You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Books

Book review

‘Mickey and Willie’ by Allen Barra

Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays both emerged on the New York baseball scene in 1951 and had their heydays as the game’s best center fielders well into the 1960s. If theirs was the sport’s Golden Age, as many baseball aficionados believe, it is largely because these two were its most transcendent figures. As Allen Barra writes in “Mickey and Willie,” if they, in their prime, “lined up together to compete against all other players in the record books at the same age and under exactly the same conditions, it would be obvious that they are the two greatest players in the history of the game.”

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week