Mickey and Willie by Allen Barra
Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age

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If it’s a stretch to believe that from that moment on, baseball for Barra meant only Mays and Mantle, well, at least it makes a tidy point of entry for this book.
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Acclaimed sportswriter Allen Barra exposes the uncanny parallels--and lifelong friendship--between two of the greatest baseball players ever to take the field.

Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light-years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age and almost the same size, and they came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents and played the same position. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them, first by their families and later by America. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience.
 

About Allen Barra

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ALLEN BARRA is the author of Inventing Wyatt Earp, The Last Coach, and Yogi Berra, as well as several essay collections. He is a regular contributor to such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Daily Beast, and Salon.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Crown Archetype. 498 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Ron Swoboda on May 31 2013

If it’s a stretch to believe that from that moment on, baseball for Barra meant only Mays and Mantle, well, at least it makes a tidy point of entry for this book.

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Kirkus

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on Jan 29 2013

Ages are “golden” only in misty-eyed retrospect, but Barra excels at showing these athletes’ superhuman abilities and all-too-human frailties.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Tom Caraccioli on Apr 02 2013

Most baseball fans can recite the statistics and World Series played and won by both Mantle and Mays. This book delves deeper into a seemingly complicated relationship between two New York superstars...

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Reviewed by Kevin Duchschere on Jun 05 2013

Barra serves up a number of fun (and, to me, previously unknown) nuggets along the way.

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