The legendary baseball player recounts, moment by moment, each one of his twelve World Series games from 1951 to 1964, when the New York Yankees proved themselves the greatest team in baseball's history. 125,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo. Tour.
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The term superstar may have been coined with Mantle in mind. When healthy, he was arguably the greatest player of his generation--Willie Mays will get a few votes--and was certainly the best player on the best team. Mantle has already written an autobiography (The Mick, 1957) and so here concentrates on the World Series; in his 18-year career, he and the New York Yankees played in 12. His accounts are straightforward: "Then I homered in the eight for a 2-1 lead which held up." But as in any sports memoir, it's the anecdotes that add value, and the Mick has a million of 'em. A favorite: in 1951, when Mantle was a rookie, Joe DiMaggio was in his final season. A new coach, outraged by an ump's call, began tossing things from the dugout onto the field. The dignified DiMaggio ordered him to stop, saying, "On this team, when we get mad, we don't throw things, we hit home runs." Mantle provides a moving epilogue to the book with an admission of his longtime alcoholism and his recent efforts to remain sober. The Mick is proof, some 25 years after his retirement from baseball, that genuine superstar status can't be measured by endorsement dollars or bestowed by marketing departments. It's earned, slowly and mysteriously, over a career and after. Will anyone care about Michael or Shaq or Barry Bonds in 25 years? We'll see. Wes LukowskyFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Given Mantle's well-known fondness for the bottle (and his widely publicized decision to seek treatment for it earlier this year), it's perhaps not surprising that his book opens and closes with a plea to kids not to abuse drugs or alcohol. It's an open question as to how many youngsters are likely to read an account of 12 World Series in the 1950s and early '60s, but their elders who remember the Yankees' glory days will enjoy Mantle's detailed descriptions of games from that era, when his team was in the Series nearly every year. Frequent celebrity coauthor Herskowitz (This 'n' That by Bette Davis, 1987, etc.) helps the slugger achieve a low-key, no-frills prose style that packs a lot of information (and some good gossip) into a fairly short book. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060177470
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