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Overview The acclaimed relief pitcher shares his frequently bitter memories of the Yankees' championship 1978 season, one marred by various feuds and much infighting, alternating with irreverent anecdotes about his eccentric superstar teammates, managers, and owners. Reprint.
Publishers Description "This" bestselling, highly-acclaimed account is a hilarious but scathing baseball tell-all. After being voted the 1977 American League Cy Young Award winner, Sparky Lyle was rewarded for his efforts by being benched. The Yankees, a leader of free agency, signed Goose Gossage as their closer. Things only went downhill from there and the 1978 season turned out to be one of controversy, firings, fights and acrimony. In short, it was a zoo.
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Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 136
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Sparky Lyle is a former left-handed relief pitcher who spent 16 seasons in Major League Baseball. A three-time All-Star, he won the American League Cy Young Award in 1977. He was most famous for coauthoring "The Bronx Zoo," a 1979 tell-all book that chronicled the dissension within the Yankees in its World Series Championship seasons of 1977 and 1978. Peter Golenbock is a sports journalist and author.
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A Great Account! Dec 22, 2008
It's nice to finally read a book written on the level of a true baseball fan. Honestly, until I got the book, I had no idea that it was written by Sparky Lyle. But that made it even better --- knowing that it was all coming from a firsthand source. The descriptions of the antics make you laugh. The seriousness about the business of the game makes you think. But the memories make it all come together. Hearing about all the things we remember about the players, and hearing about the things we never heard about the players makes the book an interesting read. It was a unique time for the Yankees, with a bunch of characters that make the book title work!
great start, late swoon Sep 11, 2008
Certainly this book starts off great and is compulsive reading - a little biography and some juicy stuff there on spring training and contract negotiations with Steinbrenner. Later we have some amusing anecdotes of various Animal House type ballpark pranks, many of which are pretty funny (the old nail the shoes to the floor comeback for instance) and which might have you reminiscing back to your teamsports days. And then - boom, nothing more. Just more of the same, in more abbreviated form, until we get to the playoff with Boston and then five pages later it's "We won the World Series, I'm glad we did, book over". What this book is really a testament too is that Sparky was a bit of a strange cat, who mailed it in halfway through a season, because he didn't want to be used as a long reliever, even thought he was being paid a handsome wage and playing on the best team in baseball, for the most famous club in baseball. And then he wrote a book about it, as a kind of therapeutic justification for being an 'ss.....
A Great Read, But Golenbock Is A Lazy Author Oct 14, 2006
First, the problems with the reprint of the best-seller that opened up a wealth of first-person accounts of those wild years with the Yankees:
* Sparky Lyle was not in favor of having the book reissued; * There is not any new material and the typographical mistakes remain from the first edition; * Unless you followed baseball in the 1970s or have an appreciation of baseball history, you may have trouble following the personalities and situations chronicled.
My rating is based on the controversy that exploded surrounding Lyle's candid accounts of the crazy 1978 season. Lyle does not shy away from the seemingly daily madness of The Boss, Reggie, Billy, and the closer wars of Goose and the co-author. It makes the stuff that swirled around the 2006 Yankees seem like agate type for the tabloids.
In the spring, Peter Golenbock was pushing the book pretty hard on local and national sports talk shows. I wish he would have done more than just put a nearly 30 year old sports book back in print.
But even the professional laziness of Golenbock cannot lesson the importance that book had in chronicling the Yankees and on Lyle's pitching career. The following season, Lyle was on the mound for the Texas Rangers.
Damn Yankees Apr 27, 2006
Who knew that Sparky Lyle could be this funny? "The Bronx Zoo" is hilarious, but it's also a voyeuristic glimpse into the genuine, human world of baseball. Our sports figures are so lionized, it's easy to forget they are men with strange superstitions, nervous habits, and sometimes hysterical traits they try to hide when the eyes of the world are upon them. Lyle writes with a surprisingly crisp and engaging style as he describes the behind the scenes chaos of the Yankees 1978 season. Here are the famed Yanks in all their human nature, sometimes ugly, sometimes odious, almost always entertaining. Even casual baseball feels will get a sinful thrill out of viewing these superstars in the less than glorious world of the locker room. Baseball greats are humanized as Lyle tells the story of strange behavior with socks, devious practical jokes, and teammates struggling with language barriers. As the Yankees go, so goes baseball, it sometimes seem. This is a book that will titillate fans of the game today even though the names have changed. And in a day when scandal and big money seem to be the themes of the sport, "The Bronx Zoo" is a refreshing reminder that the game is played by grown up boys and it is, after all, only a game.
Great Read . . Mar 22, 2006
Though I grew up a total Yankee Hater (and was 15 yrs old when this season took place), the book ranks right up there with "Thin Ice - A Season in Hell with the New York Rangers" as a top quality read for a baseball focus. Probably the best thing about this book is how Golenbock and Lyle are able to put a real personal touch to some of the Yanks that played on that team that year. Nettles is a total cut-up, Munson is a real gamer, Jackson is a media hog, Billy Martin is part psychotic and part genius, and Ron Guidry is the quiet, yet dominating athlete that just goes out and does his job. Some of the more amusing antedotes are the ones involving Fritz Peterson in Lyle's earlier days, and Rawley Eastwick's escapades in the present day. Previous reviews talk about Lyle being "whiny", and I can agree with that perception. It's kind of hard to relate to someone complaining about his stature in life as a professional baseball player, when Joe Schmoe is out there trying to eeke out a living doing whatever. But I have to admit that if you had won a Cy Young the previous year before and all of a sudden was relegated to "mop-up" status, it would be a blow to one's pride. But the book does hit its mark on one thing . .the perception of George Steinbrenner is TOTALLY dead-on.