From: the backwoods of Mass.
Side note - what are people's favorite Baseball books currently in print?
Sparky Lyle-The Bronx Zoo
great read, a kind on diary/commentary on a day to day basis of life on the Yankees...really good book from a player perspective written with P. Golenbock (anything with Golenbock is gritty and good)...
“Cy Young to Sayonara,” was how Nettles put it. (Golenbock later collaborted with Nettles on his book, “Balls”).
serious locker room stuff as well as press and politics and player ego...
*Of all the Lyle pranks, his trademark stunt became his "treatment" of birthday cakes that arrived at Yankee Stadium. When a player celebrated a birthday during the season, the Yankees typically arranged to have a large birthday cake delivered to the clubhouse. As soon as Lyle got wind of the cake’s impending arrival, he prepared to take action. Waiting in the clubhouse until the cake was placed on a table, Lyle then pulled down his pants (including his underwear), jumped up in the air, and proceeded to sit on top of the cake! With another cake effectively buried, yet another Yankee teammate was frustrated in his effort to celebrate his birthday. (Former Yankee outfielder Ron Swoboda once exacted the ultimate revenge on Lyle, doing something unmentionable to one of his birthday cakes.)
The Yankee Motto:
Use it up,
Wear it out,
Or do without.
"God Help us, and God, come yourself.
Don't send Jesus, this is no place for children."