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By Allen Barra

Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age

 

Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age

Allen Barra

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Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light-years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age and almost the same size, and they came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents and played the same position. They were both products of generations of baseball-playing families, for whom the game was the only escape from a lifetime of brutal manual labor. Both were nearly crushed by the weight of the outsized expectations placed on them, first by their families and later by America. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience.


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Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books including “Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age” (2014), "Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark" (2014), and "Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee" (2009) .

 

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