Maury Allen's book is a touching tribute to one of baseball's greatest players. Written in part to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Roger Maris' 61 in `61 home run feat, it honors the tormented athlete with memories from the people who knew him best. Family, friends, and teammates reflect on and remember the man who was loved and hated for toppling Babe Ruth's home run record. Most of the book understandably focuses on the 1961 season and examines his upper Midwest childhood and his post-'61 career from such perspective. While Allen doesn't hesitate to weave Maris' record-breaking year into any stage of the narrative, he is careful to expose a gentler Maris the press actively ignored and defiled. The numerous interviews, including ones from Maris' father and high school coaches as well as players Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Mike Shannon, bring great honesty to his tortured character. It also is a strong attempt to redeem a player who in life never rose to the glory he deserved.
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YA Numerous interviews with Maris' friends and teammates reveal an honest and shy man who faced incredible pressure as he threatened and broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. The controversy concerning the difference in the length of their seasons is examined thoroughly. The book, which closely chronicles that famous season of 1961, will be particularly appealing to baseball fans of the late 1950s and on. It is written in reporters' style, but the ``real life'' quality of the interviews sustains interest, and readers become acquainted with that circle of friends who remained in contact with Maris until his death from cancer in 1985. Maris will remain somewhat of a mystery to readers even after all of the interviews. There is a general aura of sadness about his life of struggle with the pressures in 1961, the season-length controversy, and finally with cancer. An appendix of Maris' career playing record is included. Sue McGown, St. John's School, Houston
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As New York Post sportswriter Allen suggests, if ever a sports celebrity was victimized by the press, and by his own shyness, it was Maris. Happy with the Kansas City Athletics, Maris was dejected on being traded to the Yankees, but resolved to do his best nonetheless. His best included a record-setting 61 home runs in 1961, a season when he was virtually besieged by reporters, whom he met after every game and whose questions he answered politely though tersely. Overshadowed by his popular and extroverted teammate Mickey Mantle, he developed a reputation as being thorny, difficult, even hostile. In interviews with many who knew Maris, Allen shows him to have been a warm and friendly, if private, man. The book is an unabashed pitch for Maris, who died in 1985, to be elected to the Hall of Fame, but it is also most affecting, and the opening chapter is sportwriting at its best. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descrizione libro Dutton Adult, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0917657942
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110917657942
Descrizione libro Dutton Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0917657942 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1450832