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Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  262 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, when Yankee stadium opened, the New York Yankees have been baseball's most successful, decorated, and colorful franchise. Home to Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, Jackson, and Mattingly; and later Torre, Jeter, Rivera, and Rodriguez, the team has been a fixture in our national consciousness. Yet it's been nearly s ...more
ebook, 656 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Dani Shuping
Even though I'm not a fan of the Yankees I was really looking forward to reading this history of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. Especially since it was written by a man that had worked for the Yankees and was familiar with the people and places that helped make the team what it is today. And yet...that inside perspective presents a drawback in telling a complete story. While Marty clearly knows his stuff, it often feels at time like he's treading lightly about events, such ...more
Leah Rachel
Jul 03, 2014 Leah Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been excited to read this book ever since it was given to me by my boyfriend as a 20th birthday gift. He's a White Sox fan, but he was once a Yankees fan, and since they're unlikely to ever have to meet in any real battle, I'll let him root for both.

I had few problems with the writing of Marty Appel. He's obviously a tremendous Yankees fan, and has a big respect for the history. One tiny complain is that he did make some cutesy jokes about the emergence of more women fans. At a time when he
Greg Harrison
I think I might be ready for Gravity's Rainbow now, cuz this book had 900 characters too...
Tom Stamper
Dec 17, 2016 Tom Stamper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a long and thorough book that describes every Yankee season from 1903 to the present. If you have read other histories you will see some cross-over but you might also be surprised at the extra information. I have long known that the Kansas City A's of the late 1950s were much like a farm team for the Yankees, but I had no idea why they made so many lopsided trades until Appel explained the relationship between the owners. I also got more insight into the second tier stars like Earl Combs ...more
Dylan M
Mar 20, 2015 Dylan M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it seemed interesting. I have been a Yankees fan ever since I was born. I seemed interesting because it talks about the Yankees history and legacy over the past centuries of them in their beginning roots to what they are known as to this day. The title Pinstripe Empire is related to the Yankees jersey. They have always wore pinstripes since they were called the New York Yankees. Their jerseys are a big part of their history and their winning ways to get to the World S ...more
Thomas Paul
A book about the Yankees should be exciting, full of stories about the players and the team. It should be a personal look more than just a review of stats and win/loss percentages. At least I think so but the author of this book disagrees with me. This book reads as if it was written by a sports columnist and not an historian. It felt like this to me: Here we go to the next season, here are some players, this one was important just look at his stats, here we are in the World Series, now off to t ...more
Nick Leshi
Dec 21, 2012 Nick Leshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The excellent book by Marty Appel, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, is a comprehensive, well-written, incredibly researched chronology of the storied legacy of arguably the greatest sports franchise in the world.

Yes, I'm biased, being a diehard Bronx Bombers fanatic, but even if you are a Yankee-hater, you might still gain some enjoyment from reading this marvelous history book.

The first few chapters alone paint an eye-opening picture of baseball a
Jun 20, 2012 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pinstripe Empire, covers every inch of the New York Yankee's history. I really enjoyed this book as it was very interesting to learn about the greatest team in baseball. After reading this book I learned a lot of information about the Yanks. It was great to learn about the legends but there was a lot of information about players who were not so famous. Appel, who worked for the Yankees does a good job of telling the history of the team. He uses quotes often, which gives a sense of realism to the ...more
May 13, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book. Obviously will resonate most with Yankee fans but particularly the earlier history offered in Pinstripe Empire would appeal to any baseball fan.

Written by Marty Appel, who worked for the team in beginning in the latter half of the 20th century, the book transitions from a straight history to somewhat more of a memoir around that period, with some personal anecdotes thrown in that really add color to the long list of players, trials and tribulations the Yanks have gone through ove
Jul 21, 2012 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a baseball fan, and particularly a Yankee fan, this is an enjoyable read--a history of the Yankees, essentially year by year. It covers on field as well as off field/business events. The book is crammed full of largely useless and often not particularly interesting statistics--construction details about the original Yankee Stadium as well as the new one, etc.

My biggest complaint about this book is that it is largely a "PC" version of the history. Appel doesn't exactly ignore some of th
Apr 13, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how you could ever conceive of a more detailed account of Yankeedom, complete with anecdotes and stories that could only have been handed down through generations of press box rumor and banter. Am already long past the days of the Highlanders playing at ballparks in Washington Heights in Manhattan. At the part now where Mantle is taking Maris under his wing, so to speak...
I can't imagine a more complete catalog of incredible Yankee stories, down to the insider minutae (important m
Drew Zagorski
If you're a Yankee fan, this is your new bible. If you're a baseball, or even a history buff, you'll really enjoy this one. Appel cover 100+ years of the franchise's history so can't go into too much depth in any of the seasons or all of the personalities and athletes that surrounded this team over the years - that would be a multi-volume exercise. But there's enough here to be satisfying. I've read many books over the years about Yankee players from the Death Row team to the Yanks of the 50s an ...more
Don LaFountaine
May 06, 2013 Don LaFountaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a baseball and Yankee fan, I feel that this is a MUST read! Marty Appel brings to life the wonderful history of this storied franchise. There so much information packed in the pages that you may need to read it a number of times. I loved the extra tidbits that are found in it. For example, everyone who is a baseball fan knows something about Babe Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series off Cubs pitcher Charlie Root. This book points out a fact that's often overlook - Lou Gehrig hit a solo ...more
Bill S.
May 30, 2012 Bill S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Of interest more to Yankee fans than to fans of the game in general, Mr. Appel skillfully weaves stories, tall tales , and anecdotes of Yankee history into a very readable narrative.

