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Yankee Colors: The Glory Years of the Mantle Era Hardcover – Mar 1 2009
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About the Author
Al Silverman coauthored Gale Sayer's bestselling autobiography, I Am Third. He was a sportswriter and editor of Sport Magazine, and later the publisher of Viking.
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The photos,most rarely seen,Jump off of page after page of breataking color photography. These images make you pine for these long gone Gods of Baseball. The book is also well written, making it a joy to read and gawk at. The black and white photos are not bad either.
A must for yankee fans of all ages, and Baseball fans in general.
This book is a treat to a child of the fifties and sixties, especially those of us who collected baseball cards and knew the value, even then, of a good, mint-condition Mickey Mantle.
This is a great book, a thrilling return to the days of yesteryear when heroes could be heroes, when we were young and unencumbered with the cares of the world.
This book is a trip back in time. And its a good, enjoyable and worthwhile trip, no matter if you are a Yankee fan or a Yankee hater. This was and is baseball at its best. This book is a treasure trove of memories, warm thoughts and wishes--wishes that the game could be once again as it was then.
If you are a child of the fifties and sixties, it is a chronicle of our lives, a more simpler, pure, clean time in our lives...before money and too much media destroyed it all.
Look back, remember, feel good and then, feel a little sadness that these days are gone and these players, who played for the love of the game are gone, the likes of which are never to return.
The book does have some flaws:
1. Misleading title; not every photograph is in color: those of spring training and the 1955 and 1956 World Series are completely in black and white.
2. Lack of coverage, in pictures or text, of the 1951, 1952 and 1953 World Series, all of which Mantle played in.
3. Errors in content. For example, the 1963 World Series section has a picture of Jim Bouton warming up at Yankee Stadium, with the caption claiming this was game three (game three was played at Dodger Stadium).
For these shortcomings, I rated it four stars instead of five. Nevertheless, Yankee Colors is a worthy purchase; seeing the photographs of the stars of yesteryear, such as Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Tony Kubek, Whitey Ford, and of course, Mickey Mantle, plus other great players including Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and Bill Mazeroski, etc., in flannel uniforms, as well as that of long gone ball parks like Crosley Field, Forbes Field, and the pre-mid 1970s rennovation Yankee Stadium lets one travel back in time to a simpler era, when baseball was still more of a game, before it was taken over by free agency, battles between millionaire players and billionaire owners, greed, and steroids.