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My Favorite Summer 1956(bkpk, Abrid

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Mickey Mantle, the hayseed kid from Spavinaw,Oklahoma, was in his sixth year with the Yankees. Hewas already America's homerun king. He was aboutto become a national hero. 1956 would be arecord-breaking season: the golden summer fans wouldremember forever. Now Mickey Mantle brings it allback just the way it happened--spectacular playingon field, crazy hijinks with Whitey F ...more
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Published June 28th 1991 by Publishing Mills (first published March 1st 1991)
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Baiocco
Oct 21, 2007 Baiocco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baseball nerds/Yankee fans
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Do you know how hard it is to hit the Triple Crown in major league baseball? Do you care? If you do, you will love My Favorite Summer 1956 because it chronicles the season Mickey Mantle became only the 7th player (and only one of 10 to this day) in baseball history to lead the American League in Home Runs, RBIs, and Batting Average. Keep in mind this was well before the anabolic steroid rage age of the 80s and 90s when the only juice sustaining these players were Tom Collins' and 7 and 7s. Mick ...more
Art
Jun 29, 2014 Art rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I am a Mantle guy. He was my favorite player growing up and I never had any doubt about the debate among Willie, Duke and Mick.

So I found this anecdotal telling of the 1956 season to be very entertaining and enjoyable. There were some new details (for me) about Don Larsen's perfect game, as well as some drill downs into Mantle's Triple Crown year.

Light read, fun read, good read.
Blake Bergmann
Oct 06, 2013 Blake Bergmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book “My Favorite Summer 1956”, Mickey Mantle with the help of Phil Pete told about Mantles 1956 Major League Baseball season. Mantle describes his season with lots of ups and downs, but he hit the most homeruns, had the highest batting average and the most runs batted in, earning him the Triple Crown. The purpose was to tell Mickey Mantle’s most outstanding season. He also was thrilled to be able to play with some of his close friends like Joe Collins, Don Larsen and Yogi Berra. It was ...more
William
Aug 19, 2015 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simple, straightforward, and apparently honest retelling of the 1956 season (with appropriate recounting of pre- and post-year stories) by a man who lived it. Mantle was a great player, not a great writer, but he (and his co-author) talk baseball from the perspective of a player. And Mantle does not hesitate to criticize or to praise, where necessary. A great inside look.
Michael Romo
In this interesting book about the 1956 Yankees season Mantle tells us about not his best athletic season but rather about the season he enjoyed the most. That's saying a lot since those Yankee teams of the 50's had a reputation for enjoying themselves!
Steven Peterson
A lot of fun to read. . . . This is Mickey Mantle's recollection (with Phil Pepe as his wordsmith) of his self-described favorite summer--1956. Lots of home runs (see the table at the end of the book for the homer by homer tally--from Camilo Pascual in April to Bob Porterfield on September 28th--his 52nd long ball). Included is the perfect game by Don Larsen in the World Series. Mantle gives a good sense of the team and its players. For those interested in baseball and the New York Yankees in th ...more
Garrrett Monson
Jan 23, 2013 Garrrett Monson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book I'd recommend to any baseball fan especially a Yankee! A lighthearted fact based account about the early years of a rookie baseball player. Moments of chaos and confussion give way to a lesson learned and more than a few laughs! Fast paced, easy read!
M. Newman
Feb 01, 2011 M. Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very good memoir "written" by Mickey Mantle with the help of sportswriter Phil Pepe, about the Mick's amazing Triple Crown season.
Kate
Jan 14, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mood setter for summer. Read it every opening day.
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Mickey Charles Mantle was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

He played his entire 18-year major-league professional career for the New York Yankees, winning 3 American League MVP titles and playing in 16 All-Star games. Mantle played on 12 pennant winners and 7 World Series Championship clubs. He still holds the records for most World Serie
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