Mickey Mantle: Stories & Memorabilia from a Lifetime with the Mick

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Some say he was the greatest ever—a rare combination of power and speed who made acrobatic catches and never failed to get a hit when his team needed it most. The son of an Oklahoma miner, he was the anchor in center field for a Yankees team that won seven world championships. He was three times the league MVP, he won the Triple Crown in 1956, and in 1961 he dueled teammate Roger Maris in a thrilling race for the single-season home run record. He was so famous that to identify him people didn’t even bother to say his last name or even all of his first. He was known, simply, as The Mick.

Mickey Mantle is the first-ever illustrated biography published with the support of the Mantle family. Covering his entire life from his impoverished youth to his glorious career to his poignant sunset years, it features rare photos and never-before-seen memorabilia, with 10 pull-out, removable facsimiles. It also includes intimate stories collected over the years by his sons and his friend, writer Mickey Herskowitz— stories that will be new even to the most avid Mantle enthusiasts. This book is an absolute must for Mantle fans of every stripe, Yankees fans, and baseball fans in general.

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MICKEY HERSKOWITZ is an award-winning sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle and has written or co-authored more than 40 books, including the bestselling All My Octobers with Mickey Mantle. He has also collaborated on books with Bette Davis, Nolan Ryan, and Muhammad Ali.

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The son of Oklahoma farmers and "arguably the biggest talent of his time," Mickey Mantle's legendary rise to fame and fortune-and lifelong battles with alcoholism and chronic injuries-have made him a modern American myth. This volume, a collaborative effort by author and sports columnist Herskowitz (who worked with Mantle himself on 1994's All My Octobers) and two of Mantle's four sons, combines an anecdotal history with plenty of glossy photographs and "enclosures," reproduced bits of memorabilia-a letter from Mickey to wife Merlyn and his first-year Minor League contract, among others-to present a readable, human tribute to this baseball great. Although the book acknowledges Mantle's darker struggles, readers hankering for an incisive look at Mantle's demons will be disappointed; these are warm recollections from men who knew and loved Mantle as both an athlete and a father. This is not to say the book is dishonest, as the tone of the book draws from Mantle's struggle to honor his best impulses: on the last time he drew a capacity crowd, the authors write that "the memories of the airy, vibrant Mick outweighed the sadness. He had said that week and many times before that he wanted to be remembered as 'a good teammate.' In that and countless other respects, he overachieved." The real strength of this handsome book is in its photographs: whether Mantle's sliding into base, posing with his wife, showing off with Joe DiMaggio, watching his kids bat in the backyard, or heading out for a night on the town, these sepia-toned plates (with several full-color images from later years) capture Mantle's winning spirit throughout the decades.
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