On Monday, April 2, Georgia Tech History Professor Johnny Smith will discuss his new book, A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle, at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The event will take place in the Museum Theater and begins at 7:00. Smith will sign copies of his book after his talk.
In A Season in the Sun, historians Johnny Smith and Randy Roberts trace the defining moment of Mickey Mantle’s legendary career: 1956, when he overcame a host of injuries and critics to become the most celebrated athlete of his time. Taking us from the action on the diamond to Mantle’s off-the-field exploits, Smith and Roberts depict Mantle not as an ideal role model or a bitter alcoholic, but a complex man whose faults were smoothed over by sportswriters eager to keep the truth about sports heroes at bay. An incisive portrait of an American icon, A Season in the Sun is an essential work for baseball fans and anyone interested in the 1950s.