Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven

Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven

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by Fritz Peterson
     
 

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FRITZ PETERSON WAS A NEW YORK YANKEE WHO NEVER STOPPED SEARCHING FOR GOD.

In the 1960s in New York City, every young boy dreamed of playing for the Yankees. The difference was that Fritz Peterson was born with a pitcher's arm that would take him to "the Show." In his rookie year, in 1966, Peterson had the opportunity to play with Mickey Mantle and Roger

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FRITZ PETERSON WAS A NEW YORK YANKEE WHO NEVER STOPPED SEARCHING FOR GOD.

In the 1960s in New York City, every young boy dreamed of playing for the Yankees. The difference was that Fritz Peterson was born with a pitcher's arm that would take him to "the Show." In his rookie year, in 1966, Peterson had the opportunity to play with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Then he made a name for himself-both on the field and off.

Like so many of his colleagues, Peterson was a prankster; and as his story unfolds, we are given a home plate look into the quirks and foibles of his time with such baseball greats as Whitey Ford, Thurman Munson, Jim Bouton, Bobby Murcer, Joe Pepitone, and Mel Stottlemyre. In 1973, Peterson was involved in what Sports Illustrated called the most highly publicized trade in all of sports history -when he and a teammate traded wives. The storm of negative publicity and disapproval damaged his career. But whether in his very public years as a baseball player or in his later, private struggle with prostate cancer, Fritz Peterson continued to seek "salvation" and ultimately came to understand the truth of God's Grace.

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ISBN-13:
9781432743840
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/27/2009
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
471,306
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.49(d)

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Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Hownice718 More than 1 year ago
Fritz Peterson has obviously lived a life like no other...and I'm not just referring to his days as a Major League pitcher. From his experiences with the likes of Mantle, Munson ET AL, to his infamous "trade," Fritz tells a great story in an every man's voice. He also relates all of it to people's relationship with God in a manner that even an orthodox agnostic will find fascinating. Tremendously interesting and not just for baseball fans.
mick7marv More than 1 year ago
A reminder that life is full of ups and downs. Peterson takes us back to a period in the storied history of the Yankees, when championships had dried up. He along with Stottlemyre, Murcer and Munson could surely have played with the dynasty Yankees of Mantle, Maris, Ford and Berra. Unfortunately you get slotted in just as in life to fit into the plan. These Yankees of '66-'76 were entertaining and were characters that would fit in to any team chemistry. An excellent read, no matter which team is your favorite. Peterson's sense of humor and courage to share his out of baseball life leaves you longing for more pages.
LouisvilleBruce More than 1 year ago
Good behind the scenes stories about some of the Yankee legends and also the personal faith of Fritz Peterson
Ficca More than 1 year ago
A little trivia for baseball enthusiasts: who had the lowest E.R.A. ever in "The House that Ruth Built"?; It's Fritz Peterson! Who knew? After reading his book, I also learned who the All-Time Yankee Prankster was, once again.... it's Fritz! I Literally L.O.L.'ed on several occasions. I can't say I've done that very often while reading! Without the use of a co-author, the anecdotes retain their innocence (so to speak). Peterson's accounts of practical jokes and horseplay involving Pepitone, Skowron, Munson, Murcer and Clete Boyer,and countless other Yankee greats that he had the privilege of playing with, are straight from the horses' mouth. I felt as though I was sitting along side of him on the bench along with Mantle, Maris and Ford and Billy Martin just shootin' the breeze. The former Yankee (and typically flaky south paw) finally speaks out. Until now, his voice was shrouded by Yankee scrutiny. Black-balled due to the most scandalous trade in baseball history: swapping entire families with team mate Mike Kekich, he has kept a low profile. The time has arrived; he comes forth with treasured stories that were buried behind the Yankees hallowed walls. This is required reading for all Yankee fans, however if you were unfortunate enough to have suffered through the period referred to as "the Horace Clarke era" as I was, you'll get an extra kick out of this very enjoyable read. Woven in with priceless, side-splitting stories, the crafty lefty puts an interesting spin on theology. Fritz concludes each chapter by passing final judgement upon his peers, and determining their eternal destiny. His intentions are pure and the "playing God" act is quite amusing, although the message is not to be taken lightly; it hits home solidly. Fritz could not be more serious when it comes to his faith, although his delivery is extremely entertaining. A home run on my scorecard. Anthony Ficca Hawthorne, NJ