LADY AT THE BAT: What I'm Reading- Munson: The Life & Death Of A Yankee Captain

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What I'm Reading- Munson: The Life & Death Of A Yankee Captain

The problem with trying to Italicread a book when you're in danger of losing the roof over your head (there, I said it) is that it takes you too long to read it. I was sent a copy Marty Appel's new book Munson: The Life & Death Of A Yankee Captain weeks ago and thought I'd be finished with it by now. But alas, I'm not. My apologies to Marty and his associates.

That doesn't mean that I don't feel comfortable recommending it. Far from it. Anyone who followed the Yankees during Thurman Munson's career (1970-1979) will smile when they re-live the career of the Yankee captain, and anyone who discovered the game after his tragic death will learn about one of the best players ever to don the pinstripes.

It is a biography of Munson, but Marty Appel has written it in the first person, telling it from his view of Munson as the PR guy for the New York Yankees. Marty wrote the original authorized biography of Munson back in the '70s, but he wanted to revisit his subject, to fill in what he felt were blanks and inconsistencies in the first book. The result is a very moving tribute to a man he loved and admired.

It's good read and I can't wait to get back to it!

Bernadette

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