Welcome YANKEE LEGENDS!

My second baseball book, YANKEE LEGENDS, has been released by Blue River Press in time for holiday shopping. To celebrate the occasion, I look forward to meeting with baseball fans at the Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, NY, site of several signing events last year for the No. 1 bestseller DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT. I will be there from 2-5:30 pm (at least), signing copies of BOTH books. Please buy your copies there and we’ll personalize them on the spot!

Here is that store info: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/1960

The location is central located around the greater NYC area. It is on the Rockland County side of the Tappan Zee Bridge (will always say that bridge name btw), directly across from The Shops of Nanuet. Come in and say hi, and join the discussion as I also finalize my own BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot. I will check my final boxes at the end of that event, and then I will drop my ballot in the mail. Starting obviously with Mariano Rivera, but who else? Andy Pettitte? Drop by!

Look forward to seeing you, and I hope you enjoy this new book. With MUCH APPRECIATION to my researchers Adam and Jason Dore, we put this together on a tight deadline and recreated all the pivotal moments in the history of the greatest franchise in pro sports history. You will be surprised by some of the stories, eager to relive so many others. It was that new pitch that Rivera and Whitey Ford somehow mastered, that extra work at catcher for position players Yogi Berra and Jorge Posada, and the time Miller Huggins won his clubhouse thanks to Jacob Ruppert’s support that quelled an uprising. And this book has a real news peg, too: It is meant to serve as a guide to the 1919-2020 Hall of Fame Induction weekends, which both should set attendance records thanks to Rivera and Derek Jeter in succession. Mo is first and Jeter is second in the rollout of essays in this book, by design. Keep this with you and get it signed! - Mark

Get my new book: http://cardinalpub.com/product/yankee-legends (safest way to get it via online in time for Christmas)

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yankee-legends-mr-mark-newman/1128526885?ean=9781681571317#/

https://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Legends-Pivotal-Moments-Personalities/dp/1681571315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525461688&sr=8-1&keywords=yankees+legends+book+mark+newman

100th Store Signing!

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UPDATED: Book Tour through 105 signings

I have spent 30-plus years covering major sports milestones, from Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game to Mark McGwire's 62nd homer to Ken Griffey Jr.'s 500th blast and much more. Today, I  enjoyed being on the GETTING IT DONE end of a major milestone, as the 100th store signing of #DiamondsFromTheDugout happened at Barnes & Noble in Athens, Georgia. Thanks to Pat, Tyler and the team there for being so gracious and taking the money pic of Bingley and me.

Athens was the choice for this milestone, because my english bulldog has been there the whole way this past year of promoting a No. 1 bestselling baseball book. It has taken hard work, a lot of miles through snow and rain, marketing yourself no matter who your publisher is. That was the first advice I received from a good friend and author: You are your marketer. Be creative. I invented the #BarnesandNobleStormingTour, starting with a Saturday last winter in which Bingley and I hit nine BN stores in the state of Connecticut, and we took it from there. I don't know of any other author who has done that...it's ours, and it reached a big milestone today!

This of course is the home of the most famous english bulldog of them all, Uga, the University of Georgia iconic mascot. We went from the store signing to the campus and took pics at the Dawgs' stadium, with lots of Uga imagery everywhere you look. Now the Southern States Tour goes on, next to Tennessee and into the Smokies.

Check out the tour page here for more info, as I will be updating it soon. Thanks! - Mark

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Seven of the greatest All-Star hits

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Happy All-Star Week! In the many years of compiling stories from baseball legends for #DiamondsFromTheDugout, I ran across seven examples of stories from Midsummer Classics. The book is based on the lessons extracted from all of the interviews, and there were some good ones that came from the All-Star hits. Remember, the central question in our book is: "What hit meant the most to you and why?"

Ralph Kiner: 1950 at Comiskey Park. HR in ninth off Art Houtteman sends game into extras, then NL wins. “We turned the evolution of the American League winning into the National League at that time.”

Maury Wills: 1966 in St. Louis. Walk-off single off Pete Richert as a snubbed pinch-hitter gives NL a 2-1 win in the 10th, and he walks back to Chase Park Plaza hotel and “laughed all the way, with joy.” Wills repeatedly said in our interview that he believes he was blackballed in the 1960s by fellow players who voted for starters then, because of bitterness over his base-stealing. “I’ve never mentioned it. I don’t feel too good about it. It’s the same with the Hall of Fame. . . . I’ll live with it. But I won’t live peacefully with it.”

