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Author: Lou Piniella, Bill Madden Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062674838
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In this candid, revealing, and entertaining memoir, the beloved New York Yankee legend looks back over his nearly fifty-year career as a player and a manager, sharing insights and stories about some of his most memorable moments and some of the biggest names in Major League Baseball.

For nearly five decades, Lou Piniella has been a fixture in Major League Baseball, as an outfielder with the legendary New York Yankees of the 1970s, and as a manager for five teams in both the American and National leagues. With respected veteran sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella now reflects on his storied career, offering fans a glimpse of life on the field, in the dugout, and inside the clubhouse.

Piniella speaks from the heart about his teams and his players, offering a detailed, up-close portrait of the Bronx Zoo’s raucous personalities such as Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter, as well as his close friendship with Thurman Munson and his unusual relationship with George Steinbrenner. He also delves deep into his post-Yankee experiences, from winning a World Series for the controversial owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott, to transforming the perennial cellar-dwelling Seattle Mariners into one of the league’s best teams. Some of the game’s brightest stars are here: Ken Griffey Jr, Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodriguez, Piniella’s supremely talented and controversial protégé.

Throughout his time in the majors, Piniella has witnessed MLB grow into a multi-billion-dollar business. Piniella reflects on those changes, voicing his highly critical opinions on a range of controversial subjects, including steroids. Hilarious and uproarious, filled with eight pages of photos, Lou brings into focus a man whose deeply rooted passion for baseball has defined his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Red Sox fans hated the Yankees but they loved, and feared, Lou Piniella. And now Piniella is telling his life story with Bill Madden, who told the story of Lou’s first ‘Boss’ so perfectly in Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball. It’s a Hall of Fame book about a baseball life, nicely framing four great decades of the national pastime.”

    Dan Shaughnessy

  • “As both a player and manager, there are not many who have led a baseball life as eventful as Lou Piniella’s, and together with Bill Madden, Lou has covered every bit of it here. The triumphs and turmoil with the Yankees. The successes and setbacks as a manager. The passion and distinctive personality that made him one of the game’s most interesting and colorful figures. It’s all here, a sweet baseball life as told to a Hall of Fame baseball writer.”

    Bob Costas

  • “Lou Piniella was one of the smartest and gutsiest managers I’ve ever known and I watched him close up with four different teams. He was also one of the funniest, and this book combines both.”

    Bill Parcells

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About the Author

Lou Piniella played sixteen full seasons in the Major Leagues, eleven of them for the New York Yankees. Prior to joining the Yankees, he appeared briefly in the big leagues for the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians, and five seasons with the Kansas City Royals. As a manager, Piniella led the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Chicago Cubs and is fourteenth on the list of all-time MLB managerial wins. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

About the Narrator

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has received the National Book Award, written numerous novels, short stories, plays, and essays. He has been a political activist and as Democratic candidate for Congress from upstate New York, he received the most votes of any Democrat in a half-century.