Daily Dose Pick: Willie Mays

James Hirsch’s comprehensive bio of Willie Mays charts the fascinating life of the intensely private baseball legend during the turbulent civil-rights era.

Commentary by Mays himself offers insight into some of his greatest plays — including the 1954 World Series “catch” — as well as his role in defusing a riot during the Marichal/Roseboro fight in 1965. Among other interesting facts revealed in the first authorized biography of the sports great: baseball was only Mays’ third best sport in high school, behind basketball and football.

Read an excerpt, check out photos, follow James Hirsh on Twitter, and buy the book.