MICKEY AND WILLIE: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age, by Allen Barra. Crown Archetype; 497 pages; $27.
The first time I played ball against Willie Mays, in 1965, it was impossible to take my eyes off him. At bat, in the outfield and on the bases, he did everything differently from — and better than — anybody else. Mays’ style of play could come only from an impressive intelligence and a thoroughly cultivated knowledge of the game.
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