In one of the most poignant pictures ever made of a great athlete in decline, 33-year-old Mickey Mantle — his electrifying talents blunted by injuries, age and years of alcohol abuse — tosses his helmet away in disgust after a weak at-bat at Yankee Stadium, June 1965. John Dominis
Along with pain, the book has plenty of humor. Pepitone tells of partying with Frank Sinatra and Mickey Mantle, carousing with groupies and hookers, and living the life” of a famous ballplayer in the sixties and seventies.One of the most moving, honest, and hilarious books ever written by an athlete, Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud was selected by Esquire magazine as one of the 20 best baseball books ever.”
LIFE Magazine—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images -- Mickey Mantle on the cover of LIFE magazine, July 30, 1965, with the headline "Mantle's Misery." Mantle's last few years as a player were not the best of times. His post-baseball life was also wracked with hardships, including liver failure and the death of his son Billy. In his prime, though, Mantle was a wonder to behold on the diamond, a rare combination of speed, power, grace, and grit.