The Bronx Zoo

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Dell, 1980 - Sports & Recreation - 300 pages
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Lyle's frequently bitter memories of the Yankees' championship season, one marred by various feuds and much infighting, alternate with irreverent anecdotes about his eccentric superstar teammates

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Review: The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees

User Review  - Tom Stamper - Goodreads

I gave an oral book report for this in the 10th grade. Being one of only three Yankee fans at my Indiana high school I emphasized the humor if the book over the games and even the girls laughed ... Read full review

Review: The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees

User Review  - Harold Kasselman - Goodreads

The book is essentially a diary of the 1978 dream season of the Yankees and the disappointing role Sparky Lyle played on that team after Goose Gossage arrived. I enjoyed the book largely because of ... Read full review


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Peter Golenbock is a prolific sports journalist and author. He was born in New York City on July 19, 1946 and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and the New York University School of Law in 1970. While at Dartmouth, he began writing about sports for The Daily Dartmouth, which led to stints with the New York Times and the Boston Globe. It was also at Dartmouth where he became friends with Robert Ariel "Red" Rolfe, the former New York Yankees third baseman and the school's athletic director. Rolfe entertained him for hours with stories of the famous Yankees teams of the 1930's, which had a profound impact on Golenbock's unintended career path. After graduating law school, he eventually landed a job in the legal department of Prentice-Hall Publishing. Surprisingly, he was able to convince the head of the trade book division to allow him to write about the Yankees. The resulting book, Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-64, became an instant bestseller, the first of many for Golenbock. Among his best-known works to follow include; The Bronx Zoo, Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Balls, with Graig Nettles, Bats, with Davey Johnson, Personal Fouls, a look at corruption in college basketball, and Teammates, a children's book about the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. His latest work is entitled Rage: The Legend of "Baseball Bill" Denehy.

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