Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Truth About Ruth and More...

Recently, we at the Respect Jeters Gangster blog received an advanced copy of the book "The Truth About Ruth and More: Behind Yankees Myths, Legends, and Lore" by Peter Handrinos. We're always excited to receive books, because it allows us to see what interests people in the baseball world. With "The Truth About Ruth", the author delves into several of the long standing Yankee myths, legends and lore, and reveals the truth behind their stories. From Ruth's called shot, to the Billy Martin Copa fight, to Maris' 61 homeruns, to Reggie Jackson's status as Mr. October, Peter Handrinos leaves few stones unturned.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. For someone who is interested in Yankee history, you can tell that Handrinos did some thorough research and does an excellent job of keeping emotion away from facts. There's no doubt that Handrinos is a Yankee fan, but that does not make him get too sentimental about the legends, myths and lores he debunks, or supports. And that's what makes this book great. Handrinos isn't scared to call out some of our long held notions of the Yankee past, and even extends this to the current Yankee legends, myths, and lores. We all know and love Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, but did you know that the nickname came from a sarcastic Thurmon Munson during one of Reggie's underperforming league champion series? Did you know that Reggie performed terribly throughout his career during the league championship series? Or have you ever heard someone defend Casey Stengel's use of Art Ditmar instead of Whitey Ford for game one of the 1960 world series? Perhaps my favorite however, is Handrinos comparison between the Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr., and the Iron Horse Lou Gehrig. I won't give too much away, but lets just say that Lou Gehrig was in fact, the man.

Peter Handrinos does a good job of retelling stories we've heard before and keeping them fresh. In short, we highly recommend this book, unless of course you can't handle the truth!

Lastly, Peter Handrinos would like us to extend an invitation to a book talk/Q&A at Borders Books in midtown Manhattan- Park Avenue & 57th Street- on Thursday, April 2nd, at 7pm. There will be a complimentary cocktail reception afterwards, and as Peter says "all fans of the Yankees and/or free drinks are invited." You can't beat that.

9 comments:

Fred Trigger said...

"We all know and love Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, but did you know that the nickname came from a sarcastic Thurmon Munson during one of Reggie's underperforming league champion series? Did you know that Reggie performed terribly throughout his career during the league championship series?"


hmmmmm.....sounds like a certain someone who defended AROD for his postseason shortcomings at the beginning of this blog (PED'S or not).

Fernando Alejandro said...

Was that you? It was so long ago.

She-Fan said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Wish I could go to the signing (and have the complimentary cocktail).

Fernando Alejandro said...

I'm with you Jane! Speaking of which, any idea when you'll have your New York dates set?

cheshirecat9 said...

I am sure it is rude to post comments for someone else's blog, but I hope Respect Jeter's Gangster will give me a pass here. I can't post on She-Fan's blog because it says I don't have permission. It hurts my feelings everytime. Anyway Jane, I just got your book and am excited to read it. I hope that you will be coming to New York at some point.

Fernando please excuse my rudeness. I love this blog and read it every day. Sometimes twice.

Fernando Alejandro said...

No worries! Do you have an MLB account and password? You'll need one to post on Jane's blog.

cheshirecat9 said...

Ah ha! Mystery solved. Thanks!

Fernando Alejandro said...

You're welcome.

She-Fan said...

Sorry I only just now read Cheshire Cat's comments. I had no idea people could get that sort of "no permission" message on my blog. I think Fernando's right and you have to register with MLB and give them a password. I really hope you do come on the blog and please leave a hello if you do. I also hope you get a kick out of the book.