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.