Bronx Bummers: An Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls

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Riverdale Avenue Books LLC, Apr 4, 2016 - Sports & Recreation

Whether you love the Yankees or loathe them, even the most casual baseball fan is well versed on the team’s nearly 100-year lineage of legends that span the decades from Ruth to DiMaggio to Mantle to Jeter. 

Most every book on the Yankees, therefore, heralds the unparalleled winning tradition of the famed Bronx Bombers.

This is not that kind of book.

In Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls, authors Robert Dominguez and David Hinckley shine a light on the dark side of the team’s otherwise illustrious history.

In 50 lighthearted chapters, Bronx Bummers begins with the tale of the Yankees’ first colorful owners in 1903 — one was a former New York police chief widely considered the most corrupt cop in city history, the other was Manhattan's biggest owner of illegal gambling dens — and continues through the sordid exploits of some of the team’s earliest stars, including a slick-fielding first baseman run out of baseball for throwing games; a good-hitting pitcher who derailed his Hall of Fame-bound career with his brawling and boozing ways; and even the great Babe Ruth himself, who regularly led the league in HRs, RBIs and STDs.

And while most baseball teams have a history of bench-clearing brawls, Dominguez and Hinckley, veteran New York City tabloid reporters, chronicle how the Yankees hold the unofficial record for most fights between teammates — not to mention the most front-office blunders.

From the bad old days of the team’s origins as the Highlanders all the way to the Bronx Zoo years and beyond, Bronx Bummers divulges what really went on behind the boxscores of baseball's winningest franchise.


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About the author (2016)

ROBERT DOMINGUEZ became a lifelong Yankees fan while growing up in the South Bronx in the shadow of the old Yankee Stadium, home office for many of his fondest childhood memories: Playing Little League in the park across the street where the new Stadium now stands, sneaking into countless games once the ushers left the gate, and thinking Bobby Murcer was even cooler than Joe Mannix and John Shaft combined.

As a writer/editor for the New York Daily News for nearly 25 years, Robert’s had a chance to meet many of the former players he grew up idolizing. But he considers the full-count walk he worked against Ron Guidry while writing a story on Yankee Fantasy Camp as perhaps the shining moment of his journalistic career.

DAVID HINCKLEY discovered baseball in the summer of 1956, when he was 7 years old. His team was the Brooklyn Dodgers. On Oct. 8 of that year, he raced home from third grade to ask his mother what had happened in the fifth game of the World Series, which had been tied 2-2. His mother, who was not a sports fan but had dutifully listened to the game on his behalf, looked up from her ironing to say she wasn't sure, but she thought one team didn't get any hits. That was the moment at which David realized that no matter what team you rooted for, your baseball universe would include the Yankees.

A severe shortage of talent prevented him from taking his own baseball dreams anywhere, though one summer he did lead the Northern New Jersey Newspaper League in triples. Fortunately, journalism didn’t set the bar quite as high as baseball, so he spent 50 years in that field, most of them with the New York Daily News.

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