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Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Book Standard: Judith Regan Goes To Bat With “Inventive” Mickey Mantle Memoir

Ohh…to go back to the gentler times of innocent beaver-shooting.

After striking out with O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It, Regan Books is back with another not-quite-nonfiction, not-quite-fiction book, 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel, by Peter Golenbock, Publishers Weekly reported today. Described as an “inventive memoir” by the author, the book is about baseball great Mickey Mantle and insiders who have seen the book called it “porn,” “debased” and “exploitative.” 7 is set to be published in March.

...There are several passages that will most likely be controversial, including claims that Mantle had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while she was married to Joe DiMaggio and that the late Billy Martin was a rapist.

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2006 at 12:00 AM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Halofan Posted: December 14, 2006 at 12:33 AM (#2260706)
Blame this whole fiasco on Kinsella and his fictionalized JD Salinger encounters...
   2. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 14, 2006 at 12:33 AM (#2260707)
“Every time I sat down to outline it, I knew that all of the stories that were told to me over the years were not documentable, and it concerned me, especially after what happened with Jim Frey,”

I was hoping for something involving former Cub manager Jim Frey, but it turns out this is Oprah-related.
   3. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: December 14, 2006 at 01:26 AM (#2260759)
Aren't all Golenbock books "inventive" to various degrees?
   4. ian Posted: December 14, 2006 at 01:27 AM (#2260760)
Sounds like a load of horseshit.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: December 14, 2006 at 01:44 AM (#2260769)
There are several passages that will most likely be controversial, including claims that Mantle had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while she was married to Joe DiMaggio and that the late Billy Martin was a rapist.

That sound you heard from the east is Bob Costas and Billy Crystal's heads exploding.
   6. Count Posted: December 14, 2006 at 02:01 AM (#2260783)
Quick, someone with more knowledge of Mickey Mantle than me make an "if I did it" joke.
   7. zonk Posted: December 14, 2006 at 02:19 AM (#2260799)
Maybe the fact that my dad was such a Yankee fan shielded me from it --- but I had always been led to believe that while Mantle was certainly a hard drinkin' party boy (much like any young kid from a small midwest farm would be if he were suddenly rich, in NY, and starring for the best team in baseball), he was the sort of 'happy drunk', rather the Martin-esque type.

... just one question -

Would that mean that Cindy Sandberg plays Marilyn Monroe, DiMaggio, or Mantle in the made-for-TV FOX movie?
   8. zonk Posted: December 14, 2006 at 02:22 AM (#2260801)
...and Anna Benson could certainly play Monroe in the made-for-Cinimax late night knock of it.
   9. scareduck Posted: December 14, 2006 at 02:36 AM (#2260811)
Sounds like she ought to be able to find a job as a Bush speechwriter...
   10. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: December 14, 2006 at 03:27 AM (#2260857)
sounds sweet, I hope there's some sorta homo-sexual love aspect to this.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 14, 2006 at 04:25 AM (#2260930)
Mickey Mantle's views on rape are just about the same as Casey's.
   12. A Random 8-Year-Old Eskimo Posted: December 14, 2006 at 05:02 AM (#2260957)
...There are several passages that will most likely be controversial, including claims that Mantle had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while she was married to Joe DiMaggio and that the late Billy Martin was a rapist.

And she's still just trying to draw attention away from the fact she slept with Bernard Kerik.
   13. Can't settle on a screen name Posted: December 14, 2006 at 08:37 AM (#2261047)
Mantle slept with Monroe? Martin may have raped somebody? I am shocked...SHOCKED, I tells ya. I doubt a man with the strong personal character and self control of Billy Martin could do such a thing.
   14. baudib Posted: December 14, 2006 at 01:16 PM (#2261071)
The passages are ridiculously lurid; they are downright pornographic/Penthouse forum.
   15. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: December 14, 2006 at 03:33 PM (#2261126)
While he works away at it, Marilyn just lies there staring at him with cold, accusing eyes.

"Boy," she said, echoing the thousands upon thousands of Yankee fans before her, "you're no DiMaggio, that's for sure."
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: December 14, 2006 at 03:39 PM (#2261131)
That sound you heard from the east is Bob Costas and Billy Crystal's heads exploding.

