Picks and Pans Review: The Official New York Yankees Hater's Handbook

UPDATED 05/23/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/23/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

by William B. Mead

The Yankees' success has always made for a hard core of anti-fans. But in recent years the team has been both successful and loathsome, the latter thanks to the childish pouts of owner George Steinbrenner, the pathetic tantrums of manager-in-transit Billy Martin, and perhaps the greediest collection of human beings ever to don pinstripes, or any other stripes. Mead, associate editor of the Washingtonian magazine, doesn't spare even the sainted Joe DiMaggio, cited for his "unforgettable record"—hitting into the most double plays in World Series history (10). Mead titles his chapter on the Steinbrenner years "A Trail of Slime" and, in "Great Yankee Humiliations," revels over the Pirates' victory over them in the 1960 Series. Mead also adds poetic vitriol: "So the Pittsburgh team had fulfilled a dream as sweet as the Liberty Bell/And America smiled as Maz's homer condemned the Yankees to Hell." So he's a lousy poet; his heart's in the right place. (Perigee, $5.95, paper)

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