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May 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember the Mickey Mantle corked bat that was going up for auction later this month ? Well, Mantle's family spoke out Monday and is saying the whole thing is a sham. "Our Dad loved, revered and dedicated his whole life and professional career to the game of baseball," the Mantle family, through Mantle I.P. Holdings Ltd., said in a statement. "He persevered through devastating injuries to play 18 seasons for the New York Yankees and won seven World Series and many awards. The legacy of our Dad's professionalism, perseverance and integrity has endured for more than 43 years since his retirement from baseball and is a testament to his status as an icon in American sports and culture.
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May 13, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Belen Mozo, an LPGA player from Spain who attended USC, made for a memorable prom date for a high school senior in Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel detailed how senior Alex Notte, who has neurological and communication challenges, invited and then escorted Mozo to his prom. Notte reportedly met Mozo, 24, a few years ago at an LPGA tournament he attended in New York with his parents. Notte's sister helped him film a video that showed Notte playing golf and inviting Mozo to the prom.
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May 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
The family of Mickey Mantle has applied a corkscrew to Grey Flannel Auctions. On May 3, the auction house announced it would be auctioning an authentic Mantle bat at the end of May. Oh, and it said there was something special about this particular bat: It was corked. The auction announcement was accompanied by a statement from John Taube, a professional bat authenticator, which said, "During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel.
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May 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
The family of Mickey Mantle has applied a corkscrew to Grey Flannel Auctions. On May 3, the auction house announced it would be auctioning an authentic Mantle bat at the end of May. Oh, and it said there was something special about this particular bat: It was corked. The auction announcement was accompanied by a statement from John Taube, a professional bat authenticator, which said, "During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel.
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September 3, 1987 | Associated Press
National League President A. Bartlett Giamatti today suspended Billy Hatcher of the Houston Astros for 10 days for using a corked bat and fined Astros manager Hal Lanier an undisclosed sum. The suspension means that Hatcher, the Astros' leading hitter with a batting average of .311, will miss eight games, including a crucial National League West series against San Francisco starting Monday.
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July 31, 1994 | HAL BOCK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
There is a double-edged mystery about the strange saga of Cleveland's Albert Belle and the corked bat. First, there is the matter of identifying the undersized second story man who went through a tiny crawlspace filled with air conditioning ducts and insulation at Comiskey Park to get into the umpires' dressing room and temporarily lift the evidence. Cleveland, remember, is the same franchise once owned by the man who sent 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel to the plate.
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June 4, 2003 | Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune
With one swing, Sammy Sosa shattered a bat and, perhaps, his image Tuesday night. In the first inning of the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Sosa's bat splintered as he hit a ground ball to second base. Catcher Toby Hall retrieved the pieces and showed them to plate umpire Tim McClelland.
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August 1, 1996 | Associated Press
Chris Sabo of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended for seven games and the team was $25,000 on Wednesday for Sabo's use of a corked bat. "The use of illegal equipment of any kind hurts the integrity and image of the game," NL president Leonard Coleman said. "Players and their clubs are responsible for the equipment used during a game." The players' association immediately appealed the suspension and fine.
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August 1, 1996 | Associated Press
Chris Sabo of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended for seven games and the team was fined $25,000 on Wednesday for Sabo's use of a corked bat. "The use of illegal equipment of any kind hurts the integrity and image of the game," NL president Leonard Coleman said. "Players and their clubs are responsible for the equipment used during a game." The players' association immediately appealed the suspension and fine.
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July 31, 1987 | from Times Wire Services
On Thursday night against the New York Mets, the slumping St. Louis Cardinals had a lot of bat problems. First, they were without the services of slugger Jack Clark, who was injured in a first-base collision Wednesday night. Then, after Howard Johnson hit a home run in the eighth inning for the Mets' final run in a 5-3 win at St. Louis, Cardinal Manager Whitey Herzog exploded over what he claimed was a corked bat.
