"Well-known Joe DiMaggio biographer Baldassaro has scored a gem with this biography of baseball star Tony Lazzeri. . . . This book adds much new detail and perspective to the history and development of baseball. It is a must-read for baseball fans, particularly fans of the New York Yankees. It belongs in all public libraries, and libraries with a local connection to the subject."—Steve Dixon, Library Journal, starred review
"Baldassaro has written the definitive biography of Tony Lazzeri."—Jason Schott , Brooklyn Digest
"In Tony Lazzeri, Baldassaro provides a nuanced view of Italian Americans—on and off the baseball diamond."—Bob D'Angelo, Sports Bookie
"In Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer, Lawrence Baldassaro has written the book that was long overdue. It's remarkably well researched and detailed, and holds the reader's interest from start to finish. In my opinion, it will soon be recognized as the definitive biography of this great Hall-of-Famer ballplayer, Tony Lazzeri. It's one I highly recommend to all baseball fans."—Gary Livacari, Baseball History Comes Alive!
“Cheers to Mr. Baldassaro for mining this terrific story.”—Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of How Life Imitates Sports
“Tony Lazzeri was one of the first Italian American sports stars, a key player of the famed Murderers’ Row Yankees lineup, and an underappreciated American success story who overcame poverty and epilepsy. He is a worthy subject for this closer look at a Hall of Famer.”—Tom Verducci, senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and MLB TV commentator
“In real life as in baseball, how one performs in a climactic moment may unfairly obscure a multitude of other feats; Larry Baldassaro’s book reveals its subject to have been not only a wonderful ballplayer but also a great pioneer on behalf of Italian Americans forevermore.”—John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball
“Who’s the greatest second baseman in Yankee history? All too often, Tony Lazzeri, the Murderers’ Row Hall of Famer, is left out of the debate. Lawrence Baldassaro’s biography properly elevates Lazzeri’s status in such discussions. This is an important contribution to Yankees literature.”—Marty Appel, New York Yankees historian and author of Pinstripe Empire and Casey Stengel