The Bookshelf Review: The Little Book of Yankees Evil

January 27, 2014 · 8 comments Brook Zelcer and Jelena Aleksich. Self-published, $17. (

A little book gets a little review.

Zelcer, a New Jersey school teacher, compiles a list of almost 50 crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the hated (by some) franchise, either as an organization (when it “steals the design for the famous interlocking NY logo from a police medal) or individual (Ben Chapman going full anti-Semite on the Senators’ Buddy Myer — and Yankees fans — in 1933).

Each event is given a appropriately amusing headline and is accompanied by Aleksich’s catchy infographics-style artwork (art, again? Oy.)

I’m no Yankee fan, by any means, but the Mets are no angels either when it comes down to it. They’ve had their share of racial issues (George Foster) and anti-social behavior (Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagn, David Cone).

And it’s probably not a New York thing either. I bet a Chicago Cubs devotee could do a similar book about the White Sox (or vice versa). Goodness knows here’s enough political corruption to go around.

Nevertheless, Yankees Evil is a fun and hip offering.

As is becoming the case more and more over the past few years, Zelcer also has a blog associated with his book. At least for the time being. As you might know by visiting my blog for 501 Baseball Books, these things take a lot of care and feeding, but there are only so many hours in the day.


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