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August 18, 1995
Mickey Mantle is my hero. Not for all the home runs or batting titles won. He is my hero because near the end he stood up in front of the whole country and took responsibility for his past actions: alcoholism and not being a better father. All so-called "victims of society" should follow his example. God bless Mickey Mantle. Rest in peace. GREG H. WRANIC Long Beach On Aug. 11 I turned on the radio and was shocked to hear that Jerry Garcia had passed through the curtain of life and joined the ever-growing celestial rock band.
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September 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The early 1950s was a golden era of baseball. The epicenter was New York City. Might Los Angeles be poised for the same? Will the presence of Mike Trout with the Angels and Yasiel Puig with the Dodgers reprise the wonder days of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays? Can we not fantasize about what might be, how good this could become? A youngster lived the New York era. He often walked from his home on 180th Street to the Polo Grounds on 155th Street, where the Giants played. "Twenty-five blocks," he says.
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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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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
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 2, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : The Yankees left Mickey Mantle unprotected in the 1968 expansion draft. Major League Baseball (MLB) has held six expansion drafts in its history (1960, 1961, 1968, 1976, 1992 and 1997) , where incoming expansion teams can draft players from the rosters of the other MLB teams (with each current team being allowed to protect a certain amount of players from being drafted). There have been a number of standout players drafted via these drafts (to name three - a young Lou Piniella was taken in the 1968 draft, a young Vinny Castilla was taken in the 1992 draft and a young Bobby Abreu was taken in the 1997 draft)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
It looks like “batter up!” again on the theatrical boards: Mickey Mantle is the subject of a new play that writer-producer David Leaf is working on with the cooperation of Danny and David Mantle, sons of the incredibly talented but careless New York Yankees star, who died in 1995. Broadway World reports that Leaf has begun putting a team together for the show, which has Broadway ambitions. He's known for delving into the lives of pop music heroes, first gaining notice with his 1978 book, “The Beach Boys and the California Myth,” then directing or co-directing the documentary films “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” and “The U.S. Versus John Lennon.” Leaf told Broadway World that Mantle was his first hero, and promises  to "bring him to life, flaws and all" on the stage.
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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.
NEWS
August 14, 1995 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mickey Mantle, an almost mythical baseball star who feared he failed to fulfill career expectations because of alcohol abuse and whose recent years were haunted by self-recrimination, died of cancer early Sunday morning. He was 63.
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December 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Mickey Mantle Jr. died of cancer Wednesday, five years after the disease killed his father. He was 47. Mantle Jr. had been in and out of R.H. Dedman Memorial Hospital since about August, said Dorothy Weber, a New York attorney who represents the family in trademark and licensing. Mantle Jr. was a switch-hitting center fielder like his Hall of Fame father but never made it to the majors. He spent several years in the minors for the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
It looks like “batter up!” again on the theatrical boards: Mickey Mantle is the subject of a new play that writer-producer David Leaf is working on with the cooperation of Danny and David Mantle, sons of the incredibly talented but careless New York Yankees star, who died in 1995. Broadway World reports that Leaf has begun putting a team together for the show, which has Broadway ambitions. He's known for delving into the lives of pop music heroes, first gaining notice with his 1978 book, “The Beach Boys and the California Myth,” then directing or co-directing the documentary films “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” and “The U.S. Versus John Lennon.” Leaf told Broadway World that Mantle was his first hero, and promises  to "bring him to life, flaws and all" on the stage.
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May 2, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : The Yankees left Mickey Mantle unprotected in the 1968 expansion draft. Major League Baseball (MLB) has held six expansion drafts in its history (1960, 1961, 1968, 1976, 1992 and 1997) , where incoming expansion teams can draft players from the rosters of the other MLB teams (with each current team being allowed to protect a certain amount of players from being drafted). There have been a number of standout players drafted via these drafts (to name three - a young Lou Piniella was taken in the 1968 draft, a young Vinny Castilla was taken in the 1992 draft and a young Bobby Abreu was taken in the 1997 draft)
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March 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
It was the first inning, one runner aboard, the count at two balls and two strikes, and Tom Lovrich stared down the 19-year-old rookie batter. USC's junior ace didn't know much about him, except that he more than filled out his gray New York Yankees uniform. "He was a strong, country kid from Oklahoma," Lovrich said, recalling the legendary at-bat that took place 60 years ago Saturday. "Very strong. " Lovrich figured the rookie would chase something low and away for strike three, so the 6-foot-5 right-hander known as "Tall Tom" began his sidearm windup and fired.
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February 19, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It wasn't enough for Mike Trout to be rated the top prospect in all of baseball, above even Bryce Harper, the power-hitting prodigy who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated before he got $9.9 million to sign with the Washington Nationals in August. No, one scout had to take it a step further, telling Baseball America last summer that comparisons between Trout, a 19-year-old center fielder in the Angels' minor league system, and Mickey Mantle "are actually pretty good. " Great, thought Abe Flores, the Angels' player development director.
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July 20, 1985
Regarding your article about Mickey Mantle's health problems, I can only hope that the man who brought so much excitement and pleasure to millions of baseball fans will enjoy a long, vigorous and healthy life. Whatever Mantle may say about his record; no matter how modestly he may speak of his accomplishments, others needn't be shy to proclaim his greatness. He was always the masterful, dangerous kind of player who could suddenly take command with his bat and lead his team to victory in a game, a series, or a pennant race.
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March 20, 1994 | STEVE JACOBSON, NEWSDAY
Death was always so close to Mickey Mantle's consciousness that they became joking companions. But Mantle was always laughing at himself. "If I'd have known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself," he said when he reached 60. It was his way of kidding the late-night mileage he'd burned off that marvelously imperfect body. No male Mantle that he knew had lived past 40. He could deal with his own mortality. Losing a son is another kind of tragedy.
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November 21, 2010 | By Jane Leavy
In America's locker rooms, genitalia has become a form of bling. The latest clubhouse trend ? athletes who expose themselves in cellphone self-portraits ? is the sort of behavior that gets guys arrested in subway stations every day. Deadspin.com, the in-your-face sports website, revealed last month that Brett Favre sent full frontal self-portraits to a female employee of his former employer, the New York Jets. Deadspin sleuths, who have been tracking this locker room "phenomenon" since January, thoughtfully provided a link to a portfolio of similar pictures.
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