Mickey And Willie Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age (Hardcover)
|Author: 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, and possessed similar talents. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them.|
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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"--Provided by publisher.
Allen Barra has written about sports for such publications as The New York Observer, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker.