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Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend James S. Hirsch

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

James S. Hirsch

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ISBN : 9781439171653
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640 pages
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pConsidered to be as monumental -- and enigmatic -- a legend as American sport has ever seen (iSports Illustrated/i), Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began asMorepConsidered to be as monumental -- and enigmatic -- a legend as American sport has ever seen (iSports Illustrated/i), 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 Baseballs 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.pWillie is perhaps best known for The Catch -- his breathtaking over-the-shoulder grab in the 1954 World Series. But he 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 complex portrait of one of Americas most significant cultural icons.