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Mantle: The Best There Ever Was

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In Mantle: The Best There Ever Was, Tony Castro brings to life the man who is arguably not only the greatest ballplayer of his time but also the greatest ballplayer of all time. Castro offers illuminating new insight into Mantle's extraordinary career, including the head-turning conclusion based on the evolution of analytics that the beloved Yankee switch-hitting slugger m ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 22nd 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Mark Mortensen
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sports
Being a marque celebrity is not always great, as it will naturally test one’s character. Mickey Mantle faced this experience when he moved from Oklahoma to Manhattan, as a 19 year old teenage New York Yankees rookie sensation. The gifted athlete, who was a foul mouthed alcoholic, did have a few positive traits, which anyone could admire. Besides his self-confidence he had a reputation for being honest.

Mantle’s father certainly gave his first son Mickey special attention. The book did not delve
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Lance
Not much needs to be said to introduce readers to Mickey Mantle. No matter the age of a reader or how much of a baseball fan that reader happens to be, Mantle is one of those personalities who have become larger than life, long after death and even when all of his shortcomings have been revealed. However, there may still be readers who have not read much on the man and if you fall into that category, as I did before obtaining this book, then “Mantle: The Best There Ever Was” is a good place to s ...more
Kay Wright
Who doesn’t love Mickey Mantle? Well, probably most of today’s kids and their parents. But for those of us who remember (barely) the 1950s and the almost always triumphant Yankees, who could you love more? This isn’t a memoir or a biography really, just a lot of random stories the author dug out of the memories of old wives, girlfriends and assorted drinking buddies. I didn’t know much about his personal life except the drinking and carousing and purchased liver transplant but it was fun to read ...more
Michael
Meticulously researched. Way too much for me. I got very little feel about Mantle the person and felt at time I was reading a hotel register. Castro is a very intelligent writer, but for me on this one too much data and not enough story or understanding.
Dale Bentz
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Some interesting insights and stories that I had not heard of before. Hard to argue against Mantle's 56 and 57 seasons as the greatest back-to-back campaigns in the history of the game.
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