If that's Judith Regan's purpose here on Earth, then I owe the Creator a beer.
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 14, 2006 at 03:50 PM (#2261141)
Apparently, Marilyn Monroe was also an early proponent of the platoon system.
   18. Styles P. Deadball Posted: December 14, 2006 at 04:12 PM (#2261160)
No platooning for The Mick. Remember, he was a switch-hitter.
   19. scotto Posted: December 14, 2006 at 04:17 PM (#2261168)
"Boy," she said, echoing the thousands upon thousands of Yankee fans before her, "you're no DiMaggio, that's for sure."

Awesome.
   20. Styles P. Deadball Posted: December 14, 2006 at 04:21 PM (#2261172)
No platooning for The Mick. Remember, he was a switch-hitter.
   21. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: December 14, 2006 at 04:27 PM (#2261183)
Aren't all Golenbock books "inventive" to various degrees?


I read Dynasty as a kid. IIRC, it was one of the first baseball history books that I read. Also, IIRC, I think that it's weakness was a reliance too much on player interviews and little or no fact-checking that info.
   22. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: December 14, 2006 at 06:38 PM (#2261369)
Aren't all Golenbock books "inventive" to various degrees?

Yes. And he's used the Billy Martin was a rapist angle before.
   23. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 14, 2006 at 06:43 PM (#2261378)
No wonder Ed Whitson fought back so hard.
   24. The Original SJ Posted: December 14, 2006 at 06:44 PM (#2261380)
Mickey Mantle's views on rape are just about the same as Casey's.

This is excellent.
   25. scareduck Posted: December 14, 2006 at 06:55 PM (#2261393)
Aren't all Golenbock books "inventive" to various degrees?

Sure you're not thinking of Little Golden Books?
   26. The District Attorney Posted: December 14, 2006 at 07:13 PM (#2261418)
Seven? Yeah, I guess I could see it... seven. Seven pages per chapter, seven beatings a day, roughly seven stitches a beating, and eventually seven years to life.

Seriously, though... Golenbock to write this?? Why not get a real fiction writer. I know the Philip Roths of the world probably don't do work for hire, but, jeez. Golenbock???

I do at least agree that if Martin were still around, it's not impossible to envision that he'd be signing baseballs "I'm sorry I raped those women."
   27. Flynn Posted: December 14, 2006 at 07:17 PM (#2261426)
Seven eh?

GEORGE: No, Seven.

SUSAN: Seven Costanza? You're serious?

GEORGE: Yeah. It's a beautiful name for a boy or a girl...

Susan scoffs.

GEORGE: ...especially a girl. Or a boy.

SUSAN: I don't think so.

GEORGE: What, you don't like the name?

SUSAN: It's not a name. It's a number.

GEORGE: I know. It's Mickey Mantle's number. So not only is it an all

Around beautiful name, it is also a living tribute.

SUSAN: It's awful. I hate it!

GEORGE: (angry) Well, that's the name!

SUSAN: (also angry) Oh no it is not! No child of mine is ever going to

be named Seven!

GEORGE: (yelling) Awright, let's just stay calm here! Don't get all

crazy on me!
   28. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 15, 2006 at 06:52 PM (#2262351)
No wonder Ed Whitson fought back so hard.


Another gem!

Best Regards

John
   29. AndrewJ Posted: December 16, 2006 at 02:29 AM (#2262888)
The plot thickens. Courtesy of The Drudge Report, which broke away from the Tim Johnson Deathwatch long enough for this exclsuive:

EXCLUSIVE **7:34 PM ET** PUBLISHING GURU JUDITH REGAN LET GO FROM MURDOCH EMPIRE... Judith Regan's employment with Harpercollins has been terminated effective immediately, sources tell DRUDGE REPORT... Regan publishing program and staff will continue as part of the Harpercollins general books group... The OJ fiasco is not the main reason for terminating the world's most successful publisher, sources explain. "Many factors led to this decision," says an insider. The force behind smash bestsellers by Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Sean Hannity and others could not be reached for comment late Friday...
   30. BDC Posted: December 16, 2006 at 02:52 AM (#2262899)
"Exclusive"? There was a public announcement of the firing at 7pm ET, according to the New York Times.
   31. AndrewJ Posted: December 16, 2006 at 03:24 PM (#2263102)
Apparently the OJ book controversy was the straw that broke the camel's back, but the buzz surrounding the Mantle novel wasn't that positive either.

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