Marty Appel is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at baseball gatherings. A noted Yankees historian and author of 16 books, his audiences have ranged from Little League groups to gatherings of several thousand banquet attendees.
Marty has appeared at:
University Club of New York
92nd Street Y, New York
New York Historical Society
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, CT
Temple Israel, Westport, CT
New York University
The Mandell JCC (West Hartford, CT) Synagogue
Sterling National Bank
Union Temple, Brooklyn, NY
Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY
John Hancock Life Insurance
Consortium of New York City Museum Security Officials
|American Folk Art Museum
Stamford Historical Society
West Side Institutional Synagogue
The Baseball Hall of Fame
The American Museum of Natural History
Briarcliff (NY) Jewish Center
The Yogi Berra Museum
The National Sports Collectors Convention
Numerous Historical Societies
A frequent guest on ESPN Sports Century
Bookstores and Libraries
Seton Hall University
State University of New York at Oneonta
The Goddard Riverside New York Book Fair
The Society for American Baseball Research
The Gamesmen Society
The Society of the Silurians
Larchmont Temple Brotherhood
Long Island University's Babe Ruth Symposium
The Emelin Theater
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Publicity Club of New York
YES Network Yankeeography Bios
Hundreds of television & radio appearances on behalf of clients
Museum of the City of New York
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Museum of the City of New York
Hingham MA Historical Society
Greenburgh Public Library, NY
When the Baseball Commissioner’s Office went searching for a precedent in the John Rocker case of 2000, they came up empty. It took a call from former Yankee public relations director and television producer Marty Appel to call their attention to the 1938 matter involving a forgotten Yankee outfielder – Jake Powell – and a suspension over racial remarks on the radio.
Accidental Yankee Fan
Appel, an “accidental Yankee fan” (“I was born in Brooklyn!”), has been cited by the New York Times as one of the nation’s premier authorities on Yankee history, and is generally acknowledged as one of baseball’s most informed historians. Indeed, a private library of more than 2000 baseball volumes is one of the largest private collections in the country.
Whitey, Mickey, Yogi, Casey
But Appel’s curiosity has cultivated his knowledge far beyond the written word. As a Yankee employee from 1968-1977, and as their television producer in the ‘80s and ‘90s, he never missed an opportunity to get to know the elders of Yankee lore – be they Lefty Gomez, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Bob Shawkey, or Waite Hoyt from long ago – or his boyhood heroes like Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, and Elston Howard to his contemporaries like Catfish Hunter, Graig Nettles, Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and Willie Randolph.
And of course, there were the ones everyone wants to know more about – Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, and yes, the Voice of the Yankees, Mel Allen.
Appel, award-winning author of 16 books on baseball and countless magazine articles for Sport, Baseball Digest, Beckett, Sports Collectors Digest, and others, knows the story of the Tammany Hall-connected Yankee beginnings at the turn of the 20th century; the building of Yankee Stadium, the nation’s first triple-decked ballpark – the rise of fall of the Yankee empire, the CBS years, and the media frenzy over the George Steinbrenner era, complete with hirings, firings, suspensions, ticker tape parades, and a question of a “new” Yankee Stadium.
Appel, for 21 years a collaborator on the plaques that hang in Cooperstown, was also co-author of books with Thurman Munson, Lee MacPhail, Bowie Kuhn and Tom Seaver. Through his public relations company, he handles Yogi Berra and the Yogi Berra Museum, as well as Topps, Leland’s Auctions, The Sporting News and other Yankee-related accounts.
He has known them all, from Babe Ruth’s mascot, widow and daughters to Eleanor Gehrig, to clubhouse man Pete Sheehy, PA announcer Bob Sheppard, Toots Shor, George Weiss, Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, and Derek Jeter. And he’s been called a “storyteller’s storyteller.”
And his book, “Now Pitching for the Yankees,” an autobiographical tale of his Yankee adventures, was named the best New York baseball book of 2001 by ESPN.