Positive Previews for “The Least Among Them”

My new book on the history of the Yankees titled The Least Among Them is getting some great early reviews.

This book is available for pre-order now and will be released in early October 2021.

The following is the latest press release from my publisher, Artemesia Publishing:

“(The Least Among Them) is the ultimate insider book.” – Marty Appel

“This charming and meticulously researched book will remind you of baseball’s power to change and enrich lives far beyond the diamond.” – Jonathan Eig

The Least Among Them is a most special baseball book that looks at the New York Yankees history in an original, unique, and never before written manner. Throughout their history, the New York Yankees have been defined by the legends and the successes of their most famous players. But, as part of their long history, the Yankees have also fielded players that have become lost to history. This book is those players’ story, telling the unique histories of the men whose entire major league baseball career lasted but a single game with that game being played as a New York Yankee. While these players may be forgotten, their stories are compelling. Filled with a unique Yankee history, single game stats, and a love of baseball, The Least Among Them tells the story of baseball’s most successful franchise in an entirely new way.

The following are some of the early reviews of this very special book:

What people are saying about The Least Among Them:

       “True Yankee fans, those who have attained a virtual Ph.D. level of fandom, can address each other in code.  They can say “34” and know they are referring to Tony Kubek’s rookie uniform number.  So now comes this, perhaps the ultimate insider book.  If you say ‘Loyd Colson’ to a Yankee fan and get a knowing wink in return, with a reminder that there is only one ‘L’ in Loyd, you know you are talking to someone worthy.  Otherwise, send them home to read Paul Semendinger’s book of one-game wonders and tell them not to return until they have mastered it.  Only then can they write ‘Ph.D. NYY’ after their names.” Marty Appel, Yankee historian and former team executive, and author of Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.

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“Forget Babe, Lou, and the Mick for a moment, and enjoy the stories of Honey, Rugger, and Clem. This charming and meticulously researched book will remind you of baseball’s power to change and enrich lives far beyond the diamond.” Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Man, Opening Day, and Ali: A Life

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“The most impressive scholarship on the Yankees I have read, The Least Among Them literally fills the gaping hole between biographies of famous Yankees of world fame and national attention, like “Dinner with DiMaggio,” with genuinely profound sketches of lesser-known Yankees who could have nudged the likes of the Yankee Clipper but could not. It reads like a good novel. It’s a page turner mainly because the writing is superb, the scholarship involved impeccable, and the author sticks to his narrative in spite of a bewildering history of Minor, Major and international League involvement of his many profiles. It is a back door history: we get the origin of the Seventh Inning Stretch, three fingered ball players, a history of varied “Docs” (ball players with that nickname and why) and other social histories. If you are a Yankee fan, and want a good read, The Least Among Them is a mandatory purchase.” Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano, award-winning authors of Dinner With DiMaggio

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“Paul Semendinger cleverly unravels New York Yankees history by pulling on the string of 29 players whose major league careers consisted of one game with the club. While telling their unknown stories, he finds connections with other Yankees and events. The Least Among Them is a delightful journey into the past of baseball’s most hallowed franchise.” Barry Sparks, author of Frank “Home Run” Baker: World Series Hero and Hall of Famer

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“Every guy who spends just one day on an MLB team’s 25-man roster represents the dreams of tens of thousands of boys. With meticulous research and clever storytelling, Paul Semendinger pays homage to the 29 lucky ones who were able to live out that dream for one afternoon in Pinstripes. The Least Among Them promises to be the best among choices for Yankees’ fans looking to add to their baseball libraries.” David Ostrowsky, author of Pro Sports in 1993

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“Semendinger has made remarkable the seemingly unremarkable moments of 29 players who had less than a cup of coffee in the majors. Through his story telling, we learn the names of Batton, Newkirk and Marsonek while also enjoying their everlasting connection to legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle. A great read for anyone who has ever dreamed of playing in the big leagues, if only for just one game.” Chris Donnelly, author of Doc, Donnie, the Kid, and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul

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“There’s a love song by Luther Vandross entitled, “If Only for One Night.” The equivalent for baseball love might be, for the average Joe Ballplayer/ Dreamer, “If Only for One Day.” Paul Semindinger highlights these ‘one day in MLB’ stories, even better that they are all in Yankees pinstripes, in a totally entertaining read. The reality is one day in “the Show” would never be enough for most and reflect shattered dreams. But for these ballplayers, they have bragging rights that most of us, especially Yankees fans, can only dream about. Thank you, Paul, for finding and telling these unique stories worthy of engaging our imaginations and tugging on our emotions.” Robert Skead, author of Safe at Home, a baseball card mystery, and other popular children’s books

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“Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court once wrote: “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments.”. Paul Semendinger in his fine new tome has recorded details on those special New York Yankees or Highlianders who had one and only one game in the major leagues. Most of us can only dream of what these people did, and the details Paul brings to each story brings them all to life. Fun read and even as a long-time SABR member, I learned plenty about both baseball and Yankees history!”
Rich Klein, 3-Time SABR National Trivia Champion,40 Years on writing about the Sports Collecting Hobby

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