Sunday, May 9, 2010

Madden's Steinbrenner book will be a must-read

Bill Madden's book about George Steinbrenner called the Last Lion in Baseball will be a must-read. I can tell just from reading the excerpts featured in the New York Daily News this week.

As a younger fan, I missed most of Steinbrenner's most turbulent years as owner of the New York Yankees so I'm particularly curious about that part of his life. The excerpt teases quite well, giving the backstory of the incident that led to one of the most famous quotes in Yankees history: Billy Martin's line "One's a born liar, the other's convicted," speaking of Steinbrenner and Reggie Jackson.

Then, of course, is the Steinbrenner family's version of the end of Joe Torre's tenure as manager of the Yankees. We know Torre's side already through his book The Yankee Years with Tom Verducci. The News gave a glimpse of that last meeting in another excerpt today. Naturally, Madden's book seems to fall squarely on the side of the family, with Torre depicted as cold, arrogant and ungrateful.

Just like I read Torre's book cover to cover, I will soon read Madden's book for his insight on the Boss and his Yankee tenure and post a review after I finish reading it. Stay tuned.

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