From their humble beginnings playing at Hilltop Park to the current reincarnation of Yankee Stadium this book touches upon every decade, every generation of Yankees. The trades, the behind the scenes shenanigans, the personalities are all here. The Babe, Lou Gehrig, Joe McCarthy, Scooter, Joe D., the Mick, Whitey, Re
Oct 08, 2014 Dustin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this over the course of about 3 baseball seasons now. Finally finished. I'm not a Yankees fan, but their history is certainly interesting. In fact, there is so much history, there's essentially only space enough to list events over the course of almost 700 pages. The early history was a fascinating glimpse into early baseball. It was nice to have an insider view of more recent years, though Appel certainly is biased toward those he worked with/for. All in all, a fine chronology ...more
Rich Perrotti
Apr 01, 2013 Rich Perrotti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to complete this book during the long winter and I am pleased to say that on Opening Day of 2013, it is done! What a book for a lifelong Yankees fan to read; it is comprehensive to say the least. What makes it special is that Marty Appel was the publicity director of the Yankees at the end of the Mantle (and original Yankee Stadium,) era and has access to stories, personal experiences and references that are rare. It is a rich read, like hitting for the cycle against an All-Star caliber ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Glenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the writing and the book. Since the author was actually there for a lot of the history he was able to input actual "as seen by" comments and perspective. There was enough history that this could have been at least a 2 volume series. I would have enjoyed a little more in depth reflection on at least ALL the World Series games. The last couple of years seemed to have been hurried, as if to meet a certain number of pages that would fit into the book. Overall t was a very enjoyable
Jul 22, 2014 Kiera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether you're a Yankees fan or not, you can't help but to love the history of the game, the team, and the stats. Growing up as a Yankees fan, I happened to see some of the great games that were talked about in the book. The size of the book may scare some, but once you get into reading, it is filled with fun facts, articles, and commentary by players present and past, managers, and other players for other teams who have a begrudging respect for the Yankees.

I'd recommend this book to any Yankee
Glenn Rome
Jul 24, 2015 Glenn Rome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pinstripe Empire is a thorough history of the most heralded team in sports. Marty Appel with an assist from Frank Graham allow the reader to relive the moments of this great franchise from its inception to present day. This is an enjoyable recollection of people, places and things that became the New York Yankees.
Oct 04, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
If you are a lifelong Yankees fan like I am, put this on your must-read list. The full title says it all. I have read many books, articles, essays, etc. about the Yankees, but this is by far the most comprehensive and easy to read. Everything is here from when the team moved from Baltimore through the latest dynasty. Absolutely amazing.
Apr 22, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I'm a Yankees fan. This book is basically a chronological history of every season up to 2010 or 2011. Having said that, it's very 'generic' in most of the information since it covers each and every season (x wins, x-place finish, so-and-so was manager, etc etc. Well written and complete, but if you're looking for the 'inside the locker room' scoop...this ain't it. Still a good read and enjoyable.
Aug 09, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sports fans, baseball fans, Yankee fans
Shelves: history, sports
An engrossing reading, filled with the stellar accomplishments and poignant moments that make up the long and complex history of the New York Yankees. While this book may seem intimidating, the writing is fast-paced and engaging. And excellent read, even for those of you who hate the Yankees. After all, isn't it better to know your enemy?
P.e. lolo
Nov 27, 2012 P.e. lolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a yankee fan, then this is the book for you. The beginnings of the team before they were called the Yankees. It stops at 2011 after Jeter gets his 3000 hit. There is so much information in this book that it could also be a good history book for old time baseball. I really enjoyed the read.
Jcrane1095 Crane
It was an interesting read but being that it covered such a large period of time, it didnt delve deep enough into the details of some of the more interesting periods of the Yankees history. It does get extra credit for mentioned the Dale Berra/Bobby Meacham play where they both were thrown out at home plate (one of the seminal memories I have of that Yankee era).
Kenneth Gura
Sep 03, 2014 Kenneth Gura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the very beginning of the Franchise as the New York Highlanders to Present day, this is an extremely informative book! Wether you are a Yankee fan or not, to go through the Organizations history and all their accomplishments is to be admired. Although the writing is choppy at times over the course of 600+ pages... it still managed to keep my attention through the entire book.
Carmela devito
An exhaustive(and exhausting) history of the most storied franchise in baseball history the New York Yankees. You really do need a scorecard to follow the ownership., roster and unique events in Yankee history. I think anyone interested in baseball history would like this as would Yankee fans wanting to know more of the teams history
May 30, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have time to read long books
OK book. Not a very big fan of history, so the start was kinda boring. Would definitely recommend this book to someone who would want to read about the history of the Yankees and the evolution of the organization
Aug 21, 2012 Goatville9 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history

Solid book about the origins of the Yankees and NY baseball. I found the history of the team prior to Ruth's arrival the most interesting but that is a function of it all being new to me.

A must read for the pinstripe faithful.
Jim Bartruff
Aug 09, 2014 Jim Bartruff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marty Appel is the perfect guy to write this book filled with facts, opinion, legend and lore...a good book to read through quickly Or, as I did to read bitby bit over an extended time...either way, it holds up!
Mar 24, 2013 Lucilletln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone who calls themselves a Yankee Fan....very detailed with interesting stories....very long book but well worth the time ( I went back & it on my Kindle during our road trip)....Pick this one up, sports fans, you will NOT be disappointed!
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