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The Classic Mantle Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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About the Author
Buzz Bissinger is the author of Friday Night Lights, Three Nights in August, A Prayer for the City, and Father’s Day. In 1987 he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting while at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and lives in Philadelphia. Marvin E. Newman’s work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has authored or coauthored eight books on photography and contributed to Abrams’ Yankee Colors: The Glory Years of the Mantle Era. He lives in New Jersey
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In summary, I found the book to be a disappointing one written about my favorite baseball player of all-time.
I didn't quite understand the premise of scrapbooks, but I knew mine was going to include some great baseball cards. Included among the victims was a 1966 Mickey Mantle. 1966 was late in the career of Mantle - he retired after the 1968 season - but with the baseball card hyperinflation of the 1990's all things Mantle took on significant value. Think Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, and you'll get some feel for how his cards are viewed in the collecting community.
One of my better baseball decisions in recent years thankfully also included Mantle. I picked up a copy of The Classic Mantle by Buzz Bissinger & Marvin E. Newman. Bissinger contributes the text and Newman's adds a collection of his nearly-perfect vintage photographs of Mantle from his playing days and just after.
The photographs are stunning and describing that at length would do little to convey the notion. Newman, now 87, contributed to many publications during his career, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Newsweek, Look and Smithsonian. He attended Brooklyn College at the age of 16 to study photography and took his lessons well.
Bissinger words are just as compelling. He writes concisely - The Classic Mantle is a 144-page affair with 50 of Newman's photos - and somehow manages to be sentimentally detached. There are no efforts to smooth over Mantle's duel vices of alcoholism and infidelity, but there is a needed conveyance of Mantle's often pervading self-disdain that clearly contributed to them.Read more ›
pictures makes me wonder if he knows anything about Yankees or baseball.
FYI Mr. Bissinger , the 1960 World Series was not played in Pittsburg's
Heinz Field. Believe this author read Leavy's book on Mantle and paraphrased
a small portion into this 1 hour read. After falling for this purchase I
felt like Constanza did on the bathroom book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good 'solid' book on The Mick.
Focuses on his human side, which is what attracts many of us to him.
Lot's of great authentic color pictures!
Tons of anecdotes and nearly that many excellent pictures of my all-time favorite player.Published 15 months ago by Edward C. Nielsen, famous author
Not a lengthy book by pages, but, very in depth profile of the beloved "Mick". I enjoyed reading it and the numerous photos were very interesting too.Published 21 months ago by Emalie Barnes
As a YANKEE FAN, I enjoyed it very much. Even some new stuff after all I have read of the Mick.Published 21 months ago by Yankee fan