It’s October and the Yankees are hot stuff again. Perfect timing to meet author Jane Leavy, whose new book, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood is already getting enormous raves (it’ll be reviewed in this Sunday’s Times Book Review by Keith Olbermann). Leavy will be at the Yogi Berra Museum on Thursday, 10/14 at 7:30 p.m. and will be discussing her research and fascination with Mantle.
Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with friends and family, teammates, and opponents, Leavy’s book delivers the definitive account of Mantle’s life, mining the mythology of The Mick for the true story of a luminous and illustrious talent with an achingly damaged soul. “I believe in memory, not memorabilia,” Leavy writes in her preface. But in The Last Boy, she discovers that what we remember of our heroes—and even what they remember of themselves—is only where the story begins.
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Copies of the book will be available at the museum and admission is included with purchase.
For more information, click here, or call (973) 655-2378.
Baristanet has a signed copy of The Last Boy, and we’ll give it to the first person to correctly answer the Mantle trivia question, below. Enter your answer as a comment, please. Admission to Leavy’s talk will be included in the prize.
QUESTION: How many home runs did Mantle hit before he turned 20?