A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle

A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle

by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465094424
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 425,916
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Randy Roberts is distinguished professor of history at Purdue University. An award-winning author, he focuses on the intersection of popular and political culture, and has written or co-written biographies of such iconic athletes and celebrities as Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Bear Bryant, Oscar Robertson, John Wayne and Muhammad Ali, as well as books on the Vietnam War, the Alamo, the 1973-1974 college basketball season, and West Point football during World War II. A Season in the Sun is the second book he has written with Johnny Smith. Roberts lives in Lafayette, Indiana.

Johnny Smith
is the Julius C. "Bud" Shaw Professor in Sports, Society, and Technology and an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Tech. He is the co-author of Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (with Randy Roberts) and the author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball. Smith lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Blue-Eyed Boy ix

1 A Father's Dream 1

2 The Commerce Comet 11

3 The Natural 33

4 The Great American Game 57

5 "Match That!" 83

6 The Boy Has Come of Age 107

7 The Gods 131

8 "I Love Mickey" 155

9 The Best in the Game 179

10 Aristocrats and Bums 207

Epilogue: The Last Snapshot 233

Acknowledgments 245

Abbreviations used in Notes 247

Notes 249

Bibliography 267

Index 271

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