New Rochelle, New York


Joel Sherman began working at United Press International in 1984, a year before he graduated from New York University with a B.A. in journalism. He joined the New York Post in February 1989, served as the beat writer for the Yankees from 1989 to 1995 and as the baseball columnist ever since. Besides his regular column in the Post, Sherman has been a weekly staple during the baseball season on New York One’s nightly sports show, The Last Word, for the past seven years. He also has been a regular contributor to MSG Network’s Angles and Sports Desk, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and Fox News. He has written freelance articles for many publications, including ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and New York magazine.

Sherman was chairman of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America from 1997 to 1998 after serving as vice chairman the previous two years. He has served on several national committees for the BBWAA, including the one that redesigned the voting structure for the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee. Sherman has been a Hall-of-Fame voter since 1998.

Project Description

In Birth of a Dynasty (Rodale, Spring 2006), Sherman details one of the most amazing seasons in Yankees history: the 1996 championship team that defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in the World Series after losing the first two games at home. The book will be a ten-year remembrance and celebration of the 1996 championship campaign, which was part opera and part Oprah, a mixture of hardball and cornball, and a blend of a season on the brink and a season in the sun. It also shows how the traits developed in 1996—late-game grace and selfless sacrifice—formed the DNA for four titles in five years, thus launching the Yankees’ most recent dynasty.

Readers will relive Joe Torre’s navigation from Clueless Joe to Champagne Joe in a year when he lost one brother to a stroke and another brother received a heart transplant on the eve of a Yankee title; see Dwight Gooden—plucked off a drug scrap heap, along with Darryl Strawberry—improbably throw a no-hitter just hours before his father underwent heart bypass surgery; watch the homegrown talent of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera embody the poise and professionalism known as the "Yankee Way"; chronicle Tino Martinez’s daunting task of replacing Yankee great Don Mattingly; honor long-time GM Gene Michael for a string of astounding trades; and thrill to unexpected heroes, such as club-footed reliever Jim Mecir throwing the most important pitch of the season, Jim Leyritz taking the most important swing, and Jeffrey Maier, a twelve-year-old from New Jersey, making the biggest catch.