Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch audiobook

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

By James S Hirsch
Read by Michael Boatman

Simon & Schuster Audio
10.15 Hours 1
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The “enormously entertaining and wide-ranging” (Seattle Times) authorized, definitive, New York Times bestselling biography of Willie Mays, the most complete baseball player of all time. Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player. Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.

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A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2010 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

The “enormously entertaining and wide-ranging” (Seattle Times) authorized, definitive, New York Times bestselling biography of Willie Mays, the most complete baseball player of all time.

Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Willie Mays is one of the most captivating figures in baseball history…I love Willie Mays because he played his game and lives his life with more than talent—he has the mind and heart of a champion.”  Bill Clinton
“Does a better job than any book before of getting at what it means to be Willie Mays.” Sports Illustrated
“It’s really a pleasure to read the true facts about the life and career of the greatest center fielder of all time.”  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“You can make a strong case for Willie Mays as the most complete player in baseball history. And now, at long last, here is the complete and definitive biography of the ‘Say Hey Kid.’”  Bob Costas

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Author

Author Bio: James S. Hirsch

Author Bio: James S. Hirsch

James S. Hirsch is a journalist and New York Times bestselling author whose books include biographies of Willie Mays and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and examinations of military issues, the health care system, and global philanthropy. Hirsch won the Christopher Award for Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English