Fiction: Sports

A Lifetime of Yankee Octobers

Written by: Sal Maiorana

Published By: Gale Cengage

Reviewed by Dorothy Doremus

            Joesph Kimmerle lived a life most of us only could have imagined.  From 1923 through 2001, Joe has seen every New York Yankees World Series either on the field, as a batboy, a reporter or as a personal consultant to Joe Torre.  It all began with Joe’s father, a shoemaker who was obsessed with the Yankees.  He took his son to his first game on April 23, 1923 and history was made.  Joe’s father was the shoemaker to the New York Yankees, his store right across the street from the stadium.  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and countless others were his loyal customers, not only because he was the best, but because Joe’s father was a true friend to these men. 

            Babe Ruth had become a regular dinner guest and took a liking to Joe.  The Babe got Joe his position as a Yankee Bat Boy.  As Joe got older, he became a sports reporter for the Bronx Home News (now the New York Post) where, thanks to his insider status with the team, he became the exclusive New York Yankees cover guy.  Joe was always fair despite his friendship with the team members – he had a job to do. 

            Joe Kimmerle retired as a reporter just as his friend Joe Torre became head skipper of the Yankees and was in need of a consultant.  Torre called Kimmerle in to be that person.  You see, Joe Kimmerle had seen Joe Torre playing baseball with his nephew and made certain he was at all of Torre’s games whenever time allowed.  When Torre asked, Kimmerle accepted and it was history in the making all over again. 

            I still can’t believe I found A Lifetime of Yankee Octobers in the bargain bin for only $5.99 at Barnes & Noble.  I think this was a steal!  The novel takes you from the early 1920s to the 2000 World Series Sal Maiorana writes the tale of Joe Kimmerle’s life with so much detail that one might find it hard to believe that this is actually a work of fiction.  The writing was such that I found myself looking forward to beginning each chapter.  I loved the attention to detail Maiorana exhibited when discussing each player, their hits and errors. 

            So, if you happen to have the luck to find this book on a shelf, even at full price, buy it.  You will not be disappointed. 


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