“The Classic Mantle”
By Buzz Bissinger / Photos by Marvin E. Newman
Hardcover, 144 pages ($19.95)
The author of “Friday Night Lights” turns his journalist’s eye on one of baseball’s all-time icons and sports heroes, the three-time American League MVP who played his entire 18-year career for the New York Yankees, who never let his injuries keep him from the games, and whose flaws couldn’t overshadow his reputation as a role model. Mantle, a power hitter from both sides of the plate and a defensive threat who snatched fly balls from the air in center field, is celebrated in the words and photos of this insightful portrait of his life and career, which looks behind and beyond the statistics to tell the story of the blonde-haired boy from Oklahoma who grew up to become the Yankee’s legendary No. 7.