No other team has come close to dominating baseball like the New York Yankees, with 26 World Series wins and 38 American League championships. No wonder no other team has a fraction of baseball books published about them. Bill Madden adds another to the lengthy list with Pride of October: What it Was to Be Young and a Yankee.
From Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford to Lou Piniella and Paul O’Neil, 17 former Yankees and one Yankee widow, reveal their memories about their careers. The wide range ofYankee seasons is reflected in all the players selected, so questions range from the reality of Babe Ruth’s “called home run,” to Pichard
the shocking final inning of the 2001 World Series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with the “unbeatable” Yankee reliever Mario Rivera on the mound. In the pregame clubhouse meetings, the normally reserved Rivera surprised his teammates by saying “We’re going to win, but no matter what happens, it’s in God’s hands.” Don Mattingly reflects on his 13 fine seasons with the Yanks without a single World Series ring to show for it. Yogi Berra, Madden claims, when asked directions to his home for the interview replies, “When you get to the house, you’ll see it.”