TONY CASTRO, author of the soon to be published DiMag & Mick, was critically acclaimed for his best-selling Mickey Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son that The New York Times hailed as the best biography ever written about the baseball Hall of Fame icon.
DiMag & Mick: Sibling Rivals, Yankee Blood Brothers is based on interviews with DiMaggio and Mantle, as well as many of the women in their lives and their friends, and previously unreleased recorded conversations.
Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle were the legends of the greatest team in the greatest era of the game at the greatest time in America – and it seems that forever they have been depicted as bitter enemies fighting over who was the greatest New York Yankee.
But in his brilliant new book Tony Castro reveals for the first time that the two sports legends shared a lifelong private friendship that began in 1951 – the final season of DiMaggio’s glorious career and Mantle’s sensational rookie year – amid a turbulent climate that created the public feud that, in fact, never existed.
Formerly a staff writer for Sports Illustrated, Castro is nationally recognized as one of the most knowledgeable historians of the New York Yankees during baseball’s Golden Age of mid-20th Century America.
Tony developed a personal friendship with Mantle in Mickey’s first years after retirement when the two became golf playing partners in Dallas, Texas. Castro detailed their friendship in his latest book, The Prince of South Waco: American Dreams and Great Expectations, a coming of age memoir about growing up in Texas.
Tony is also the author of the landmark civil rights history Chicano Power: The Emergence of Mexican America, which Publishers Weekly called “brilliant… a valuable contribution to the understanding of our time.”
Chicano Power has been re-issued in a special 40th anniversary edition. Castro was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where he did graduate work on American Studies and comparative literature — studying under Homeric scholar and translator Robert Fitzgerald and Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz. He is currently also working on a biography of Ernest Hemingway.
The Prince of South Waco: American Dreams and Great Expectations, is his touching and provocative coming of age memoir about growing up in Texas in the 1950s and 1960s. The book has drawn critical acclaim as a powerful Gatsbyesque drama of unrequited love driving a youthful passion to succeed at any cost.
“Readers who step into Tony’s Time Machine, The Prince of South Waco, are in for a thrilling, lyrical ride, a true tale of romantic woes and raucous rebellion that will break readers’ hearts,” writes Preston Kirk, the former United Press International reporter who covered Texas.
“Castro’s coming-of-age story is a painfully poignant memoir of romance, racism and self-discovery fraught with recollections of lynchings, Jim Crow-ism, no-white-girl speeches, growing up Chicano and excelling as one of the best and brightest of emerging young journalists of his time. ‘How do you reclaim your destiny when it has been so connected with a love that has been lost?’ asks the author. And therein lies this soulful impasse.”
Bob Vickrey, a columnist at the Waco Tribune-Herald writes: “Tony Castro’s honest and powerful memoir captures the essential American story of the struggle for cultural assimilation. The very best stories are written in blood, and in Castro’s finely woven personal narrative, the reader can almost feel his heart beating.”
He is currently working on a biography of Ernest Hemingway. As a journalist, Castro was a prize-winning columnist and political writer whose work has included covering American presidential campaigns since 1964, reporting on civil wars in Central America and traveling with his Chicano activist friend Carlos Guerra to Cuba in the late 1960s where they met with Fidel Castro.
Castro’s reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News and The Texas Observer. He was a columnist at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for the late legendary editor Jim Bellows.
A native of Waco, Texas, Castro is a graduate of Baylor University and was also a fellow at the Washington Journalism Center. He was a founding board member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and served as a trustee of the Greater Houston Human Relations Commission. Castro is also formerly a board member of the Los Angeles Press Club.