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Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

3 Ratings: 5.0
Biography of Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch

Authorized by Willie Mays and written by a New York Times bestselling author, this is the definitive biography of one of baseball's immortals. Considered to be "as monumental--and enigmatic--a legend as American sport has ever seen" (Sports … see full wiki

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Author: James S Hirsch
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports
Publisher: Scribner
3 reviews about Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
review by . March 26, 2010
   As a true baseball fan and a child of the 60's I loved this book packed with such intricate detail and Willie expressions.  The reader gets a great understanding as to Willie the man and why he is so softspoken.   Willie's personality somewhat reminded me of how Lou Gerhig was portrayed in Pride of the Yankees. Having known practically nothing about Willie's pre-Giant days I really enjoyed tales of how he juggled his high school studies with playing on traveling teams …
review by . April 06, 2010
. . . critical biography of one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of all time -- Willie Mays!    "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend" is an extremely well-written, meticulously researched biography which traces the life of the "Say Hey" kid from his youth in (heavily) segregated Birmingham, AL, through his meteoric rise through the Negro and Minor Leagues, and his Major League career (in great detail). This book, while technically an "authorized biography", written …
review by . March 19, 2010
Almost three decades after they retired from baseball and after a black man has been elected president of the United States, it is sometimes difficult to remember what players such as Willie Mays and Hank Aaron went through. They started playing in the segregated Negro Leagues and were pioneers in the integration of baseball and American society. Through their careers, they saw opportunities open up for black players as coaches, managers and executives. Yet, as late at the middle 1980's baseball …
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