Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch audiobook

Willie Mays

By James S. Hirsch
Read by Adam Grupper

27.43 Hours 03/08/2011 Unabridged
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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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Summary

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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

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. Play after play, year after year, he thrilled us with his unmatched combination of speed and power, skill and daring. Hirsch tells us Willie’s compelling story, from his humblest of upbringings in Alabama to his rise, in the face of immense prejudice, to become one of Major League Baseball’s early African American players to his becoming an enduring American icon as the ‘Say Hey Kid.’ 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
“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, broadcaster, NBC Sports and Major League Baseball Network
“The definitive biography of one baseball’s immortals…With meticulous research, and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a complex portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.”  Amazon.com, editorial review

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 27.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English