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By Ted Craig July 30, 2019 1823
People will sometimes talk about how Willie Mays played for too long and is remembered for stumbling in the outfield. One could argue that Lee Iacocca stayed for too long in the public eye. His first book, titled simply “Iacocca,” is still considered a classic business read. But his last book, “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?,” is a mess. He comes across as that drunk uncle who corners you at a party, rambles on with vague generalities, punctuates the conversation with “You know how it is,” as if you agree with him, and in the end says, “Where have all the leaders gone?” “Where?” “Exactly.”
But does this really tarnish Iacocca’s legacy? No. Few people remember this book and fewer have read it. His legacy stands.
Most people also don’t think of Willie Mays falling down in the 1973 World Series, either. They think of him making that theatrical catch in the 1954 World Series. By the way, the overlooked part of the stumbling story is that the Mets were in the World Series and Mays was a key contributor to that accomplishment. Mays only played in 66 games but he hit six home runs and added 10 doubles. He probably would have been even more valuable if the NL had adapted the DH, but even then the Mets wanted him back for the ‘74 season. 
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