“WHEN YOU COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD, TAKE IT”: Signed Limited Edition of My Favorite Summer 1956; Signed by Mickey Mantle
My Favorite Summer 1956.
Mickey Mantle & Phil Pepe.
Item Number: 4631
New York: Doubleday, 1991.
Signed limited first edition. Octavo, original leather. Signed by Mickey Mantle in gold ink on the front panel. Laid in is the information regarding that Mickey Mantle signed a limited number for the publisher, Doubleday. In near fine condition. Uncommon.
Mickey Mantle, like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio before him, was arguably the most beloved player of his time in New York, and in this look back at his greatest year, written with New York Daily News sportswriter Pepe, one understands why he was so popular. In 1956 the Yankee centerfielder won the Triple Crown, batting .353 to beat Ted Williams, knocking in 130 runs to beat Al Kaline and hitting 52 home runs to beat everybody. He won the Most Valuable Player award and figured importantly in the World Series, chiefly because of a catch he made to preserve Don Larsen's perfect game. Mantle writes as well of his notorious escapades with Whitey Ford and Billy Martin and of his special relationship with manager Casey Stengel, but what readers will carry away is the picture of a fierce competitor who also seems to be a warm and generous-hearted human being.