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Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch
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Mar 01, 2010

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Read from March 01 to 15, 2010

There has long been a need for a Willie Mays biography, and while less than perfect, this one is welcome. The author, who says he never saw Mays play, nonetheless gives a good feel for the transformative nature of Mays' game as what is now called "the first five-tool player." Bridging the baseball eras of station-to-station, wait for the home run play to the modern game, Mays is portrayed as one of a kind on and off the field. My rating is this low mainly because the author is obviously not steeped in the game of baseball, and there are numerous factual errors impossible to ignore for someone who memorized Mays' baseball cards and career highlights.

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