Yankee for Life: My 40-Year Journey in Pinstripes by Bobby Murcer

By Bobby Murcer

As he stepped to the plate at Yankee Stadium on establishing day in 1966, Bobby Murcer carried with him the hopes and expectancies of Yankees enthusiasts searching for the following Mickey Mantle. Bobby wasn't the subsequent Mick, after all, yet he grew to become probably the most loved Yankees of all time.

Yankee for all times is Murcer's account of his stellar profession as either a participant and an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster. With self-effacing humor and down-home appeal, he stocks interesting and illuminating anecdotes approximately former teammates, bosses, and the hot iteration of Yankees superstars—Rivera, Jeter, Rodriguez—whom he watched develop up from the published sales space. With candor, braveness, and a clean dose of wit, he tells of his conflict with mind melanoma, explaining how the affection of his spouse and family members, his deep spiritual religion, and the passionate aid of enthusiasts helped see him via his ordeal.

Bobby Murcer won't have accomplished the fame of a few of his fellow gamers, yet finally he used to be what enthusiasts continuously sought after him to be: a Yankee for all times.

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And I have to tell you, I got to know them pretty well that night. Roger drove us back to the hotel after dinner, and all I can say is that it was a good thing that anybody but me was driving. My roommate in spring training was Steve Hamilton. Remember big Hambone Hamilton out of Kentucky? He was also an NBA basketball player. And a really great guy. Well, when I got back to our room, I told Hambone I was sick as a dog, only I wouldn’t wish how I felt on a dog. I’d already barfed all over the side of the car while we were driving back.

Fever, headaches, seizures—he was really, really sick for months. Ended up, he missed a year of school. The disease messed up his nervous system, so he was never the same. I think he probably would have gone on to play baseball if he hadn’t come down with that terrible sickness. My younger brother, Randy, played baseball in high school, but that was it. He was interested in sports, but more in being a fan than actually playing. Like me, Randy’s always been a huge Yankees fan, but we’re split on our football loyalties.

John F. Kennedy gave his last big speech of the 1960 campaign there. The Yankees stayed there as a team after night games. More important, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig had both lived there for a while! The Concourse Plaza had definitely seen grander days by the time I checked in—18 years later it was closed down and turned into an old folks home; after that it was converted to condos—but I couldn’t have cared less. They could have handed me a sleeping bag and pointed me toward the nearest parking lot.

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