... is what Yankee baseball hero Mickey Mantle respects above all else -- even in people he dislikes. These 23 short, anecdotal essays all emphasize courage in facing the situations that arise in sports and life. The essay/speeches are earnest, and each centers on a common problem that calls for intestinal fortitude -- doing things or going places alone, honesty, etc. The big names of baseball and umpiring are often called into play with stories that illustrate these points. The introduction explains that the author gets many more invitations to address Little League and young people's functions than he can possibly fill. This suggests the usefulness of his book to speakers gathering their intestinal fortitude to face an audience of youngsters.