Saturday, March 10, 2007

Drag bunt

He was the fastest from home to first that ever was.

7 The Mickey Mantle Novel

I was asked by to write about how 7 The Mickey Mantle Novel came into being. Because I was asked to write this exclusively for their website, I cannot reproduce it in its entirety. But I will put up the first few paragraphs and you can go to to read the rest.

I met Mickey Mantle for the first time in 1974 when I was writing my first book, Dynasty. He had asked me to meet him at his home in Dallas, but when I arrived, I was informed he had flown to New York and I could meet him in the clubhouse of Yankee Stadium the next day. Back on the plane I went.

During an hour-long interview which I conducted in the Yankee clubhouse, Mickey talked about his career, his love of the game, and the nightmares that woke him up almost every night. During the middle of the interview New York Times reporter John Drebinger entered the clubhouse, and Mickey then told me that Drebby had a hearing aid and that Mickey would move his mouth, pretending to talk so Drebby would turn the hearing aid up, and when he got it up all the way, he’d scream at the top of his lungs. Mickey, myself, and everyone standing around listening roared with laughter.

That was Mickey, irreverent, complex, funny and sad.