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Willie Mays

James S. Hirsch

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Description:

Considered to be "as monumental—and enigmatic—a legend as American sport has ever seen" (Sports Illustrated), Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the joy and passion he brought to the game. Mays began as a teenage phenom in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. With 3,383 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed and stylistic bravado that fans had never seen before. Now, in the first biography authorized by and written with the cooperation of Willie Mays, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player. Willie is perhaps best known for "The Catch"—his breathtaking over-the-shoulder grab in the 1954 World Series. It is a classic visual that represents a transcendent figure who ushered in a new era of baseball, received standing ovations around the globe, and—during the turbulent civil rights era—advocated understanding and reconciliation. However, the years of racial attacks, the stress of celebrity, and the mental and physical demands of the game also took a toll. Meticulously researched and drawing on lengthy interviews with Mays, as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a complex portrait of one of America's most significant cultural icons.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Grupper

Length:

27h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:35

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

49:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

47:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

50:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

45:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

49:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

43:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

33:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

38:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

55:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

27:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

40:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

46:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

53:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

45:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

36:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

36:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

35:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

35:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

34:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

23:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

35:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

32:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

44:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

39:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

49:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

35:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

38:04