Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages
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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 Baseballís bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of Americaís most significant cultural icons.
  

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User Review  - Romela Encina - Goodreads

Willie Mays was a legendary baseball player who played for the New York and San Francisco Giants. He entered baseball at a time where segregation was still prevalent but he managed to become an ... Read full review

Review: Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

User Review  - John Behle - Goodreads

Vera my wife is learning baseball and we enjoy a Washington Nationals game a couple of times each summer. This book was fun to read during baseball season. I saw Willie Mays play at Crosley Field in ... Read full review

Contents

Alabama Roots
9
The Savior Arrives
81
Headwinds
317
Theres a Feel in the Air
330
Acceptance at Last
346
Youth Is Served
378
Befriended by a Banker
398
The Peacemaker
423
A Piece of Willies Heart
447
A Doctrine of Brotherhood
469
Baseball Royalty
488
New York New York
503
The End of a Love Affair
516
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14
618
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

James S. Hirsch is former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller. Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, which was the basis for the film of the same name starring Denzel Washington. Hirsch is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has a masterís degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett. Born and raised in St. Louis, he remains a diehard Cardinal fan.

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