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Title Mickey and Willie : Mantle and Mays : the parallel lives of baseball's golden age / Allen Barra.
Author Barra, Allen.
Publication New York : Crown Archetype, [2013]
Copyright date ©2013
Description xiii, 479 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [461]-467) and index.
Summary "Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age, almost the same size, and came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents, and played the same position. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them, first by their families and later by America. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: My first game was better than yours -- Fathers and sons -- Bred to play ball -- No other enjoyment -- Pass-the-hat -- A dream come true -- "This is your chance" -- "You're going to eat steak" -- "Is that Mickey and Willie?" -- "Greetings" -- "Right up there with the Babe" -- "In here, it's 1954" -- "A whole different ball game" -- "Exactly the same ballplayer" -- "Neither one of us was Joe DiMaggio" -- "Flash, dash, and ... a nervous rash" -- The boys of summer in their ruin -- Say good-bye to America -- Burden of dreams -- Appendix A: Mickey vs. Willie, who was the best? -- Appendix B: Total player rating and win shares.
Subject Mantle, Mickey, 1931-1995.
Mays, Willie, 1931-
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.
Alt Title Mantle and Mays
ISBN 9780307716484 (hc.) :
0307716481 (hc.) :

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