With the passing of Lawrence Peter Berra at age 90 after a life well lived, all kinds of tributes, memories, flashbacks about the man continue to surface. I actually met up with him in the Astrodome, in Shea Stadium, at Yankee Stadium. Three times.
1. Pete Rozelle hung out in a Miami Hotel men’s room for a couple of hours and adjusted his tie, looked away, washed his hands whenever anyone entered. He later guessed that he had washed his hands 35 times while waiting before he got the news — at 33 he … Continue reading
This is a well-executed retelling of the game and its surroundings from all points of view: officials, coaches, players, the media, and even fans. Among the narrative’s best parts are the late Stram’s detailed recollections from an unpublished manuscript made available to the author from Stram’s son. Verdict: Consistently fascinating, … Continue reading