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Gotta Love Mickey Mantle

  • Jul 12, 2010
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I enjoyed the unpretentiousness of a pro baseball player turned author
to give an account of how NY Yankee baseball was played in the heyday years
of Mantle and Maris
 


For the pure fun and novelty of being there, not -EMBEDED clubhouse
humor, as it really occurs with guys who's testostrone is leaking on the
locker room floor.

 


NY Yankee Clubhouse, Playing Field and the players

 


Diminishing one time great pitcher, Bouton (Author) who
decides to write about his cronies, the Stars of the NY Yankees
and their on and off the playing field behavior


 


The characters are the Players of the New York Yankees
in the 60's Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and
the Owner, wives, girlfriends, and over the top antics

 


Personalities of Ted 'Fuckin' Williams, Yogi Berra misquotes,
and the afterhours out of the ball park human behavior that comes
with celebrity and fame

 


In the batting cage with:  I'm Ted 'Fuckin' Williams,
Mickey Mantle after hitting a home run drunk "you don't know how hard that really was"

 


A humorous tale of how players behave, and act toward
their own glory and faults

 

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Major League Pitcher,  telling the story of a gang of Ballplayers
who are gifted, and overrated,  their interaction with the
other players and fans.

 


Done on location by the author, Yankee Stadium in New York City

 

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review by . May 13, 2009
posted in Just Baseball
I remember reading this book when it first came out and the stir it caused. It was the first time an athlete pulled no punches and described what goes on in the locker room and off the field. Bouton took a lot of heat and was blacklisted by many within MLB for his comments. The book is actually a diary of Bouton's comback season with the Seattle Pilots (they are now the Milwaukee Brewers). They were an expansion team with a few big name washed-up stars. Bouton, once a fireballer for the New York …
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