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Pride and Pinstripesby Mel Stottlemyre
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More than a star pitcher and accomplished coach, Mel Stottlemyre has a history that serves as a behind-the-scenes tour of four decades of baseball. From Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry to Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, Stottlemyre connected generations of stars during a remarkable career. The fact that he had a complicated, sometimes bitter relationship with George Steinbrenner for thirty years adds a layer of melodrama to the story of one of the classiest men ever to wear pinstripes—for both the Yankees and the Mets.
In his long-awaited autobiography, Stottlemyre tells his story in colorful detail, from his days as a rookie sensation on the last of the great Mantle teams to those as trusted pitching coach during the Joe Torre administration. Along the way he takes readers inside the clubhouse of championship ball clubs, describing the defiance of the '86 Mets, from manager Davey Johnson on down, that defined them as champions but then destroyed them prematurely. Stottlemyre also recalls the true grit and selflessness that helped make Torre's Yankees a dynasty from 1996 to 2000. Finally, there are the ups and downs with Steinbrenner, from standing up to the Boss during some hilarious staff meetings to getting caught in the line of fire of Steinbrenner's constant second-guessing.
Three times a twenty-game winner before a shoulder injury abruptly ended what could have been a Hall of Fame career, Stottlemyre had the misfortune of pitching during one of the longest championship droughts in Yankees history, but then won five championship rings as pitching coach with the Mets and the Yankees. All told, in coaching the likes of Gooden, David Cone, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and many others, Stottlemyre has perhaps worked with more great pitchers than anyone in baseball history. And he has stories to tell about each of them.
Off the field, Stottlemyre lost a young son to leukemia, and speaks openly about the tragedy and its effect on his and his family's lives. Years later, during the 2000 season, he survived his own battle with cancer. He believes that both events may be related to medical treatment he received as a young Yankee pitcher.
Inspiring and revealing, Pride and Pinstripes is the unique story of a beloved baseball man who has carried himself with great dignity through a lifetime of tragedy and triumph.
Long considered one of the most underappreciated Yankee greats, Mel Stottlemyre was only 22 in 1964 when he got signed to the Yankees, and quickly became one of their star pitchers-pitching in the World Series in 1964, his first year out. After retiring in 1974, he went on to work with the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, and Houston Astros, and finally the New York Yankees in 1996, until his retirement in 2005. Stottlemyre's sons Todd and Mel, Jr. both followed in their father's footsteps, becoming star pitchers themselves, continuing a great Stottlemyre legacy that has made the name synonymous with powerhouse pitching. In this, his first autobiography, Stottlemyre will take us behind the scenes, to the golden age of baseball, through almost five decades of Major League behind-the-scenes stories.
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