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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James S. Hirsch Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Willie Mays is one of the most captivating figures in baseball history…I love Willie Mays because he played his game and lives his life with more than talent—he has the mind and heart of a champion.” 

    Bill Clinton

  • “Does a better job than any book before of getting at what it means to be Willie Mays.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “It’s really a pleasure to read the true facts about the life and career of the greatest center fielder of all time.” 

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • “You can make a strong case for Willie Mays as the most complete player in baseball history. And now, at long last, here is the complete and definitive biography of the ‘Say Hey Kid.’” 

    Bob Costas

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 2/16/2014

    " Finally -- a great biography about Willie Mays, that brings out his character as well as his prowess as the greatest ballplayer. I grew up in the same part of the City where Willie Mays lived. We lived below Monterey Blvd., he lived above it. We would drive by his house countless times on the way to somewhere (usually the hospital). We used to go to ball games often. We loved Fan Appreciation Day, when the Giants would give away cars. Best of all, we loved watching Willie Mays play out in centerfield. We saw the greatest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/2/2014

    " Willie Mays has a new fan! I admire his style. He worked every angle to help his team win and did not just limit himself to his assigned position. Off the field he was exemplary as well. It was a long book but I enjoyed Willie's story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bookmarks Magazine | 1/28/2014

    " The readers who seemed to appreciate Hirsch's biography the most were those who either had a personal connection to Mays's story or those who delight in baseball records and minutiae. The book is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone who is excited about an entire chapter devoted to the famous catch in the 1954 World Series (according to Mays himself, the catch was less impressive than the throw). But many reviewers felt the book dragged, either because of the vast detail or the digressions into contemporary American history. But all critics recognized Hirsch's achievement in producing a thorough biography of this major figure in sports history. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Buske | 1/17/2014

    " A superior biography of Willie Mays. It examines his life and puts it into the context of his times. Even though it is essentially told from Mays' point of view, it still comes across as extremely fair. Recommended for all fans of baseball and biography. "

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