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The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season

Mickey Mantle was the ideal batter for the atomic age, capable of hitting a baseball harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the perfect idol for postwar America, a wholesome hero from the heartland.

In A Season in the Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith recount the defining moment of Mantle's legendary career: 1956, when he overcame a host of injuries and critics to become the most celebrated athlete of his time. Taking us from the action on the diamond to Mantle's off-the-field exploits, Roberts and Smith depict Mantle not as an ideal role model or a bitter alcoholic but as a complex man whose faults were smoothed over by sportswriters eager to keep the truth about sports heroes at bay. An incisive portrait of an American icon, A Season in the Sun is an essential work for baseball fans and anyone interested in the 1950s.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sex, booze, and an epic home-run race with a ghost: 1956 was a raucous year in baseball, richly recounted here. The homespun heroism of a young Mickey Mantle has endured, even if it was, as authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith detail, crafted for the credulous. A Season in the Sun is a shimmering snow globe of a game and a time gone by." (John Thorn, official historian, Major League Baseball)

"A brisk account of a career and a culture that presages much of our current-day obsession with celebrity." (Kirkus Reviews)

"From the title to its protagonist, A Season in the Sun is baseball: thrilling, heroic, enduring. Mickey Mantle and his times return to us flawed yet still fabulous. Even 60 years later, some stories are so good, they never get old." (Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron)

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