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Roy White is famous for being an underappreciated Yankee.   Why he doesn’t have his own Yankeeography is beyond me.  But I’m preaching to the choir.  Here at Bronx Banter, we have much love for the quiet Yankee.  White had a fine career and has just written a new book, Then Roy Said to Mickey…The Best Yankee Stories Ever Told

White will be at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair New Jersey tonight at 6:00 p.m.  If you are in the vicinity, be sure to check it out.

* photograph courtesy of Corbis.

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1 Joel   ~  Apr 23, 2009 1:56 pm

I can hear the Scooter saying, "Fly ball left field, that'll be a can of corn for Roy White..."

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:03 pm

Roy White ... a classy Yankee on some very mediocre Yankee teams.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:08 pm

He's the ultimate classy, quiet professional Yankee stereotype. But in his case, as with Willie Randolph, it's true, it's true!

4 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:13 pm

Heck, if not a Yankeeography .... can we track him down for a "CenterStage"?

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:15 pm
6 monkeypants   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:19 pm

He's really one of the last of the generation of players who are very good (but not great), with long careers, all playing for the same team. Had he played a bit longer in the free agency era, I suspect that he would have ended up on several teams. As a kid I remember that he was such a steady fixture with the team.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 23, 2009 2:59 pm

[6] Well put. Roy was one of my favorites. Because Bobby and Thurman were better players, it was hard, as a kid, not to like them better. But Roy was a rock, really the backbone of some pretty bad teams. I don't think there was anyone who didn't both like and respect Roy.

I believe, at the time, Roy set the record for consecutive games in LF without an error.

The Yankees should really do more with, and for, Roy White.

8 jkay   ~  Apr 23, 2009 3:08 pm

From Neil Best/Newsday…


Roy White’s new book, “Then Roy Said to Mickey . . . ” (written with Darrell Berger) focuses in part on the Yankees’ 1965-75 drought, which he experienced firsthand.

9 PJ   ~  Apr 23, 2009 3:50 pm

Loves me some Roy White! He "bridged the gap" from the Mantle era to the Bronx Zoo era more than adequately. In fact, Oscar Gamble and Roy's batting stances more closely resembled Mantle's than anyone before or since.

I took my wife to Yogi's Museum during our NYC trip in '06. I told her we should have a son just so we could send him there to play in that great facility!


10 MichiganYankee   ~  Apr 23, 2009 5:16 pm

Before I saw the cover, I thought that Mickey was Rivers. The two of them both had something to do with Dent's "magic bat" in 1978.

11 PJ   ~  Apr 23, 2009 6:09 pm

[10] If that were so MichiganYankee (if it were Rivers), the title would have been "Then Mickey Said to Roy, and Roy Said, 'Huh?'"

Heh heh...

12 lordbyron   ~  Apr 23, 2009 7:27 pm

Alex - nice post as IMO, Roy was vastly underrated and deserves more recognition for his accomplishments. Above all, he was a class act and
did the Pinstripes justice with both his play and demeanor.

13 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 24, 2009 2:27 am

That certainly looks like its worth a look. I'm too young to have seen Roy play, but he always comes off great when being interviewed on TV

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