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Title:
Our Mickey : cherished memories of an American icon
Author:
Liederman, Bill, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Triumph Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xvi, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781572435988
Format :
Book

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Summary

Mickey Mantle was far more than the greatest baseball player of his generation. He was also a beloved national hero, a cultural icon, and a living legend. The Mick touched the lives of millions of Americans, both personally and from afar. From the time he joined the New York Yankees as a highly touted 19-year-old prospect from Commerce, Oklahoma, in the spring of 1951, Mickey captured the hearts of his adoring legions of fans and fellow athletes alike. His popularity only grew throughout his 18-year playing career, into his post baseball days under the glare of the spotlight, and to the very end of his courageous battle against cancer. Whether you were a Yankee teammate or an opposing player, a journalist or a fellow public figure, or a fan of any age, your life was more than likely impacted by Mickey Mantle. Through dozens of personal stories, Our Mickey provides individual glimpses into the life, personality, and character of Mickey Mantle. Many of these stories -- from the likes of Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Stan Musial, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Billy Crystal, David Halberstam, Dan Rather, Regis Philbin, and Henry Kissinger -- will make you laugh, and others might induce a tear. But all will evoke strong feelings and bring the reader a little deeper into Mick's world as he lived it. Whether you gre wup marveling at Mantle's prodigious home runs and infectious energy on and off the field, or if you just want to learn more about the greatest player of baseball's celebrated golden era, Our Mickey will give you unique insight into one of history's most beloved figures. Book jacket.


Author Notes

Maury Allen is a nationally known sportswriter and author with more than 30 books about baseball to his credit, He began his writing career working for small newspapers, moved to Sports Illustrated magazine, and has been a baseball expert and columnist for the New York Post for almost 30 years. Mickey Mantle was always the most exciting personality he covered, both on and off the field
Bill Liederman was an outstanding high school and college athlete who settled for softball in Central Park after his dream of playing for the Yankees ended in a blaze of glory. He was running a cooking school in Manhattan when he decided to open a restaurant and boldly approached Mickey Mantle about a partnership. Mantle agreed to come into the deal after Liederman told him the new place would be another Toots Shor's, a hangout for sports fans, athletes, and young business people. The restaurant opened in 1988, and the new partners became close friends, which they remained until Mantle's death in 1995


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Library Journal Review

Are your shelves starting to sag with books about Mickey Mantle? No matter, this book will circulate well as Mantle will always hold a special place in baseball lore. Some of the greats weigh in on the Mick in this oral history remembrance, including Stan Musial, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, and teammates Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. The book also benefits from Mantle devotees Billy Crystal and David Halberstam. Compulsively readable. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Yogi Berra
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Mickey Rememberedp. xi
Section I Mantle as Teammate and Yankeep. 1
Whitey Ford
Jim Bouton
Mel Stottlemyre
Bobby Cox
Moose Skowron
Bobby Richardson
Phil Linz
Clete Boyer
Tom Tresh
Phil Rizzuto
Bobby Murcer
Willie Randolph
Joe Pepitone
Yogi Berra
Hank Bauer
Mike Hegan
Billy Martin
Tommy Henrich
George Selkirk
Art Ditmar
Ralph Houk
Roger Maris
Jerry Coleman
Bobby Brown
David Halberstam
Johnny Blanchard
Bob Turley
Section II Mantle as Personalityp. 42
Bill Liederman
Charley Daniels
Dick Fox
Spencer Ross
Lawrence Meli
Barry Halper
David Halberstam
Bert Randolph Sugar
Roy White
Bobby Valentine
Arthur Richman
Jerome Holtzman
Dick Lynch
Buck Showalter
Eddie Layton
Joe Pepitone
Mary Lavagetto
George Weiss
Marty Appel
Mel Allen
Ralph Houk
Julius Isaacson
Section III Mantle as Legendp. 90
Billy Crystal
Bill Kane
Burt Reynolds
Donald Trump
George Plimpton
Henry Kissinger
Pat Cooper
Tommy Lasorda
Willie Mays
Regis Philbin
Tom Seaver
Marvin Miller
George Steinbrenner
Matt Galante
Mo Vaughn
Joe Torre
Lee Mazzilli
Joe Franklin
Robert Merrill
Len Berman
Teresa Wright
Bowie Kuhn
Don Sutton
Bud Selig
Ed Lucas
Sid Zion
Leonard Koppett
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Johnny Bench
Charles E. Schumer
Gary Carter
Pee Wee Reese
John McEnroe
Harold Rosenthal
Red Patterson
Claire Ruth
Steve Pilchen
John Drebinger
Stephen Tambone
Rod Carew
Goose Gossage
Juan Marichal
Reggie Jackson
Pat Summerall
Domenic Sandifer
Tom Greenwade
Bill "the Baker" Stimers
Dan Rather
Janet Allen
Section IV Mantle as Ballplayerp. 140
Jim Kaat
Duke Snider
Denny McLain
Ernie Banks
Dick Radatz
Don Zimmer
Joan Hodges
Ralph Branca
Johnny Podres
Ralph Kiner
Stan Musial
Al Lopez
Monte Irvin
Sandy Koufax
Bobby Thomson
Bob Feller
Tim McCarver
Jim Palmer
Harmon Killebrew
Marty Marion
Ted Williams
Joe Torre
Indexp. 161