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"The Last Boy" - Mickey Mantle


Posted by: Chuck (jcsherwood8458@sbcglobal.net) on Wed Jan 5 05:04:20 2011


Have you read and do you have any commentary on the chapter in Jane Leavy's new book "The Last Boy" that analyzes Mickey Mantle's swing mechanics? Is it fair to say that the analysis has many strong rotational elements but also includes some flawed linear components?


On page 410 - "And , in the argot of hitting coaches, he kept his hands inside the ball, which means he kept them to himself. In so doing he was obeying what physicists call the law of conservation of angular momentum..."

Page 411 - "Striding forward, Mantle threw all the accumulated force against his locked front leg, which is typical of left-handed power hitters."

Page 412 - "As he moved forward, he lifted his back foot as much as 3 to 6 inches off the ground, prima facie evidence of a complete transfer of weight onto his front side."


Thanks,
Chuck


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