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The Bronx Zoo
June 30, 2003
As third baseman Graig Nettles points out in The Bronx Zoo, reliever Sparky Lyle's memoir of the 1978 Yankees, some little boys dream about running away to join the circus, others fantasize about becoming big leaguers. Those Yankees had it both ways. If drama is based on conflict, the '78 Yanks were worthy of Shakespeare. Lyle was coming off a Cy Young season, but owner George Steinbrenner brought in Goose Gossage to supplant him. Reggie Jackson battled Billy Martin, and Lou Piniella battered the clubhouse's 100-cup coffeemaker. Martin resigned as the Yanks fell 14 games behind the Red Sox. Then, of course, the Yanks caught Boston, and Dent became a four-letter word in New England. Could it really be 25 years?
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June 30, 2003

The Bronx Zoo

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As third baseman Graig Nettles points out in The Bronx Zoo, reliever Sparky Lyle's memoir of the 1978 Yankees, some little boys dream about running away to join the circus, others fantasize about becoming big leaguers. Those Yankees had it both ways. If drama is based on conflict, the '78 Yanks were worthy of Shakespeare. Lyle was coming off a Cy Young season, but owner George Steinbrenner brought in Goose Gossage to supplant him. Reggie Jackson battled Billy Martin, and Lou Piniella battered the clubhouse's 100-cup coffeemaker. Martin resigned as the Yanks fell 14 games behind the Red Sox. Then, of course, the Yanks caught Boston, and Dent became a four-letter word in New England. Could it really be 25 years?

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