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, inspire and entertain. Clearly this project was a labor of love for Steve Yerrid and everyone associated with putting this volume together.
So just what are the qualities that have made the storied New York Yankees one of the most successful franchises in the history of professional sports? The cynics among us will always point to the exorbitant payroll but Steve Yerrid counters that what really seperates the Bronx Bombers from all the rest are the way that the organization and its players go about their business. The book is organized into chapters with titles like Preparation, Desire, Confidence, Determination, Effort, Courage and Leadership etc. etc. Steve Yerrid gives us some neat anecdotes about each of these attributes along with some incredible action photographs spanning the entire history of the franchise. The vast majority of the photos are from the Steinbrenner era but Mr. Yerrid has sprinked in some amazing photos of Yankee legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle and the list goes on and on. Many of the photographs culled from the vast New York Yankees archives have never been published before. Baseball enthusiasts will have a blast just thumbing through these photos while at the same time gaining an understanding of the message that Steve Yerrid is trying to convey. Yerrid contends that the culture in the Bronx is quite different from that which exists in most major league cities. Furthermore, Steve Yerrid makes a strong case that much of that was due to the leadership of his old pal George Steinbrenner. Personally, I never cared much for the man or the way he conducted himself in public but Mr. Yerrid shows us another side of George Steinbrenner that just might alter your opinion of him.
What is so neat about "The Making Of A Champtionship Heart" is that this is a book that can be enjoyed by all generations of baseball fans. My dad is in his 90's now and has been a lifelong Yankees fan. I can't wait to show him this book. Kudos to Steve Yerrid for a well-thought out and flawlessly executed project. A great coffee table book and keepsake for Yankees fans and a book that will appeal to sports fans, history buffs and general interest readers as well. Very highly recommended!
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 … more
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"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. "