Mantle: The Best There Ever Was

Mantle: The Best There Ever Was

by Tony Castro


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I really do believe I would be way up at the top of everything if I hadn’t been injured. When I was healthy, I really believe I was the best of anyone I ever saw play.—Mickey Mantle, reflecting on his career

Mickey Mantle is one of baseball’s all-time greats. Playing for the New York Yankees for his entire professional career, Mantle was named to the All-Star team for 11 consecutive seasons, won three MVP awards, and was a seven-time World Series champion. He quickly became an icon who achieved hero status even while playing through injuries for most of his career.

In Mantle: The Best There Ever Was, Tony Castro makes the impassioned argument that Mickey Mantle truly was the greatest ballplayer of all time. Acclaimed by the New York Times as the definitive biographer of baseball’s fabled number 7, Castro shares many of his personal conversations with Mantle, demystifying the legend and revealing intimate, never-before-published details from Mantle’s personal life. In addition, Castro offers illuminating new insights into Mantle’s extraordinary career, including the head-turning conclusion based on the evolution of analytics that the beloved Yankee switch-hitting slugger may ultimately win acclaim as having fulfilled the weighty expectation once placed on him: being even greater than Babe Ruth.

Drawing from hundreds of interviews with ex-teammates, friends, and family, Castro masterfully blends Mantle’s public and private selves to present a fully rounded portrait of this complex, misunderstood national hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538122211
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/22/2019
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 75,000
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tony Castro, an American historian and Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is the author of seven books, including the literary biography Looking for Hemingway and the landmark civil rights history Chicano Power, which Publishers Weekly hailed as “brilliant . . . a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time.” Mantle: The Best There Ever Was completes Castro’s Mickey Mantle trilogy, which includes Mickey Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son, the best biography ever written about the Hall of Fame icon according to the New York Times, and DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers. He is currently working on a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. Castro lives in Los Angeles with his wife Renee LaSalle and their black Labrador retriever Jeter.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Best There Was 1

Prologue: "I've Beaten Gehrig" 2

Chapter 1 The Hero's Widow 7

Chapter 2 Myths and Curses 18

Chapter 3 Of Fathers and Sons 28

Chapter 4 The Boy Who Would Be Best 37

Chapter 5 Eyes on The Babe 46

Chapter 6 The Child of Stengel and Destiny 53

Chapter 7 DiMaggio and Mantle 66

Chapter 8 Scouts, Taxmen, and Swindlers 78

Chapter 9 Life in the Big Apple 91

Chapter 10 The Fateful Day 100

Part 2 The Best There Is 107

Prologue: Breakfast of Champions 108

Chapter 11 Mickey Mantle in Excelsis 111

Chapter 12 The Prince of America 130

Chapter 13 Now Teeing Off … Mickey Mantle 142

Chapter 14 Holly Brooke 155

Chapter 15 Down the Rabbit Hole 165

Chapter 16 Svengali 179

Part 3 The Best There Ever Will Be 185

Prologue: "I Gave You Such a Good Start…" 186

Chapter 17 Best in the Game 189

Chapter 18 Angels and Demons 198

Chapter 19 The Last American Hero 202

Chapter 20 The Triple Crown 209

Epilogue: The Greatest 217

Author's Note 227

Acknowledgments 235

Bibliography 241

Index 243

About the Author 251

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Sorrels-7 More than 1 year ago
Every baseball player and fan knows the distinctive sound of a home run ball; especially the towering long ball that leaves the park. Tony Castro has hit a grand slam out of the park with his latest book on my childhood hero Micky Mantle. From the one on one interviews with Mantle and his wife Merlyn to insights from Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford it was like I was reliving those magnificent game of the 190's and 1960's. A book every Yankee or Mantle fan should want to read then read again.