P 1970-74: Broken Lumberp. 145
Phil Linz, 2B/SS/3B 1962-65: Play It Again, Philp. 149
Hector Lopez, OF 1959-66: Recreation Specialistp. 154
Kevin Maas, 1B/DH 1990-93: Fixer Upperp. 159
Elliott Maddox, OF 1974-76: Knocking on Heaven's Doorp. 164
Lindy McDaniel, P 1968-73: E-I-E-I-Ouchp. 170
George "Doc" Medich, P 1972-75: The Doctor Is Outp. 176
Graig Nettles, 3B 1973-83: Poofp. 181
Irv Noren, OF 1952-56: On Trackp. 185
Mike Pagliarulo, 3B 1984-89: Nose for the Gamep. 190
Joe Pepitone, 1B 1962-69: Sleepless in the Cityp. 196
Roger Repoz, OF 1964-66: Tattooedp. 202
Bobby Richardson, 2B 1955-66: Gracefulp. 205
Mickey Rivers, OF 1976-79: Still Quickp. 212
Andre Robertson, SS, 2B 1981-85: Plantedp. 217
Bill Robinson, OF 1967-69: My Own Man-tlep. 223
Eddie Robinson, 1B/PH 1954-56: Top Pickp. 227
Steve Sax, 2B 1989-91: Kicking It Upp. 232
Charlie Silvera C 1948-56: Cub Scoutp. 238
Bill "Moose" Skowron, 1B 1954-62: For the Cyclep. 241
Don Slaught, C 1988-89: A Teaching Onslaughtp. 246
Tom Sturdivant, P 1955-59: Guardian Angelsp. 251
Ralph Terry, P 1956, 1959-64: A High Fly Ballp. 256
Thad Tillotson, P 1967-68: Variety's the Spicep. 260
Mike Torrez, P 1977: Specializedp. 265
Tom Tresh, SS/OF 1961-69: On the Slidep. 271
Bob Turley, P 1955-62: Securep. 277
Tom Underwood, P 1980-81: Net Worthp. 283
Mike Wallace, P 1974-75: Growing Seasonp. 289
Dooley Womack, P 1966-68: Dooley Notedp. 295