THE AUTHOR: David Fischer
THE RATING: 3.75-out-of-5
THE PUBLISHER: Triumph Books in 2012
This book is a collection of 100 stories, that as the title suggests, Yankees fans should probably know and do if they consider themselves Yankees fans.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first when I got this book primarily because I wondered how much I would learn about a team I already knew so much about. To a lesser extent I feared I might not agree with some of the things he thought were important.
A quick glance through the table of contents relieved my fear that he might pick frivolous things. Fischer came up with quite an impressive list of 100 things that both covers all of the important bases and incorporates a bit of creativity.
I also found that even though I picked up the book already knowing a lot about the Yankees lore it is still interesting and engaging. I certainly think the book will bring more value and entertainment to younger fans or those who might not know about the Yankees rich past. However, each passage was a good length where it did a good job providing enough information to be compelling without going to in depth where it bored you with stuff you already knew. I found myself much more often being pleasantly surprised by a story I thought I already knew about than being bored of hearing the same thing all over again.
Perhaps the best part of the book is that it is easy to read. I found that I read through the first 30 chapters to start and then began jumping around from chapter to chapter just trying to find out about specific things I wanted to read about. Then before I knew it I was out of chapters.
SUMMARY: It’s an informative book, easy to read, but I couldn’t give it a better score just because there is a big portion of die hard Yankees fans that might want something a little more in depth. This book is perfect for those who love reading about the tradition of the Yankees, but don’t know too much about it or those who just love to re-live the old stories.