Picks and Pans Review: Diary of a Yankee-Hater

updated 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bob Marshall

This is another book to set baseball fans bickering. But Marshall, a lawyer and lifelong New Yorker, surely has company in castigating current owner George Steinbrenner and his rotating crop of ornery, self-aggrandizing and generally unappealing players. Marshall, whose dislike of the Yankees runs to taking vacation trips to Kansas City to cheer against them, quotes a Royals fan approvingly: "When you buy the pennant, you're hitting below the belt." Marshall's day-by-day reckoning of the 1980 Yankee season utilizes no inside information, and too many game details are included. But he writes unpretentiously, and the book has a happy ending: The Yanks were humiliated in the play-offs by the Royals. (Franklin Watts, $7.95)

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