Tony Perez: 1967 in Anaheim. Doesn’t enter his first-ever All-Star Game until 10th inning, but HR off Catfish Hunter in the top of the 15th wins game and MVP honors. “It’s special because I didn’t start the game. . . . That means from the beginning through the bottom of the ninth, I never was in that game.”

  * Testimonials for #DiamondsFromTheDugout *

John Mayberry: 1973 in Kansas City. Double off former Minors teammate Wayne Twitchell and then a standing O from hometown fans. “I had been wanting to play in the All-Star Game my whole life. I dreamed of it. I got into the game, and played the whole game, actually.”

Tony Gwynn: 1994 in Pittsburgh. Two-run double to left off David Cone after anticipating a forkball. In the roundtable interview I did with him and Stan Musial in St. Louis (along with Sporting News editor John Rawlings), Gwynn said: “Lots of times I stand on first or second and just (wonder), ‘Where did that come from?’” Musial replied: “Yeah, I know what you’re talking about.”

  * #DiamondsFromTheDugout is in the Hall of Fame! *

Frank Thomas: 1995 in Arlington. HR off John Smiley, “crushed” to a luxury suite way up the left field line in the Rangers’ new Mall Ball venue, after winning HR Derby. “Coming into the game, you just felt very dangerous. I know I felt dangerous after winning the Home Run Derby.”

Miguel Tejada: 2005 in Detroit. HR off John Smoltz secures MVP. “It meant more to me than the Home Run Derby (which he won a year earlier). The Derby was all for me. The All-Star Game was for my team.”

Order your copy of the No. 1 bestseller today!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HeO4W5
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2g1uXCM
Official: marknewmanbooks.com

We're in the Hall of Fame!

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A month before the induction of six players for the Class of 2018, #DiamondsFromTheDugout was given the honor of leading off the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's 2018 Authors Series schedule. This prestigious annual series showcases top baseball books, and "Diamonds" features more than 40 Hall of Famers among the 115 baseball legends in its pages.

Thank you so much to the entire Hall of Fame staff for your hospitality, as this national No. 1 bestseller is now officially in the museum! On June 6, I gave a 45-minute presentation in the 55-seat bullpen theater, using their state-of-the-art large screen and podium computer to show pictures, videos, quotes and facts related to the book's stars, then signed copies in the Library Atrium. Patrons can find signed copies throughout this summer in the Museum Bookstore.

This book came full circle with this event, held in the same wing of the hallowed institution where it all began during my coverage of the historic 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend for MLB.com. I remember setting out that Monday to write a book about 3,000 random hits, and then Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson telling me that same year about the one hit that had meant the most in his life. Brooks provided the Foreword for this book. Buy it now

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Next stop Cooperstown!

Here is the Baseball Hall of Fame's official press release announcing their Summer Authors Series. I will be leading off the schedule of 14 baseball books with HOF themes, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6. There will be a discussion using the big-screen presentation system inside the Bullpen Theater adjacent to the plaque Gallery room. Then I will sign copies of #DiamondsFromTheDugout in the Library Atrium. The event will be listed on the Schedule that patrons receive when they enter the Hall of Fame that day! Hope you can join in! - Mark

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Special reader alert

 Future Hall of Famer Noah Lawson

Future Hall of Famer Noah Lawson

Shoutout to Noah Lawson, a pitcher and third baseman in Kansas City who will be packing his own signed copy of #DiamondsFromTheDugout when he and his team head for Cooperstown next month for an awesome tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame! I am told that Noah has read the book, has been sharing chapters on the lessons with some teammates, and is “packing the book so he can continue to read to the players.”

Not only that, but I am told “that he hopes you are still alive when he gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame so you can write a chapter on him.” Alas, I doubt I will still be one of the 500 or so BBWAA voters if and when he appears on the ballot in a few decades (Class of 2040?), but those are the kind of positive vibes you will get if you read this book based on my interviews with 115 legends.

Noah, make sure your teammates, coaches and family/friends pick up a signed copy of their own when they visit the Hall of Fame! I will be there at 1 pm ET on Wednesday, June 6, to lead off the annual Hall of Fame Authors Series. An hour-long discussion of #DiamondsFromTheDugout will happen in the Bullpen Theater that day, followed immediately by a signing session in the Library Atrium.

