The Last Boy

The Last Boy

Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060883522
Characteristics: xxiv, 456 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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mikeyppl May 22, 2012

I grew up idolizing Mickey Mantle.
I found this to be a very sad book indeed. I knew Mickey had his problems but I never realized how deep they ran. I've read biographies of other great New York ballplayers (DiMaggio, Mays, Snider, Maris) and it seems that the common theme with them all is a deep unhappiness. I think it should give us all pause for thought when we just assume being a baseball superstar in New York is all fun and laughs.

Agent13 May 21, 2012

For those into the Yankees and the hero worshiping of Mickey Mantle, this book is a wake up call. Ms. Leavy shows us the way Mantle really was towards the end of his life and it is not a pretty picture. A story of (even for him) wasted talent, a flawed man who, at times, had the understanding that he had to change. Thoroughly researched, it chronicles Mickey's early life and how some unfortunate events shaped the man.

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Mar 31, 2012

I never saw or noticed the Mick in his prime. Only after the Life magazine article detailing his many injuries and the pain. I became a Micky Mantle fan for life. This biography spares nothing, telling us about the alcohol, the womanizing, the injuries, the child abuse (inflicted on the Mick), the generosity, the humbleness. I cried when he died. I cried all over again. A must read for anyone who grew up a Micky Mantle fan.

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