• Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

    Posted by on April 14th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that I’ve been reading “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” by James S. Hirsch. (For more on that see here, here and here.)

    I’ve now finished the book and can share that “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” is one of the greatest baseball biographies that I’ve ever read – and I’ve read more than my fair share of these types of books.

    Mays played his last game a couple of months after I saw my first big league game. So, I never saw him play – at least that I recall. And, for sure, I missed seeing him in his prime. However, I was always aware of his statistical greatness. In fact, in my book, I make the case that – per the numbers – Mays and Honus Wagner were the greatest all-around players in National League history.

    In any event, before I read “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” I never knew much about Mays as a person. Sure, I may have thought that I knew some things – based on what I’ve read and heard here and there. But, now, having read Hirsch’s book, I have a much better and full understanding of the Willie Mays story – and it’s a great one. Thanks to this book, I now consider myself a raving fan of Willie Mays and truly lament not being able to see him in his prime.

    I’m very grateful for the chance to read a book like this one – it’s extremely well done and engrossing. And, I highly recommend “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend.” The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. Really, it’s so good that I found myself, once done, wishing that I could keep reading it – since it was so enjoyable. (Don’t take this to mean that the story is not completely told. That’s not the case. Hirsch covers it all in this one. More so, it’s just that I’m going to miss reading this book since it was such a pleasure to open it up each time and learn so much.)

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