The Last Boy
Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
By Jane Leavy
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060883539, 468pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year
Jane Leavy, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Sandy Koufax: A Leftys Legacy, returns with a biography of an American original: number 7, Mickey Mantle. Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy is a baseball tapestry that weaves together episodes from the authors weekend with the Mick in Atlantic City, where she interviewed her hero in 1983 after he was banned from baseball, with reminiscences from friends and family. It is the story of a boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, who would lead the Yankees to seven world championships, be voted the American Leagues Most Valuable Player three times, win the Triple Crown in 1956, and duel teammate Roger Maris for Babe Ruths home run crown in the summer of 1961a boy who would never grow up. The Last Boy is an uncommon biography, with literary overtonesnot only a portrait of an icon but also an investigation of memory itself.