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Mickey and Willie : Mantle and Mays--the parallel lives of baseball's golden age

Author: Allen Barra
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mickey Mantle; Willie Mays; Mickey Mantle; Willie Mays
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Barra
ISBN: 0307716481 9780307716484
OCLC Number: 851655376
Description: xiii, 479 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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 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.
Other Titles: Mantle and Mays
Responsibility: Allen Barra.

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"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"--

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