The Last Boy

The Last Boy : 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 35.56mm | 385.55g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Plates, color; Plates, black and white
  • 0060883537
  • 9780060883539
  • 455,561

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Time Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year

Jane Leavy, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, returns with a biography of an American original: number 7, Mickey Mantle. Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from the author's weekend with the Mick in Atlantic City, where she interviewed her hero in 1983 after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences from friends and family. It is the story of a boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, who would lead the Yankees to seven world championships, be voted the American League's Most Valuable Player three times, win the Triple Crown in 1956, and duel teammate Roger Maris for Babe Ruth's home run crown in the summer of 1961--a boy who would never grow up. The Last Boy is an uncommon biography, with literary overtones--not only a portrait of an icon but also an investigation of memory itself.
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The only thing about this book that is better than Jane Leavy s vivid prose is her astonishing reporting. To my knowledge, no one has ever investigated the life of an American athlete with Leavy s rigor and thoroughness. --Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition and Nine Innings"
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