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A Fauxtographer's Yankee Stadium Memoir is a non-fiction photographic essay written by Arnie "Tokyo" Rosenthal. The author grew up loving baseball, and his first trip to Yankee Stadium at the age of six was a profound experience. As a young man, he got the opportunity to be part of a crew for a talk show host who would be interviewing the players at Yankee Stadium. When the host asked Rosenthal to help his substitute for a subsequent interview session, he told the author how to get free press passes for himself and the crew. The process seemed so easy and virtually fool-proof that Rosenthal was tempted to try it again -- and it worked! He brought his girlfriend who carried along a good camera to lend some authenticity, and Rosenthal left with pictures of himself talking with the pros. It was the beginning of a beautiful, long-term relationship with Yankee Stadium.
Arnie "Tokyo" Rosenthal's non-fiction baseball history memoir, A Fauxtographer's Yankee Stadium Memoir, begins with the wryly humorous story of how the author got his entree into the world of baseball photography. What follows is a collection of photographs of baseball greats in a series of candid and unposed images. New Yorkers and Yankee fans will probably be as awed as I was by the subjects of Rosenthal's work, but don't let not being either dissuade you from looking into this awesome photographic memoir and love letter to Yankee Stadium in particular, and baseball in general.
Rosenthal's pictures include shots of the young Ed Koch before he was New York City's most famous mayor; Reggie Jackson in a number of different poses; and Mickey Mantle looking characteristically dour. Many of the players were little more than images on those baseball cards of my youth before, so seeing them waiting to play, arguing with the ump, or in any number of other poses was a definite treat indeed. I was especially awed by the time-lapse treatments of pitchers, but I'd be hard-pressed to find a single thing that didn't thrill me about this book -- it was almost as if I had somehow ended up with those press passes myself. A Fauxtographer's Yankee Stadium Memoir is most highly recommended.