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Jane Leavy, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Sandy Koufax: A Leftys Legacy, returns with a biography of an American originalMickey Mantle. Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with friends and family, teammates and opponents, she delivers the definitive account of Mantles life, mining the mythology of The Mick to excavate the true story of an illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul.
Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy is a baseball tapestry that weaves together reminiscences from friends and family of the boy from Commerce, Oklahoma who would lead the Yankees to seven world championships, be voted the American Leagues Most Valuable Player three times, win the Triple Crown in 1956, and duel teammate Roger Maris for Babe Ruths home run crown in the summer of 1961. The same boy who would never grow up.
Leavy transcends the hyperbole of hero worship to reveal the man behind the coast-to-coast smile who grappled with a wrenching childhood, crippling injuries, and a genetic predisposition to alcoholism. In The Last Boy, Leavy chronicles her search to find out more about the person he was and, given who he was, to explain his paradoxical hold on a generation of baseball fans who were seduced by that lopsided, gap-toothed grin.
Ultimately, though, with The Last Boy, Leavy discovers that what we remember of our heroesand even what they remember of themselvesis only where the story begins.
About the Author
Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called the best novel ever written about baseball by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.