While I have not had time to fully read the book, I did have a chance to sample through it and I thought some here might be interested in my findings.
Cecilia is a Yankee fan extraordinaire. She’s been writing about the Yankees at sundry outlets for a long time now. Personally, her name has always stuck in my head because of the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Cecilia” that was out when I was around 9-years-old:
“Oh, Cecilia, I’m down on my knees
I’m begging you please to come home
Come on home”
Even though it was 33-years ago, it seems like it was just yesterday that I would get a big thrill when that song came on the radio in my folk’s car as we were driving around. (Probably on an AM station, I should add. Man, I’m old.) In any event, Cecilia gets two major thumbs up for the amount of research that went into this book. Most notably, she personally interviewed 28 members of the extended Yankee family. These include the likes of Yogi, Bouton, Bucky, Whitey, Girardi, Reggie, Gator, Murcer, Mattingly, O’Neill, and Stick. On the Spicoli-meter of cool, this alone deserves a “Whoa!”
Unfortunately, I have to quibble with some of Cecilia’s selections. For example, having a game where Tony Fernandez hit for the cycle in 1995 and the Andy Hawkins no-hitter loss of 1990 in the “Top 50” whereas games like games like Guidry’s 18-K night and the Brosius and Tino HR games of the 2001 World Series miss the cut is, well, somewhat inexcusable to me.
Nonetheless, because of the amount of detail that this work provides on the games included, it appears to be the type of book that most diehard Yankee fans would want to have in their essential baseball library. I look forward to having some time soon to be able to read it fully. Thanks to the folks at Wiley for sending it to me.