An Ideal gift for Father's Day, "Call the Yankees My Daddy: Notes on Baseball and Family"

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In his new book, an award-winning journalist and former New York Yankees beat writer reflects on his lifelong allegiance to the team, through good times and bad, and addresses pertinent issues in baseball.

"Call the Yankees My Daddy" (Infinity Publishing, $14.95, is about baseball and family and the memories that define human experience.

"This book is fantastic. Wonderful. Personal. Honest. Hard-hitting." - Gary Axelbank, New York City TV talk-show host

Imagine becoming a Yankees' beat writer only to experience firsthand how difficult team owner George Steinbrenner can be. Imagine being a reporter at Yankee Stadium on the night your favorite team wins the World Series and having to suppress your joy. Imagine having two of your team's best players embroiled in the steroid controversy that threatens baseball's integrity and cherished individual records.

Players may change but baseball endures - to form a bond between father and sons and between brothers in the author's household, and to provide a salve after the loss of loved ones.

Author Cecil Harris tells you why:

  • The 2005 Yankees, despite a major-league record $200 million payroll, are a deeply flawed team and no cinch to make the playoffs;
  • Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy is a joke;
  • The 1996 world champion Yankees was the easiest Yankees team to love;
  • Covering the Yankees, the team for which he rooted since childhood, was not a dream job; and
  • His father, a Baptist minister who introduced him to baseball when he was five, never became a Yankees fan.

Cecil Harris served as the New York Yankees beat writer for Gannett Newspapers in Westchester County, New York. He also covered sports for the New York Post, Newsday, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, The Indianapolis Star, The Sporting News and The Hockey News. He covered the 1996 Olympic Games for Gannett News Service and USA Today. At Urban Box Office Network, he managed Web sites devoted to Venus and Serena Williams and Marion Jones. He also wrote "Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey" (Insomniac Press). A graduate of Fordham University, Harris lives in Yonkers, New York.

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