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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; First Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584795476
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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About the Author

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.

DANNY and DAVID MANTLE are Mickey Mantle’s sons.

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The book was given to my husband as a gift and he enjoyed it so much that we bought one for a friend.
Audrey Crusius
I don't know how many of these photos have been published in other books on Mickey, but the reproductions are very nice.
Richardson
Great for the reading and also great for just looking at pictures of the career of this great player.
Ronald Szypajlo

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay...I just purchased this and have browsed it several times and read a few passages. This isn't some sort of "Tell all" ..its more of a valentine to the most beloved ball player of my generation. Being a Southern Californian...and growing up a Dodger fan...I still was a fan of "The Mick".

I don't know how many of these photos have been published in other books on Mickey, but the reproductions are very nice. The bonus material or memorabilia...is very cool...letters to his wife....etc..reproduced. Obviously this is a family sponsored product so don't expect any dirt..and who wants it at this point?

Frankly, maybe its my short attention span but the style of this book suits me better than some detailed life story. The chapters can be digested rather easily and in the end...its a lovely coffee table book/tribute. I picked it up a Borders...flipped through it and walked to the register....without viewing the price...

If you are a fan of Mickey...you will not be dissapointed.

If you are looking for the life story....look elswhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on July 12, 2011
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My favorite part of the book is the reproduced artifacts. It's a cool way to learn more about Mantle. The book is great overall. I reccommend it :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacki Garvin on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this wonderful book for my father for Christmas and he loves it! It's his favorite book on Mickey Mantle. As a Yankee fan myself I also love the book-it's very touching how Danny and David Mantle talk about their Father.The photos are beautiful and all the little extras are really neat to look at. I recommend this book to Mantle and Yankee fans everywhere.
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The work is perfect for baseball enthusiasts. The presentation would make

a great gift for any child or adult. There are pictures depicting Mickey

Mantle in the theatre, at an old-timers' game in 1973, on the deck during

1961. In some cases, there are autographed copies of documents enclosed.

i.e. the APBMC membership The work portrays Mickey Mantle in a pletora

of settings both public and private. It honors the baseball player in a

very personable way by showing pictures throughout and autographs on

key personal documents. The value is considerable for the affordable price.
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Wonderful book on Mickey Mantle. Although, I have been lifelong Yankees fan this book had many facts never known to me.

It was great to see Mickey Mantle's OWN handwriting on the copies of his letters especially to his wife!! Mickey was quite the letter writer!! Now that was

surprising----and so touching to find out. A great read and a book for the ages. Mr. Herskowitz has done a real service to ALL Mickey Mantle fans and to Mickey himself

in publishing this wonderful book.
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If you grew up with Mickey Mantle as your idol as I did, this will be a great addition to your personal library. Not only are there loads of pictures and stories about The Mick, but also included are reproductions of Mantle memorabilia, such as his first pro contract, a signed photo and a letter from Mickey to his wife. Great for the reading and also great for just looking at pictures of the career of this great player.
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By Hollywood Howie on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Book was nicely put together and contains some great pictures as well as reproductions of his first contract, a letter from Richard Nixon, a love letter to his wife, etc. I'm sure there are better books out there in terms of the amount of information about Mantle. Buy the book only if you want to own reproductions of Mantle memorabilia but skip it otherwise.
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By Craig on April 25, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my son and was very pleased with the cost and overall quality of the item.
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