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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Was Watching: Q&A With Marty Appel

From Bobby Cox to Chien-Ming Wang…the 40-year staying power of Marty Appel.

WasWatching [WW]: It’s been 35 years since you were named PR Director for the Yankees - a post that you manned into 1977. You’ve been very busy over this period of time. If you had to give a “30 second commercial” on what you’ve been working on since that time, and what you’re most proud of in your post-Yankees career, what would you say?

Marty Appel: Well, the Yankee portion didn’t end in 1977, as I went on to become executive producer of the Yankee telecasts, although technically working for WPIX, up until ‘92. I’ve had my own PR business for the last ten years, continue to write books and have regular contributions to Yankees Magazine, and Sports Collectors Digest. I was also Consulting Producer for ESPN’s The Bronx is Burning among other projects.

In terms of “most proud,” I think with the end of the current Yankee Stadium, I am very proud of people coming to me for interviews and reflections on the ballpark. I began working there at 19, (1968), and was smart enough to absorb all that was around me. Now I find myself, still pretty young, and able to talk at length about the Stadium history as someone who worked in the original and the current parks. Not many others are around to do that. And I’ve been going as a fan since 1956. It’s funny, most people are shy about giving out their ages. In baseball, it’s kind of a badge of honor. If you’re a certain age, it means you’ve witnessed a checklist of great moments that makes you very proud to have spent a lifetime devoted to a team.

Repoz Posted: June 10, 2008 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Guts Posted: June 10, 2008 at 04:41 PM (#2813839)
Neyer debunks a Appel story in his book - it was about Munson and Fisk, IIRC.

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