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How Would Mickey Mantle Have Fared in the Social Media Age?

ShutterstockMantleTussaudsOn the heels of Robert Lipsyte’s final column, The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel has posted a sparkling 6-4-3 email Q&A with the outgoing ESPN ombudsman. Among other things, he gets Lipsyte to highlight who his favorite current sportswriter is.

Another strand that jumped out to FishbowlNY occurs about halfway through the conversation. Glasspiegel notes how Mickey Mantle was rude to Lipsyte as a young reporter and wonders, in today’s Deadspin, TMZ and social media-driven media age, whether the gruff Yankee would have been quite so deified. Lipsyte’s answer:

“It’s a great question, Ryan, because by thinking about it, you start to think about how we are treating this generation of big, rich, handsome hormone-driven child men. Mickey was 19 when he hit New York in 1951, suddenly free of the Oklahoma mines. He stuffed his insecurity by screwing and drinking. His story – father issues, early marriage and kids, wild companions, no real guidance from the club – gets repeated every season, every sport.”

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RIP: A LIFE Photographer Who Covered It All

At the beginning of his tribute to John Dominis, the celebrated LIFE photographer who passed away Monday in New York City at age 92, LIFE.com editor Ben Cosgrove writes: “We won’t see your like again.” Cosgrove is absolutely and, sadly, right.

Dominis belonged to another era. The one before cell phones, Instagram and filters made everyone a photographer; a time when folks in the U.S. relied on three network TV channels and a small number of news magazines for the domestic and international scoop.

Cosgrove frames a slide show of 33 Dominis photos, each worth a thousand words. We urge you to click on over to LIFE.com, go full screen and bask in the incredible composition of Dominis’ shots, like this one taken in Vietnam in 1961:

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Mickey Book Author: News Corp. Decision To Not Publish Was ‘Un-American’

mickey_author_7.jpgPeter Golenbock, author of 7, the controversial Mickey Mantle book due this week which along with O.J.‘s If I Did It got Judith Regan canned, says he was surprised by the firestorm the book created and thinks that the decision not to publish both his and O.J.’s book was “un-American.”

Golenbock who says Mantle was “funnier than Chris Rock,” tells the “Mr. Media” podcast he doesn’t understand all the fuss. Some excerpts:

ANDELMAN: Did you ever anticipate the negative storm that has come up around this book?

GOLENBOCK: Well, I didn’t anticipate that Judith Regan would get fired. I knew when I wrote it that some people would really love it, some people would like it, and there would be a small majority and probably a vocal majority who would resent it, “Oh, how can you say such things about Mickey, my idol, Mickey?” So I knew it wasn’t going to come into the world quietly. On the other hand, I had no idea that the Daily News was going to spend three days telling people that my book should be thrown in the garbage can and spending three days trying to get Judith Regan fired. That was a surprise.

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SI‘s Hepatitis Swimsuit Party | Academy Pulls YouTube Clips | Gore Power | Mickey Book | Jesus Discovery Controversy | ‘Why I Hate Blacks’ Column Regretted

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  • Inconvenient Power: Gore home using too much electricity? [AP]

  • Academy: Threatens YouTube over Oscar clips. [Variety]
  • James Cameron: Finds Jesus, controversy for Discovery Channel. [E!]
  • Stars, Models: Exposed to hepatitis at Sports Illustrated party. [Reuters via Yahoo]
  • AsianWeek Editor: Regrets “Why I Hate Blacks” column. [SFChron]
  • AP: Goes cold turkey on Paris Hilton — for one week. [NYO]
  • Judith Regan’s Killed Mickey Mantle Book: Finds publisher. [NYT]