June 03, 1985 12:00 PM

by Dick Lally

Beware—this is for Yankee fans only. The book covers the Yankees from ’65 to ’82, and the lean years, when players had names like Joe Verbanic, Bill Burbach and Dooley Womack, hold the most interest. Like a slow runner trying to stretch a single, veteran sports reporter Dick Lally is given to overreaching metaphors. (Base stealers, he says, regarded catcher Elston Howard’s arm “with the same respect that hamburger has for a meat grinder.”) The book is curiously colorless, but then how could it compete with that real-life soap opera played out on the sports pages every day, All Our Yankees? (Arbor House, $16.95)

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