Anyone shopping for Father’s Day, remember what Cal Ripken Jr. called this book “the perfect gift for any fan.”

Official Site: http://marknewmanbooks.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Diamonds-Dugout-Baseball-Remember-Greatest/dp/168157067X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515423268&sr=8-1&keywords=diamonds+from+the+dugout

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diamonds-from-the-dugout-mark-newman/1127118680?ean=9781681570679#/

Hall of Fame Authors Series

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DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT has just reached another important milestone, as we can now announce that the No. 1 baseball bestseller is headed into the Hall of Fame!

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has selected 14 baseball books for its prestigious Authors Series this year in Cooperstown. We will be leading off this year’s schedule with a speaking and signing event at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6. Save the date and please share this post with baseball fans!

I will be talking about DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT in the Hall’s 55-seat Bullpen Theater, which is adjacent to the hallowed Gallery of plaques. That means crowds of visitors to the Hall that day will see the appearance listed on the official Schedule of Events brochure they receive when they walk through the admission gate. Fans can come and go during the event.

The theater, which features dramatic murals of great relief pitchers on its walls, has a giant video screen, with a computer built into the top of the podium for presentation fun. 

All programs throughout the Authors Series will be immediately followed by a signing in the Library Atrium. Whether you are there that day or are attending the Hall later in the summer, you will be able to find signed copies of DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT!

The Hall of Fame Bookstore is loaded with great books devoted to Hall of Famers. That element was a criteria to be included in this Authors Series, and our book certainly qualifies! Brooks Robinson, the impetus for my decade-long journey of discovery with 115 legends, wrote the Foreword. He is among at least 40 Hall of Famers who are involved in the work, which answers the question: “What hit meant the most to you and why?”

The June 6 event will be great timing for DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT because the book is an ideal Father’s Day (also Mother’s Day!) gift and it will allow us to showcase it in the days leading up to that. The next month, the following respondents in the book will be among the Hall inductees: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Alan Trammell and Bob Costas (Frick winner).

I invite you to join us on June 6 for this special event, a great time to explore the Hall! The Hall of Fame will be making the official announcement in the days ahead. 

(Here was last year’s Authors Series, to give you an idea: )

Visit the Hall of Fame at baseballhall.org

 See you right here!

See you right here!

Barnes & Noble Nanuet event

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Barnes & Noble Nanuet meet and greet on Saturday, March 31 -- the first weekend of the 2018 baseball season! It was my second meet and greet at that great bookstore, and my 92nd store signing of the No. 1 baseball bestseller #DiamondsFromTheDugout. Please keep an eye on the book tour here, and save the date for my appearance on Sunday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm ET at the Barnes & Noble Poughkeepsie. It's their Local Authors Weekend and I am delighted that DFTD is part of it! Let me know if you want a signed copy in the immediate future as we can make that happen! Please be sure to like the Facebook page and follow instagram.com/marknewmanauthor. Thanks to all of the great readers who have gotten behind this book in such great numbers, and here's a little slideshow of the latest event. - Mark

The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

Greatly appreciate this review by Lance Smith, one of the operators of a very popular Goodreads baseball book group!

"...not only were the hits memorable but so is this book."

"...a long and interesting journey of stories that are wonderfully written and fun to read."

"...this book should be on the bookshelf of every baseball fan, no matter the age, favorite player or team or what era of the game the reader follows."

A word from Edgar

It has been my honor to vote for Edgar Martinez with my Hall of Fame ballot, and I can't wait to see him go into Cooperstown in 2019, his 10th and final year of eligibility. It has also been my honor to include him at the start of #DiamondsFromTheDugout. So you can imagine my elation when this tweet popped up on Edgar's Twitter page. Thanks, Gar! #mariners

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Thank you, MLBPAA!

Brooks Robinson's story about one hit that meant the most, and his Foreword, were big reasons that #DiamondsFromTheDugout became the No. 1 bestselling baseball book. I am so thankful to him and to everyone at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (here's how you can help) for everything they do to help players and to spread goodwill throughout communities. Special thanks to Nikki and Max for making my job easier, and for promoting the book on MLBPAA social accounts. You guys are the best. - Mark

Click here for the MLBPAA Facebook post!

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50th BN store signing!

