"Drawing on more than 500 interviews with loved ones and fellow baseball players, the author crafts a deeply personal biography of the Yankee great, weaving her own memories of the major-league slugger with an authoritative account of his life on and off the field. By the best-selling author of
Between the image of Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle as a grinning 19-year-old phenom and a seriously ill alcoholic who, at age 63--just weeks from death--faced the cameras at a news conference and told America's youth, "Don't be like me, " there was a human being who is brought to life in all his complexity and pathos by biographer Jane Leavy. She uses a 1983 interview with the Mick (she was a sports reporter for the Washington Post at the time) as a pivot for the story, supplementing it with her childhood memories of Mantle and over five hundred interviews. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book and by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
- Sports + Recreation, Biography + Autobiography
- Sports, Baseball / General
- September 14, 2010
- October 12, 2010
- Jane Leavy