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Robin Amy Bass
I have been a Yankee fan since I was a kid
Even though I was a girl, this is what I did
I stood next to Richard King for I was no coward
And when I heard my Dad yell “cheese”,
I posed with Elston Howard.
I have been a Yankee fan since I was nine or ten.
All the boys in my fifth grade tried to be my friend,
When they heard where I had been – what I’d gone and done
And I still have living proof – I posed with 61.
I stood next to Richard King, and his brother too
I remember Harvey Green said “I WISH I WAS YOU”
‘Cause you went to Grossinger’s while I got stuck in Paris
And you had your picture snapped with Elston and Roger Maris.
I have got an autograph in a tattered book
Whitey Ford has signed his name next to Ellen Cook
Ellen was my new best friend, so her name went first.
If I still remember straight, I think Whitey cursed.
But Roger smiled and Elston laughed, and brushed away a curl,
When I asked if they liked to play in a house built by a girl.
I have been a Yankee Fan, though Kofax was a Dodger
People thought I was naïve, but my heart belonged to Roger
Pin Stripes are a cut above, and worn by just a few
I have been a Yankee Fan since I saw white and blue.
I remained a Yankee fan, even when I knew
That Queens had a new baseball team, and Kofax was a Jew’
The Yankees stole my heart away, before I was eleven.
Mickey Mantle looked so cute, I chose the number seven
When some guy from the money store said I could win a bat
If I could guess the RBI’s and other stuff like that.
Well numbers never were my thing, and I did not guess right
But I am still a Yankee Fan, ‘cause Whitey saw my plight
And said, your name is Robin, dear? I think I signed your book
You gave me such a pretty page, right next to Ellen Cook.
And since you gave me second page – I’ll give you second prize
Well all my friends began to clap, as I began to rise
‘Cause Roger Maris came behind and lifted me above
And then some guy yelled HOLY COW and handed me a glove.
I have been a Yankee Fan before I was a teen.
I have been a Yankee Fan when Steinbrenner was mean.
When I flew to see my Dad I wore a Yankee Cap
And all of Arizona knew we don’t take any crap.
I have been a Yankee Fan, since I learned how to curse.
And when I watch them play tonight, the Sox will need a Hearse
‘Cause I have been a Yankee Fan, from birth to 52.
My favorite colors then and now are only white and blue.
I have been a Yankee fan before it was in fashion.
I don’t like my men laid back – I like my guys with passion.
I was born a Yankee Fan and I will die one too.
My coffin can be big or small, but paint it white and blue
Pin stripes on my headstone please
And should I get to heaven, I’ll find myself a real good seat
And look for number seven.
And should there be some grave mistake, and all I see are Sox,
I’ll simply take my Yankee glove and crawl back in my box
And wait until the fires die and summer turns to fall
And playoff time is here again and Whitey yells “PLAY BALL”
Robin Amy Bass has been a Yankee Fan since 1962.
In that year, following the great year of “61 in 61”, while
on her way to ice skating at the now shuttered Grossinger's
Catskill resort, at her father's (Dr. Bass) prompting, she did
reluctantly pose for the two photos seen above. One with
Elston Howard- a great Yankee catcher and the other with
Maris – the player who had broken Ruth's home run record.
61 in 61. Possibly an off-season promotional junket brought
them to our “Alps”.
Though the achievements of these men were in that
moment, unknown to Robin Amy Bass, the photos
bestowed instant and over-whelming popularity with the
boys of the fifth grade. Thus, her enduring devotion to the
Bombers as evidenced by the image of RAB in the present,
at the present Yankee stadium.