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Mickey Mantle Is Going to Heaven Paperback – July 27, 2009
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Without the use of a co-author, the anecdotes retain their innocence (so to speak). Peterson's accounts of practical jokes and horseplay involving Pepitone, Skowron, Munson, Murcer and Clete Boyer,and countless other Yankee greats that he had the privilege of playing with, are straight from the horses' mouth. I felt as though I was sitting along side of him on the bench along with Mantle, Maris and Ford and Billy Martin just shootin' the breeze.
The former Yankee (and typically flaky south paw) finally speaks out. Until now, his voice was shrouded by Yankee scrutiny. Black-balled due to the most scandalous trade in baseball history: swapping entire families with team mate Mike Kekich, he has kept a low profile. The time has arrived; he comes forth with treasured stories that were buried behind the Yankees hallowed walls.
This is required reading for all Yankee fans, however if you were unfortunate enough to have suffered through the period referred to as "the Horace Clarke era" as I was, you'll get an extra kick out of this very enjoyable read.
Woven in with priceless, side-splitting stories, the crafty lefty puts an interesting spin on theology. Fritz concludes each chapter by passing final judgement upon his peers, and determining their eternal destiny. His intentions are pure and the "playing God" act is quite amusing, although the message is not to be taken lightly; it hits home solidly. Fritz could not be more serious when it comes to his faith, although his delivery is extremely entertaining. A home run on my scorecard.
Fritz also has a pretty clear idea of who and who isn't going to be a "first round draft choice", his way of saying "going to Heaven"
SPOILER: Mantle and Murcer yes, Kekich and Bouton no.
Some of the stories are pretty good, but there's not a lot of humility in somebody basically designating himself as Heaven's Bouncer.
It's not a very good read, either as a book about baseball or about spirituality.
And Last I checked, Whitey Ford was a Pretty Decent Guy.....Right up there with Yogi Berra among Greatest Living Yankees, making a Grand Entrance on Old Timer's Day.
Includes a load of pranks pulled. Occasional insight. Includes 15 pages of B/W pictures, a glossary, and additional things to consider.
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Interesting book, particularly for Yankees fans. Fritz was a wild man in his time and his stories make it apparent that his public persona was honest to who he really was.Published 8 months ago by tony seel
Coach Peterson delivers. This book is a 99mph fastball on the outside corner of the plate with two out in the ninth, bases juiced and a 3-2 count. Read morePublished 19 months ago by tracie colabella
Brings back memories, but i could do without the religious overtones!!Published 21 months ago by Thomas E. Melle
Fritz Peterson has let his personal animosities and his evangelical slant on things get in the way of what could have been an amusing book. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Vivian T
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, especially for those of us who grew up watching the "Horace Clarke Yankees. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by Michael R. Nunno
After reading reviews, I was expecting something special. Instead, what I got were the same rehashed stories that have been published many times before(how many times can you hear... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by L. LaRossa