The Last Lion of Baseball
Author(s): Bill Madden
Original Publish Date: May 11, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (18.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100030550
Released: May 11, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780061988745
Narrator/s: Kerin McCue
Publisher: HarperAudio
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No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. From the moment he bought the team in 1973 for $10 million, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Today the New York Yankees are worth more than $1 billion and are once again world champions. Award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fund-raiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees, even though his father disparaged George's desire to own a professional sports team as a "hobby." Over the next four decades, Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign included his epic battles with Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, even beloved Yankee captain Derek Jeter. His ruthless and free-spending tactics made him a lightning rod for controversy but they also paid off: Steinbrenner's Yankees have won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports. In the last few years, with his health declining, the Boss ceded control of the team to his sons, but not before lording over the team's historic transition from the House That Ruth Built to the House That George Built. Throughout his three decades of covering the Yankees, Bill Madden has cultivated hundreds of sources at every level in the organization, from the many managers and front-office personnel Steinbrenner has fired to the bat boys who are ever present in the locker room. All of them have colorful stories about the man with whom they have enjoyed a love-hate relationship, but it is the Boss himself whose voice rises above the rest. And when Steinbrenner decided to give his final print interview, he spoke to Madden to set the record straight on his extraordinary life and career.

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Author(s): Bill Madden
Product Number EB00236536
Released: Mar 18, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780061992582

Professional reviews

"The length and breadth of the late Yankees owner's life is detailed--from his ship-building days in Ohio to his ventures in New York City. Throughout Steinbrenner's upbringing and as one of history's most well-known team owners, his father's approval remained out of reach. "The Boss" comes across as a bullying executive with an impulsive, tyrannical side. His personal style played out notoriously in the tabloids for almost 40 years. Narrator Kerin McCue does a fine job. When appropriate, he imitates some of the Yankees owner's many associates; PA announcer Bob Sheppard, known as the "Voice of God," is the best. As McCue raises his voice to portray Steinbrenner himself, the man's big personality and many frustrations come through loud and clear. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"