Frankie Valli Is Our Sinatra and Back on Broadway

Aug 02, 2016 867

By Ray Negron

If you have ever read my book, "Yankee Miracles," then you would know that there is a chapter in the book about the great Yankee manager, Billy Martin. Billy was a very fierce competitor with a heart of gold. In the book, I talk about a time when Billy took me to the historic New York Italian restaurant, Patsy's, where we had dinner with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.

At this time, I was young and had a giant "Afro." I felt like I didn't belong which was why Billy wanted me along with him. He had always told me that if I was made to feel like I didn't belong someplace, I shouldn't want to be there in the first place. Billy taught me to always be confident in myself regardless of what you feel others might have thought of you. A lesson that I would learn many times from George Steinbrenner—but that is a story for another day.

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