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Peter Golenbock

Peter Golenbock (born July 19, 1946) is a sports journalist and author. He is best known for the 1975 best-selling book Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949–1964 about the Yankees of that era (including Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris, Ralph Houk, and Yogi Berra).

Golenbock continued to write books on the Yankees - The Bronx Zoo (a 1979 release written with pitcher Sparky Lyle), Balls (with third baseman Graig Nettles), and Number 1 (with manager Billy Martin), to name a few. He covered the old Brooklyn Dodgers teams in Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers (which won the 1984 CASEY Award for the best baseball book of the year). He has also written books on NASCAR and the New York Mets.

Golenbock has also written on collegiate athletics. Personal Fouls - The Broken Promises and Shattered Dreams of Big Money Basketball at Jim Valvano's North Carolina State revisited 1980's college basketball and focused on Jim Valvano and the NC State University basketball team. The book prompted an NCAA investigation which exonerated Valvano, but found that free tickets and shoes properly issued to players, were then sold for monetary gain by those players.[1] Despite being exonerated, Valvano reached a settlement to leave his position as head coach and athletic director after the completion of the investigation. Original publisher Simon and Schuster canceled the book after the university protested, and the State of North Carolina threatened a lawsuit over inaccurate charges on the book's projected dust jacket; the book was subsequently released by a smaller publishing house. The book was based almost entirely on the testimony of one former student, who was with the NC State program for a brief time.[2][3]

In late 2008 Golenbock released a biography on Hollywood screen actor Tony Curtis (co-written with Curtis), entitled American Prince: A Memoir. In 2012, he co-authored the memoir of Larry Lawton, entitled Gangster Redemption.[4]


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