The Last Boy (Enhanced Edition) (Enhanced Edition)
Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
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Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer's reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.
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Fastball down the middle
I loved the book. At the same time, I'm right down the middle of the strike zone. 60 year old male, who grew up as a huge fan of the Yankees, and of course Mickey Mantle. That said, this book is beautifully written, and the research was incredible. It gave me plenty of information on Mickey, as a player, but also a phenomenal look into his life. We all can follow the careers of our athletic heroes, but we always wish we knew what they were really like. This is it.
Belongs in the lifestyle section, not the sports pages
There's no denying that Leavy does a great job in painting a picture of The Mick as an alcoholic, womanizing, man child who happened to play a sport. If you want to learn more about the feelings of the people in Mickey's life, how he treated them, and how they were affected by him (including the author), then this is the book for you.
Me? I could have used with more stories from the field of play. Exploits on the playing field. More about interactions with other players on and off the field. More stories from former players about their reminiscences of The Mick. More of the sports page than the lifestyle section.
I was leery of reading this book, I had grown up with Mickey and he was my first baseball hero. All the more, a better reason to read the book. I am glad I read the book, it made Mickey Mantle human, very human. I though the best Chapter was April 1953, the research for this chapter alone was fantastic. I highly recommend this book. The videos are well done and informative, they add to your understanding of the book. This version is free, so take the time to read the book you won't be sorry you did.