The Making of a Championship Heart by Steve Yerrid SunTide Publishers 2011 ISBN 978-0-9832990-0-4
The author, Steve Yerrid, tries to answer the question as to what separates the best from second best . Many of us have had difficulty in achieving first place status for a number of reasons. To answer this question, Steve provides multiple criteria describing personality traits and actions congruent with attaining first place. Examples are as follows:
o Preparation o Desire o Leadership o Attitude o Determination o Confidence o Effort o Challenge o Courage o Perseverance o Vision o Integrity et al.
The force of George Steinbrenner's personality was another defining attribute in moving the team toward success. The author describes a poignant moment where he was in a meeting with the boss.
" We were seated at a large oval conference room table with probably twenty-five or thirty chairs surrounding it. Of course, George sat at the head and I learned quickly that when he was present, there was never any doubt as to who was in charge."
The Yankees and the boss are the focal point of illustrations throughout the book. There are full color action pictures of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Girardi and many others in the Yankee organization. Quotations of famous personages are contained throughout the text. Examples are:
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it" . (Lou Holtz)
"You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun." (Derek Jeter )
"There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time,I owe him my best. " Joe DiMaggio )
Classic World Series winning moments of the Yankees are depicted toward the end of the book. The pictures are in full color. Photography credits go to ALDS, ALCS and World Series Images courtesy of the New York Yankees.
The last page of the book has a select group of admirers clapping while viewing a memorial of George Steinbrenner with a picture and text on a Yankee Stadium wall. Lessons learned from baseball and from life is the main theme of the book set forth on the cover. The author explains how to apply these lessons through the prism of the 18 or more defining characteristics enumerated above.
Steve Yerrid is the author. He has played and watched sports all of his life. He has been a life long New York Yankees fan and shared a friendship with George Steinbrenner for over thirty years. For more information on Steve Yerrid, go to The Yerrid Foundation.
Overall, the book is very well organized. The 18 or so motivating factors are indeed key ingredients for success in my own life experience . ( the reviewer) This book is an excellent purchase for sports buffs, historians, Yankee fans, media organizations and a vast constituency of admirers too numerous to delineate in a finite column. The rock solid character of George Steinbrenner comes through in the pictures of him shown throughout.
The Making Of A Championship Heart answers the question what makes a team a champion. The lessons of team work work and integrity are learned in the game of baseball. They can be applied in every day life. Steve Yerrid is a lawyer. He chronicles the New York Yankees World Series championship season of 2009 in photos of recent Yankee players like Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Jorge Posada. Steve Yerrid is also a philanthropist. His foundation has raised millions of dollars in pediatric cancer … more
You need not be a New York Yankees fan to appreciate Steve Yerrid's marvelous new book "The Making Of A Championship Heart". Mr. Yerrid is a lifelong Yankee fan who also enjoyed a close personal and professional relationship with George Steinbrenner that spanned more than three decades. Mr. Yerrid proposed this project to Mr. Steinbrenner some years back and the Yankees owner graciously gave him access to the team's extensive archives. The result is a book that will at once inform, … more
"What makes a championship heart? What are those special ingredients consistently found in people who excel in life? Certainly, the journey through the human experience is full of challenges, difficulties, hardship and joy but what makes those select few consistently succeed and rise to the top? Regardless of the endeavor, whether it is sports, business, family, service or in simply living a complete and meaningful life... what is the essence that makes people triumphant? Two individuals or two teams virtually identical in talent and skills, yet one goes on to become a champion while the other is destined for mediocrity, the even more gut wrenching position of the perennial runner-up. The almost, but not quite... What is the it that makes such a huge difference? I believe with a certainty founded upon my life s experience, that the it is the defining difference between success and failure, between winning and losing... in living a life as opposed to simply enduring the passage of a lifetime. "