ROOKIE IN PINSTRIPES
About the Book
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, 1951. Nineteen-year-old Mickey Mantle puts on the New York Yankees’ famous white pinstriped uniform. His stomach roils. Sweat beads his brow. Today is his first major league game in front of a near-capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium, and there is one man Mickey doesn’t want to disappoint above all others: his father. Mickey Mantle: Rookie in Pinstripes is the uplifting true story of how a painfully shy teenager from rural Commerce, Oklahoma, became one of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball. While he looked to Joe DiMaggio for inspiration and dreamed of someday playing with that great New York Yankee, Mickey’s true hero was his dad. Raised during the Depression, Mickey learned how to catch, hit, and field the ball from his father, Elvin. In high school, Mickey suffered a football injury that revealed a serious bone disorder. He wondered if he would ever play baseball again. But with the support and love of his father, he overcame his affliction and signed with the New York Yankees in 1949. A moving story of Mickey’s early years in baseball, from his difficult rookie season to his triumphant return in 1951, Mickey Mantle portrays the everlasting bond between father and son and the making of one of baseball’s greatest legends.
About the Author
Fred Glueckstein, a columnist and nonfiction author of The ’27 Yankeesand Of Men, Women, and Horses, was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award in 2006. Raised in the Bronx, he lives with his wife, Eileen, in Sykesville, Maryland. They have two children, Brian and Debra.