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Yankees superfan memorializing brother with new journey


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- In 2011 comedian Steve Melia lived out every fanatic's dream and attended all 162 games of the NY Yankees. He released the book, 162 The Almost Epic Journey of a Yankees Superfan on opening day 2013.   (

While on tour last week he learned that his brother Jim, 47, died suddenly of a massive heart attack in Melbourne, Fl.   As a tribute to Jim and both of their favorite players, Mariano Rivera, Steve came up with the idea to attend Mariano Rivera’s last 42 games.


The number 42 was retired in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson, but those already wearing the number were allowed to continue.  Rivera is the last and he will retire after this season.


“The Last 42 will be more than a book about about watching Mo’s final games.  It will carry the message that life is short and we should live every day to the fullest.  My brother was an amazing brother, husband, dad, educator and Yankee fan.” said Melia.


Melia’s journey starts Friday August 16th in Fenway and will end in Houston September 29th.  42 games in 45 days. 


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