Gator by Ron Guidry with Andrew Beaton


Ron Guidry with Andrew Beaton

In this compelling first-person account Ron Guidry re-creates the chemistry, feuds and madcap antics of one of the most colorful teams in baseball history.

Legendary New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry recounts his years playing for one of the most storied and celebrated teams in sports history--the world champion New York Yankees during their heyday in the Bronx Zoo years, with manic manager Billy Martin, headline loving owner George Steinbrenner, and an ego-driven all-star cast that included everyone from slugger Reggie Jackson and All star catcher Thurman Munson to Cy Young Award winners Sparky Lyle and Catfish Hunter.

Ron Guidry, known as Gator and Louisiana Lightning to his teammates, quickly rose in 1977 to become the ace of the Yankees' stellar pitching staff, helping the team regarded as the most famous and notorious in Yankee history win the World Series. In 1978, he went 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA and won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, helping to bring home the Yankees' second straight World Series championship. A four-time All Star and five-time Golden Glove winner, he played from 1976 to 1988, served as the Yankees' captain in the 1980s, and remains one of the greatest pitchers in Yankee history. In Gator, Guidry takes us inside the clubhouse to tell us what it was like to play amidst the chaos and almost daily confrontations between Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner, Martin's altercations with star slugger Reggie "the straw that stirs the drink" Jackson. He talks poignantly about the death of Thurman Munson in 1979, and the impact that had on Ron and on the club. He tells stories about players like Lou Pinella, Willie Randolph, Bucky Dent, Catfish Hunter, Chris Chambliss, and Mickey Rivers, and coach Yogi Berra (who in 1984 became the Yankees' manager) and Elston Howard.

Advance Galley Reviews

I grew up watching Gator. Even though I’m not a Yankees fan, I enjoyed this book as a baseball fan. My favorite part was about Yogi Berra.

I've been a baseball fan all my life. I was an avid reader of baseball history books as a kid. This was a nice nostalgic look at the Yankees of my youth and a reminder of why I loved these types of books as a kid. A must read for any baseball fan, even the ones from Boston.

Ok, I’m a Cubs fan. Before that I was a general national league fan born of growing up in an area without a major league team nearby. But above all of that I’m a baseball fan. I love the game. And the Yankees are a big part of that game. If you watched baseball from the mid 70’s to the early 80’s you watched the Yankees because they were simply one of the best teams in baseball. Ron “Louisiana Lightening” Guidry or Gator tells stories from 14 years with the Yankees, including those championship years. Stories about Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, the infamous George Steinbrenner, Catfish Hunter and many others including the great Yogi Berra make this a book any baseball fan can enjoy. I’m sure that being a Yankees fan adds an extra layer of enjoyment in reading this book but you don’t have to be a Yankees fan to appreciate and enjoy this book.

Rod "Gator" / "Louisiana Lightening" Guidry takes us from 1975 to 1988 and beyond in "Gator: My Life in Pinstrips." I'm not your typical baseball fan in 1978, I'm a 12-year girl, who followed the NY Yankees on the radio in the state of VA. This book took me back to the later 1970's early 1980's, names that are so familiar to a Yankee fan - Bucky Dent, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Craig Nettles, Lou Piniella, Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson and of course their Manager, Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner just to name a handful. No Yankee fan will forget the one day play-off game after coming back from 14 games behind the Sox - "Louisiana Lightening" Guidry on the mound pitching and Bucky Dent's two-run homer over the Green Monster of Fenway Park then went on to defeat Kansas City Royals and the LA Dodgers in the World Series. The AL Cy Young winner and co-captain of the Yankees tells of his strong family ties to get him over the a later financial problem and his eventual retirement from playing but not retiring from the Yankees. An amazing friendship with Yogi Berra and the Yankee family. I highly recommend this book if you where a Yankee fan of this time, an amazing story/journey down memory lane. I can only hope that Mr. Guidry still attends Spring Training and enjoys his time in Pinstripes.


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