THE EDUCATION OF A BASEBALL PLAYER by Mickey Mantle

THE EDUCATION OF A BASEBALL PLAYER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As everyone knows, the hand that rocked this cradle was his father's--in fact he even wore a knit baseball cap when he was still in it; when he was a little older Mantle senior bought him a baseball glove which cost a third of his salary. Mickey justified it, and this is the story of the callow country Oklahoma kid who grew up to play big ball, along with alternating insets on just how it's done, much of which comes under the category of moral instruction as well as the technicalities of the game. Mickey learned to stop kicking the water cooler, but he didn't acquire much control over the injuries which were to jinx his Series play in early years, and now see him in the ""late afternoon"" of his career. He tells it with a nice and natural case and he should still be switch-hitting to any field, old or young.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1967
Publisher: Simon & Schuster