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    New Yankee Stadium History Book

    Dear Friends,

    After 10 years of research and writing, "Babe's Place: The Lives of Yankee Stadium," is finally published!!!

    I mailed copies of the book to family, the New York Yankees, the Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, libraries, and other sources. At this time I have 40 copies for sale.

    It's hardcover and is 8 1/2"x11," weighs over 4 pounds, and has 511 pages. "Babe's Place" covers the history of the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium. It contains 151 photos of the 1970s renovation. Some are in color. There are also 88 non-Yankee Stadium renovation photos. This includes some color and non-color photos of the Yankees at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975. There are 30 color photos in the book. Most of the photos are 3 3/4" x 4 3/4". That's 239 photos.

    There are also 212 responses by former baseball players, umpires, baseball executives, and others as to how they feel about the renovation of Yankee Stadium.

    I plan to have another printing of the book in February or March of 2013. The research is solid, and I enjoyed putting this book together.

    For anyone interested in purchasing a copy, I am accepting checks or money orders for $50. The book is $45., plus postage of $5. via the U.S. Post Office. I am not set up for credit cards, Pay Pal, etc.

    Please mail to: Michael Wagner
    3809 S. General Bruce Drive, Suite103
    PMB #192
    Temple, TX 76502

    To reserve a copy, please e-mail me at yankeeswinws@yahoo.com

    I'd be happy to sign it if you wish. If anyone would like it inscribed, please let me know, and include the recipient of the inscription.

    I am also accepting applications for a book agent to have "Babe's Place" published, promoted, and distributed on a national level.

    Thank you.

    Mike Wagner

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    Here is the link to the Facebook page created for the book.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babe-...25898774113877

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wagner View Post
    Here is the link to the Facebook page created for the book.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babe-...25898774113877
    Hey Mike, I'm getting the "page not found" message for that link.
    This one seems to work: Babe Ruth: "Babe's Place: The Lives of Yankee Stadium"

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    Dear BSmile,

    Yes, the bottom one is correct. I looked at your Tumblr blog. You have a lot of rare and wonderful photos. I like the one
    at the top right with Babe wearing a colored Yankees cap. I didn't know Babe was buried in October 1948. I always thought it was August. You must be one of the top Babe Ruth experts in the country.

    -Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wagner View Post
    Dear BSmile,

    Yes, the bottom one is correct. I looked at your Tumblr blog. You have a lot of rare and wonderful photos. I like the one
    at the top right with Babe wearing a colored Yankees cap. I didn't know Babe was buried in October 1948. I always thought it was August. You must be one of the top Babe Ruth experts in the country.

    -Mike
    Thanks Mike...
    Yeah, the pic of Babe with the blue cap (my Tumblr avatar) is a pic that I colorized myself.
    I don't know if I'm actually one of the top experts on The Babe, but it sure does seem like I learn something new all the time.
    Cheers!
    ~B
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    If you're a Yankees fan, ballpark buff or you're obsessed with all things Yankee Stadium, this book is for you. The book is big, not fancy looking, but it packs a ton of information. Mike gives a history of the Stadium's original construction and some of the baseball events through the years, but his main focus is the mid-70's renovation. This topic may have a somewhat narrow interest, but it's something that's been overlooked and unreported on for years. Through interviews with the men that worked on the project Mike is able to give us the nuts and bolts of the project. The guys that were actually on-site, planning and doing the hands-on work, give us an understanding of how and why things were done. Whether you like the results of the renovation or not, it did prolong Yankee Stadium's life by 32 years. The best part of the book are Mikes own photos, several hundred of them, which serve as a visual progress report from 1973-76. Now if we can only convince Ross Lewis to make his 13,000 photos from the same era available to us.
    Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...

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    I received my copy today in the mail from Mike and it is an outstanding addition to the works on Yankee history, filling an important gap in team history! The photos mixed in, both color and B/W helped illustrate the hard information tremendously. THis is most worthy of receiving a wider publication and distribution and best of luck in achieving that!

    There were two items on page 111 that jumped out at me. It says that Jay Schwall "couldn't give away" a safe used by the Yankees since 1903 so it was sold as scrap. Was he aware of the fact that Marty Appel, was trying to make sure that safe was saved so it could still be used by the team? Marty talks about this in both of his books about how he wanted to make sure it was saved since it was literally the last item left that dated from the Highlanders era and thus from his standpoint merited being saved. If Schwall had it taken away it's tragic that the signals were missed on that point because I'm sure if Marty had gotten in touch with him, this would have been rescued as it should have been.

    Also on page 111, "Many black and white taped Yankee games ended up in the heap as well." Does this refer to films and videotapes of game broadcasts and telecasts? If so, that's another tragic loss for baseball history that need not have happened if someone had been on the ball given how little exists visually of game broadcasts of this era.

    All in all, an outstanding effort and thanks for giving me a great afternoon and evening going through this wonderful book!

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