Ep. 591 – Arnie Tokyo Rosenthal (Baseball Urban Legend)
There are many cross-sections of the sports business environment, but none are probably as bizarre as the true urban legends of the past. Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal is a part of that rich history, with his ability to con himself through New York Yankees media relations from 1977 to 1984, as a member of the media. Rosenthal relates his story of getting the ultimate access pass, and seeing some of the legends of baseball up close and personal, while also honing his photography skills. Rosenthal talks about the time he met Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1978, even getting his picture snapped with them, as well as seeing “The Boss” George Steinbrenner in an adjacent luxury suite. Rosenthal was never caught, quitting the con game on his own terms after the 1984 season, but ended up confessing over a decade later to some of the former Yankees brass for a few lasting laughs. Twitter: @TokyoRosenthal
Arnie’s memoir, A Fauxtographer’s Yankee Stadium Memoir, is available at Amazon.