Willie Mays : The Life, the Legend (Hardcover)

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Authorized by Willie Mays and written by a "New York Times"-bestselling author, this is the definitive biography of one of baseball''s immortals. Willie is perhaps best known for "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, but he was also a transcendent sports figure who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9781416547907
SKU 211432628
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1416547908
Release Date 2/9/2010
"[WILLIE MAYS is] a heavily researched book that is tautly written....Mr. Hirsch is good on baseball....[and he] captures Willie's greatness on the field..."
"Hirsch's well-researched and well-written biography vividly brings back those memories, and probably will do so for many other readers. For those too young to have seen Mays on the field, the book will make for a wonderful introduction to the magical life of one of the finest athletes ever."
"[T]his book gives us a portrait of Mays as his own kind of pioneer, on the field and off. He played the game as well and as joyfully as it could be played, and he was a role model who disarmed the bigots with his discipline and infectious charm."
"James S. Hirsch...has produced a piece of artistry worthy of Mays in center field. WILLIE MAYS is an authorized biography that doesn't possess the whiff of disinfectant such works generally carry.|Indeed, Mays didn't change a sentence, according to Hirsch, which was a good call. The writing here matches the grace of the feats it chronicles."
"[F]ascinating....Hirsch has given us a book as valuable for the young as it is for the old. The young should know that there once was time when Willie Mays lived among the people who came to the ballpark....[T]he story of Willie Mays reminds us of a time when the only performance-enhancing drug was joy."
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Editors Note In a biography authorized by the baseball great himself, the best-selling author of Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter offers a gripping account of Willie Mays's life, drawn from interviews with the icon, as well as friends, family members and teammates.
Annotation In this authorized biography of one of baseball's most legendary stars, James S. Hirsch exhausts his store of laudatory phrases in describing the amazing athletic prowess of "The Say Hey Kid," Willie Mays. Though Hirsch visits upon Mays's childhood in the segregated South, his military service, and his life after baseball, the bulk of the narrative is devoted to Mays's superlative exploits on the baseball diamond. Mays's career numbers are staggering--660 home runs, 3200 hits, 1900 RBIs, 2000 runs scored, 300 stolen bases, 12 Golden Glove awards, 24 All-Star appearances--but Hirsch's eloquent descriptions of his finest on-field moments, including a stirring depiction of "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, remind us that Mays's greatness is best captured by poetry, rather than statistics. Hirsch has done baseball fans a tremendous service with this terrific chronicle of the history and the ability of Willie Mays, who remains the consensus choice as the greatest all-around player of all-time. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0628
Publisher Scribner Book Company

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