The Quality of Courage: Heroes in and out of Baseball

Overview

As a man who played baseball brilliantly despite near-constant pain from a succession of injuries, Mickey Mantle knew something about courage. In The Quality of Courage we find Mickey’s opinion on some of his widely-recognized associates including Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, Casey Stengel, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams. Here also are Mantle’s opinions on some lesser known but equally meritorious candidates: war hero and pitcher Lou Brissie and umpire Bill Grieve. And then there is his opinion of those with ...
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Overview

As a man who played baseball brilliantly despite near-constant pain from a succession of injuries, Mickey Mantle knew something about courage. In The Quality of Courage we find Mickey’s opinion on some of his widely-recognized associates including Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, Casey Stengel, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams. Here also are Mantle’s opinions on some lesser known but equally meritorious candidates: war hero and pitcher Lou Brissie and umpire Bill Grieve. And then there is his opinion of those with whom he probably felt the strongest bond: players such as Roy Campanella, Don Zimmer, and Jimmy Piersall whose principal asset of physical excellence was suddenly taken from them. Much is made of the need for role models in our society, but it is perhaps as instructive to learn which qualities the role models themselves find worthy of respect and emulation. Mickey gives us his list in his characteristic straightforward style, leavened with humor and a wealth of good stories.
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Though winter still rages, it's never too early to start thinking about baseball. In this 1964 memoir, the great Mantle talks about his own life in the game as well as his relationship with many of the other star players of his day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803282599
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.43 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees, leading the team to twelve World Series between 1951 and 1968. Robert W. Creamer is the author of a shelf of fine baseball books including Babe: The Legend Comes to Life and the following Bison Books: Stengel: His Life and Times, Jocko (with Jocko Conlan), and Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat (with Red Barber).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Read it & read it again!

    I first read this book as a boy in the New York Metropolitan area. I was a huge fan of Mickey Mantle and the Yankees. I've regularly thought of the book. My favorite story was of the man carrying the oil lantern. Recently I decided to try to find a copy and was very pleased that it is back in print. Great book for man & boy, woman & girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Courage and Hope

    Inspiring book not only about baseball but about life.

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