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New Baseball Biographies

March 20, 2010 by  
Filed under New and Upcoming Releases

There are a number of exciting baseball biographies recently released or coming out over the next few months.  This post talks about recently released biographies on Willie Mays and Roger Maris. In upcoming weeks, BoB will update you on some yet-to-be-released biographies, including ones on Joe Cronin, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.

Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend
by James S. Hirsch (Feb 2010)
Synopsis: Considered to be “as monumental — and enigmatic — a legend as American sport has ever seen” (Sports Illustrated), 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 Baseball’s bold expansion to California. With 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now, in the first biography authorized by and written with the cooperation of Willie Mays, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

Ratings: (limited) Amazon 4.5   B&N 2.5   Goodreads 3.75

Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero
by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary (Mar 2010)

Synopsis: The definitive biography of the baseball legend who broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record—the natural way—and withstood a firestorm of media criticism to become one of his era’s preeminent players. Roger Maris may be the greatest ballplayer no one really knows. In 1961, the soft-spoken man from the frozen plains of North Dakota  enjoyed one of the most amazing seasons in baseball history, when he outslugged his teammate Mickey Mantle to become the game’s natural home-run king. It was Mantle himself who said, “Roger was as good a man and as good a ballplayer as there ever was.” Yet Maris was vilified by fans and the press and has never received his due from biographers—until now.

Editorial Review — Spitball Literary Magazine

Ratings: (limited)  Amazon 4.75   B&N 5 .00   Goodreads  none

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