A Season in the Sun

A Season in the Sun

The Rise of Mickey Mantle

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The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season. Mickey Mantle was the ideal batter for the atomic age, capable of hitting a baseball harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the perfect idol for postwar America, a wholesome hero from the heartland. In A Season in the Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith recount the defining moment of Mantle's legendary career: 1956, when he overcame a host of injuries and critics to become the most celebrated athlete of his time. Taking us from the action on the diamond to Mantle's off-the-field exploits, Roberts and Smith depict Mantle not as an ideal role model or a bitter alcoholic, but a complex man whose faults were smoothed over by sportswriters eager to keep the truth about sports heroes at bay. An incisive portrait of an American icon, A Season in the Sun is an essential work for baseball fans and anyone interested in the 1950s.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780465094424
0465094422
Characteristics: xx, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, John Matthew - Author

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Perhaps Mantle's best season, 1956 was when he won his Triple Crown, and led the Yankees to the world championship of baseball. This is a good book covering that year, and its accomplishment. It also doesn't flinch at revealing Mantle's character flaws, off the field.

Follows Mickey Mantle through his Triple Crown season, which established him as the preeminent major league baseball player. There is much interesting background information about the Yankees, and the rivals of Mantle's for the three categories of hitting which constitute the Triple Crown achievement. For instance, Ted Williams challenged Mantle's lead in the batting average category. Al Kaline did the same in the Runs Batted In category. And Vic Wertz challenged him for the Home Run Crown. This was 1956, and Eisenhower was President. His attendance at several games was a much ballyhooed event, and he was seen applauding enthusiastically when Mantle hit home runs. " At the end of the Yankees' September 12 game against the Kansas City Athletics, Mickey was batting .352 with 47 homers and 118 RBIs. Ted Williams had increased his average to .349. Al Kaline, leading the streaking Tigers to nine wins in eleven games, had upped his RBI count to 116." The Yanks went to the World Series, versus their cross-town rivals, the Dodgers. It was a competitive Series, and the authors make it interesting for the reader.

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