An essay, which was adapted from a book co-authored by Georgia Tech School of History and Sociology Julius C. “Bud” Shaw Professor of Sports History Johnny Smith, entitled “The Legend of Mickey Mantle” was published by American Heritage, September 3.
Here's an excerpt:
Look at the determination on Mickey Mantle’s face—the resolve in his fierce blue eyes, his flexed jaw, and the hardness around his mouth. Look at the power—the prizefighter’s cheekbones, the bull’s neck, and the hint of a slugger’s shoulders. Is it the face of weakness, the look of a man fragile enough to crack into a million pieces?
The School of History and Sociology is a unit of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.