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MANTLE: Stories and Memorabilia from a Lifetime with The Mick and
Other Sporting Reads
the 50th anniversary of Mickey Mantle's 1956 triple crown year as
well as the 75th anniversary of his birth "Mickey Mantle: STORIES
AND MEMORABILIA FROM A LIFETIME WITH THE MICK" by award-winning
sports columnist Mickey Herskowitz and the sons of Mantle, Danny and
David, (Abrams: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35.00, 175 pages) is now
out there - the first illustrated biography of one of the greatest
baseball players of all time.
This is a book to buy, to keep, to savor. It is one that features
more than 100 color and black-and-white illustrations and most
noteworthy - 10 removable facsimile reproductions of rare Mantle
memorabilia including his minor league contract 1949 signed by
Mantle and his father, a publicity form questionnaire May 1950
filled out in Mantle's own handwriting, and an autographed photo.
The quality of all the visuals as well as the writing and re-telling
of stories collected over the years focused on the "Mick" is moving
and special. The book is highly recommended.
Another highly recommended book is "The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis
(Norton, $24.95, 299 pages).
The bestselling author of "Moneyball" is at it again with his story
of Michael Oher, destined to one day be a NFL multi-millionaire.
We travel with Lewis through a journey and understanding. Oher, one
of 13 children, father unknown, his own name unknown, his mother a
crack addict is how we begin. The book's narrative arc sweeps us
along on the ride of a young man who until 2004 had never touched a
football and never played left tackle - to a moment in time where
his size, strength and agility made him into a lottery-like treasure
in the world of football.
"The Blind Side" is a terrific and engrossing read.
"Perfect Once Removed" by Phillip Hoose (Walker and Company, $19.95,
176 pages) is timed to the 50th anniversary of the Don Larsen
perfect game, October 8, 1956.
It is a memoir of the author, then nine years old, whose whole life
changed from that event.
"Lute! The Seasons of My Life" by Lute Olson and David Fisher
(Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, $24.95, 304 pages) is an
engaging and well written memoir about the Arizona basketball head
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