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As a child in New York in the 1950's, Andy Gondle was almost had no choice but to develop an undeniable love for the Yankees. Growing up as a witness to the rise of the greats like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, Gondle's fate was sealed the day he met Joe DiMaggio on the steps of the Baseball Hall of Fame they day he was inducted. For the next decade, Gondle lived for baseball, playing on every school team, summer leage, or vacant lot he could find.
When a career-ending injury stopped his aspirations of joining the Yankees roster cold, Gondle was crushed. Thinking the game had abandoned him, Gondle took a job writing ads for the New York Times and planned for a life off the field. As it turned out, Gondle's passion for the game far surpassed his ability to play and when his editor recommended him for a promotion to the sports page, he quickly became one of the most popular baseball writers in the history of the paper.
Gondle's columns continue to delight baseball fans of every generation and his expertise has landed him regular appearances on SportsCenter, HBO's Inside Sports, and even the Tonight Show. He was nominated for a Peabody Award for his coverage of Mark McGwire's breaking of the home run record, and would later win for his work on the documentary Built covering the steroids scandal.