Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. HirschA strong and well-constructed biography of one of the first black men integrated into the majors in early 1950s America, and more importantly to the man himself, one of the best players and nicest guys ever to play the game. Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend encompasses a great deal of this monumental and yet utterly humble mans life as well as the times he lived it in prose that is at times lyrical - especially when it comes to describing baseball - but which is at all times throughout the book yeoman-like in its adherence and diligence to the true story and timeline of Mays entire life...well almost his entire life, because hes still busy living it! As a fan of baseball I was surprised at how little I knew about Mays (especially that he was still alive) and Hirschs book went a long way in shoring up my shortcomings in that area. Whether or not it would do much for those who are learned in 50s/60s baseball, that I can not say.
First Authorized Biography of Willie Mays
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Authorized by Willie Mays and written by a New York Times bestselling author, this is the definitive biography of one of baseball's immortals. Considered to be "as monumental--and enigmatic--a legend as American sport has ever seen" Sports Illustrated , Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. With 3, hits, home runs, and stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades.
He hit prodigious home runs, ran down fly balls with boyish abandon and made some of the most astonishing throws in baseball history. The combination of his on-field exploits and native charm captivated the nation and transformed the young black man from the segregated South into an American icon. That this book got written at all is a notable accomplishment. Mays is famously prickly with reporters and refuses most requests for interviews. After seven years of trying, Hirsch finally got Mays to meet with him and talk. Born in near Birmingham, Ala. Willie was also a standout football and basketball player, but there were far greater opportunities in baseball, even for African Americans.
Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades.
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Willie Mays - The Life, The Legend
Yet there never has been a definitive biography of this American icon. Michael Hirsch rectifies that error in this comprehensive account of a man of surpassing physical ability and extraordinary depth. With 3, hits, home runs, and stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that fans had never seen before. Now, in the first biography authorized by and written with the cooperation of Willie Mays, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.. It is a classic visual that represents a transcendent figure who ushered in a new era of baseball, received standing ovations around the globe, and—during the turbulent civil rights era—advocated understanding and reconciliation. However, the years of racial attacks, the stress of celebrity, and the mental and physical demands of the game also took a toll. That omission has now been addressed by James S.
A long time ago in America, there was a beautiful game called baseball. This was before 30 major-league teams were scattered in a blurry variety of divisions; before game seasons and extended playoffs and fans who watched World Series games in thick down jackets; before the D. In that vanished time, there was a ballplayer named Willie Mays. Within a few months, he showed that he had the potential to become one of the greatest players ever to walk on the green grass of the major leagues. He could hit, he could run, he could catch, he could throw. And he brought to the playing of baseball a mysterious, almost magical quality that has disappeared from the professional game. Willie Mays brought us joy.