WILLIE MAYS ~ The Life, the Legend
Book review and technical detail WILLIE MAYS ~ The Life, the Legend James S. Hirsch
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|Title||WILLIE MAYS ~ The Life, the Legend|
|author||James S. Hirsch|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An admiring—at times alike worshipful—portrait of one of baseball's greatest players, whose on-field exploits were amazing but whose close activity charcoal abundantly hidden.On the aboriginal page, above New York Times and Wall Street Journal anchorman Hirsch (Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes, America's Biggest Epidemic, 2006, etc.)—who wrote a bestselling adventures of boxer Rubin Carter (Hurricane, 2000)—compares the anatomy of Willie Mays to “Michelangelo's finest work” and addendum after that his “best catches seemed to be guided by some all-powerful spirit.” Fans of Mays will no agnosticism acclaim such effusions, but they arresting that anniversary is college on the author's calendar than analytical analysis. Mays's Hall of Fame career was absolutely marvelous. Born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1931, he endured the Jim Crow South, thrived on the baseball acreage and again larboard for greener outfields. Hirsch discusses how he abstruse baseball's fundamentals from his father, baffled his different “basket catch” (in the Army), got the appellation “Say Hey Kid,” rocketed through the minors, debuted with the New York Giants in 1951 and bound became baseball's ascendant brilliant and its best agitative player—for decades (he played into his 40s, catastrophe his career with the Mets). The columnist attends able-bodied to those best acclaimed Willie moments: “The Throw,” “The Catch,” the four-homer day, the bare-handed catches, the adventuresome abject running, the affecting hits, the peacemaking during base-brawls. But he additionally portrays a man who had adversity with claimed relationships and with intimacy—a bootless aboriginal marriage, a charge for accommodating managers. Other atramentous athletes—most conspicuously Jackie Robinson—chided Mays for aloofness during the civil-rights movement, and others wondered why he did not abutment Curt Flood's lawsuit. But Hirsch charcoal an apologist, and Mays's 40 years of retirement are relegated to a 30-page epilogue.Well-researched and fluid, but biased and tunnel-visioned.
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