The briefly overlapping careers of the great baseball giants Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are brought into focus in a new book, DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers by award winning journalist, Tony Castro. Castro examines side by side the lives of these two icons of America’s pastime. Please join us on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. for a talk and signing by Tony Castro.
DiMag & Mick is a portrait of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the old and young exemplars of what was a more confident, carefree age, not only in baseball but in the country where they were held up as cultural heroes over two generations, symbolic of an America celebrating its recent triumph over Nazism, an America enjoying its peacetime prosperity. Tony Castro shows DiMag and Mick as fathers and sons, rebels and heroes, and reveals the rite of passage of two men who would go down in baseball immortality—DiMaggio as he reluctantly prepares to leave the spotlight of adoration and hero-worship for the glitzy world of Marilyn Monroe’s exploding Hollywood celebrity, and Mantle in his awkward attempt to leave his country roots of Dust Bowl Oklahoma for the big-city exposure and expectations of greatness being placed on him.
“There have been a number of wonderful books about Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle but none are as good as this one. I thought I knew everything there was to know about these two Yankee legends. Boy, was I wrong! Tony Castro has given us a great piece of sports journalism. Many of the intimate details found in DiMag & Mick are simply jaw-dropping.”
— Peter Golenbock, author of Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964
Tony Castro is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Micky Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son, hailed by the New York Times as the best biography ever written about the Hall of Fame legend. A former staff writer at Sports Illustrated and a syndicated political columnist, Castro has written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Morning News. He is a graduate of Baylor University and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.