The #DiamondsFromTheDugout USA book tour page is updated with the milestone 50th Barnes & Noble store signing, and thanks to my wife Lisa for the awesome cake! Thanks to everyone who braved record cold to join us at BN Palisades Center mall north of NYC. We raised money for Clarkstown Family Resource Center, helping students who need a lift. Here's a photo album from Saturday's event!

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No. 1 Bestselfies

What's a No. 1 bestselling book without some No. 1 bestselfies along the way? As a thanks for helping this book top the charts, we thought you might enjoy this slideshow of some of our faves. Please keep adding yours on social media and use the #DiamondsFromTheDugout hashtag. Thanks!

Minneapolis CBS Radio WCCO

Congrats to my friend Lindsay Guentzel for landing the new gig at WCCO, the legendary CBS Radio affiliate in Minneapolis. I was honored to come on her show this past Saturday night and talk about how #DiamondsFromTheDugout really all begin one summer day in 1962 at a Minnesota Twins home game in Bloomington, Minn. -- with Jim Kaat's teeth knocked out that day I sat as a 2-year-old in the Twins player wives section. We also talked about the current Turnaround Twins, plus the Vikings, because I'm a Vikes fan going back to Alan Page, Carl Eller and the Purple People Eaters days.

Ready for January 6!

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Here's the new display at Barnes & Noble Palisades Center mall, ready for the big #DiamondsFromTheDugout author event and bookfair at 2 pm ET on Saturday, Jan. 6! I'll discuss the No. 1 bestselling baseball book and sign copies, and the bookfair will benefit the Clarkstown Family Resource Center - part of the massive Clarkstown School District. I'll stay there until about 5, so there will be plenty of time to sign, but get there early if you want to catch a baseball discussion. If you're in the NYC area that day, come out and join us, for a good cause! See the book tour page for the latest updates on official author events and the #BarnesandNobleStormingTour.

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MLB Network Radio 12/16 & 12/23

It was a pleasure to spend the last three consecutive weekends talking DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT and baseball on MLB Network Radio, and that included an unprecedented doubleheader of sorts over the last two Saturdays on the SiriusXM network's "Remember When" show. The first audio clip here is from my Dec. 16 appearance with legendary NYC broadcaster Ed Randall, who was without fellow host and career-long Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli. (By the way, the segment immediately followed Alvin & The Chipmunks and their holiday hit, providing context to the introductory comments.) The second audio clip is an encore return so that I could ask Rico for his thoughts about Yaz's story in the book, from the 1967 AL pennant-clinching game. Listen to that one, and you'll even get bonus material not in the book, because Rico gave me his own No. 1 hit.

No. 1 Bestseller!

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DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT was listed today at No. 1 on the Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestseller list for Baseball, and it has moved up to #13 in Sports, passing Tom Brady & Shalene Flanagan. Thanks to everyone who is enjoying this new book from me and Blue River Press, with a Foreword and inspiration from the great Brooks Robinson. See the BN Sports Top 100.

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Thanks to the Grandyman

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I interviewed Curtis Granderson during the 2016 World Series in his hometown of Chicago, the morning after he received the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for his humanitarian efforts, especially helping children. He was giving a tour of the new University of Illinois-Chicago sports facility that he made possible with an endowment. After that interview, I asked him what hit meant the most to him and why, and the result is on page 37 of DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT. I hope you will enjoy Curtis' offering, complete with a powerful everyday life lesson. I extend my thanks to the Dodgers' left fielder, a 300-double, 300-homer club member and postseason regular, for the kind book recommendation that he posted on Twitter!

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 Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue signing on Dec. 21, 2017

Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue signing on Dec. 21, 2017

Wednesday's signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn was the 39th BN store across the country I have hit on the DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT book tour since our October launch, and Thursday was the milestone 40th at the BN Fifth Avenue location at 46th Street. You can visit the Book Tour page here at marknewmanbooks.com/tour and see the stops.

Thanks to all of the amazing BN team members I have met along the way, starting with our launch at the Evansville (IN) location, followed by The Grove in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale and St. Louis and New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delware visits as well. That's a lot of signed copies of the book Cal Ripken called "the perfect gift for any baseball fan," and I also want to say thanks for everyone who has gone to those stores and snapped them up! Please make sure you like the official Facebook page at facebook.com/MarkNewmanAuthor and follow instagram.com/marknewmanauthor so we can share our experiences with the book!

 Signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2017

Signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2017