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Mickey Mantle: America Incarnate

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Mickey Mantle: America Incarnate
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Jane Leavy, author of the new biography of Mickey Mantle, emThe Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhoodem, discusses Mantle's life and times with Jim Bouton, a former teammate of Mantle's, and Marty Appel, former PR director of the Yankees. Phil Hochberg moderates the conversation. Broad, blond, and blue-eyed, Mantle became the first sports superstar of the television age. His limitless potential, speed, and power were a metaphor for America’s resources and postwar optimism. As he put it, “I guess you could say I’m what this country is all about.” Mantle was a perennial All-Star and a three-time MVP who played in the World Series in 12 of his first 14 seasons. This discussion was presented in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's "The Champions" exhibition, which spotlights American athletes whose impact has extended beyond sports and made them a part of the larger story of the nation.moreless

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