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May 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember the Mickey Mantle corked bat that was going up for auction later this month ? Well, Mantle's family spoke out Monday and is saying the whole thing is a sham. "Our Dad loved, revered and dedicated his whole life and professional career to the game of baseball," the Mantle family, through Mantle I.P. Holdings Ltd., said in a statement. "He persevered through devastating injuries to play 18 seasons for the New York Yankees and won seven World Series and many awards. The legacy of our Dad's professionalism, perseverance and integrity has endured for more than 43 years since his retirement from baseball and is a testament to his status as an icon in American sports and culture.
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May 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
A corked bat that belonged to baseball legend Mickey Mantle is going up for auction later this month by Gray Flannel Auctions . The bat, which has a reserve price of $5,000, is a Mantle bat from the 1960s. Authenticator John Taube was verifying that the bat was a Mantle bat when he noticed alterations at the top of the barrel. “During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel," Taube says in a statement. "The finish in the area has also been touched up to mask the circular area.
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June 21, 2003
A Yale professor states that, according to the laws of physics, a corked bat provides no advantage. I seem to remember years ago when scientists said that a pitched ball could not curve and that a bumblebee could not fly. Batters and bumblebees disagree. Gary A. Robb Los Feliz
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June 14, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
According to Robert K. Adair's calculations, the Sammy Sosa bat corking incident is a lot of pop and fizz about nothing. The former professor of physics at Yale told columnist Dave Kindred of the Sporting News that while cork might provide a psychological advantage, it does nothing to increase the distance of a batted ball.
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June 8, 2003 | Thomas Boswell, Washington Post
On Sunday in Detroit, not knowing Sammy Sosa was about to get caught using a corked bat, Yankee Manager Joe Torre talked about cheating. "I called all Lew Burdette's spitballs. Otherwise, I'd never have been able to catch them," said Torre, a catcher in the '60s. "But nobody on our team ever figured out how he did it. It was his secret. "In the All-Star Game one year, I caught Bill Singer. We went over the signs -- fastball, curve. I asked him, 'What sign do you want for your spitter?'
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June 7, 2003
I believe Sammy Sosa when he says he accidentally used a corked bat, just like I believe that Sammy and Mark McGwire have never used steroids. I also believe that O.J. will soon find the real killers, that there is indeed a Santa Claus, and that the Beatles will soon reunite to play at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon and Marty Wiltsey. Marty Wiltsey Ontario What's the big deal? Sammy uses steroids only for exhibitions too. Gary Durrett Glendale To the tune of "76 Trombones": Seventy-six long bats led the big charade With a hundred and ten or more bets changing hands As to whether Sosa's bat was filled with this and that Like bits of cork, although he knew they're banned.
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June 2, 1997 | CHRIS BAKER
The first tip that something was amiss came when Dodger rookie second baseman Wilton Guerrero ran faster to retrieve his broken bat than he did to first base after grounding out to lead off Sunday's 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Guerrero aroused the suspicion of home plate umpire Steve Rippley because most players let batboys get broken bats. Rippley asked the batboy for the bat. "When he brought it by my face I said, 'Let me have look at it,' and I knew what it was," Rippley said.
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June 7, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Sammy Sosa has played most of his career amid the fine vine of Wrigley Field, but not until Friday was he charged a corkage fee. The Chicago Cub outfielder was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for using a corked bat, and he immediately appealed, allowing him to play in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. Sosa addressed the suspension only in general terms after the game, saying he has struggled since coming off the disabled list a week ago.
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June 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
The bats have been checked and the interviews done. Now all Sammy Sosa can do is wait to see what his punishment will be for using a corked bat. Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, met with Chicago Cub Manager Dusty Baker and General Manager Jim Hendry at Wrigley Field before returning to New York on Thursday afternoon. A decision could come as early as today. "There's really nothing we can speculate until we hear from the commissioner or Bob," Hendry said Thursday.
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