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Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series

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Publisher Comments:

"Maybe the good Lord was just waiting for me to put on the pinstripes."

When Joe Torre was fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995, he thought his career in baseball was over. After more than three decades and

4,200 games as a player and manager, one thing had always eluded him--winning a World Series.  

He had all but given up his dream when the New York Yankees made him an offer to manage their 1996 club.  Encouraged by his wife and others, he accepted, and so began one of the greatest seasons in the fabled history of the New York Yankee franchise and one of the most inspiring, heartwarming stories in all of

baseball.  

Here is the ultimate insider's record of that unforgettable season by the man whose personal struggles captured the hearts and imaginations of fans

everywhere. Tough, gritty, but always fair and honest, Torre vividly reveals how he turned a potentially volatile mix of talented youngsters such as Andy

Pettitte and Derek Jeter, seasoned veterans like Wade Boggs and Paul O'Neill, and so-called "problem" players like Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden into a cohesive unit that cared more about winning than personal egos.  He explains how he played his hunches and earned his team's confidence and respect as he

focused his players from spring training on toward one goal: the World Series. And he did it all in a pressure-filled sports city that expects nothing less

than a champion.

But how he did it is only part of this remarkable story.  For at the same time that Torre was overcoming the odds on the field, his family was facing much

greater hardships off the field.  He speaks candidly and emotionally of the tragedy of his oldest brother Rocco's sudden death, and the agonizing ordeal of

his other older brother, Frank, who waited for the heart transplant that could save his life.  It was his wife, Ali, who gave him the faith to believe

anything was possible. Together with his sisters Rae and Sister Marguerite, a nun from Queens, they dared to dream the impossible.  In a fairy-tale ending

not even the best Hollywood scriptwriter could imagine, Frank Torre got his new heart the day before the Yankees won their first World Series championship

since 1978--and Joe Torre won his first ever.

Here is Joe Torre's own story--told for the first time in his own words--from his early childhood in Brooklyn, to his celebrated baseball career playing with the likes of Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson, to his stint as the first native New Yorker ever to manage the Yankees.  Offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at a season to remember and a man who went through so much to reach the pinnacle of his profession, Chasing the Dream is more than just another sports

story.  It is a poignant reminder of why we love the game--and how, sometimes, nice guys do finish first.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

"Sensational and heartwarming . . . lush with baseball lore, strategy and human ambition", raves "The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" about Joe Torre's fascinating account of his professional and personal life. In "Chasing the Dream", the beloved New York Yankees manager writes from the heart about his career as a player and a manager, his special relationship with his family, and his incredibly inspiring 1996 season, when he overcame tremendous adversity to achieve his life-long dream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553579079
With:
Verducci, Tom
Author:
Verducci, Tom
Author:
Torre, Joe
Publisher:
Bantam
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - Coaching
Subject:
World series (baseball)
Subject:
Baseball managers
Subject:
World Series
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Coaching - Baseball
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.90x4.21x.97 in. .38 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Sensational and heartwarming . . . lush with baseball lore, strategy and human ambition", raves "The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" about Joe Torre's fascinating account of his professional and personal life. In "Chasing the Dream", the beloved New York Yankees manager writes from the heart about his career as a player and a manager, his special relationship with his family, and his incredibly inspiring 1996 season, when he overcame tremendous adversity to achieve his life-long dream.
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