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Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicago Tribune: Sorry, Mr. Mantle

If I knew I’d live to 93, I would have taken better care of myself.

To the sports fans and careful readers who called or wrote us about the Almanac item on Monday, thank you. And yes, we know that the caption about Mickey Mantle was wrong. But thanks for sharing. We appreciate hearing about such errors and ask you to keep calling us or sending emails.

In Monday’s print edition, the Almanac feature on the Obituaries page had a photo of baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. The caption said that Mantle died in Dallas in 1995; he was 93.

Well, no. The photo showed him in his heyday, at Comiskey Park in 1961. For that caption to have been accurate, Mickey would have been, oh, about 59 years old. He was a legend. He was a great player. But he wasn’t 59 in 1961.

...And, here are some of the reader comments, as they pointed out the mistake:

—I did not realize that Mickey Mantle was in his 50s when he joined the Yankees.

Repoz Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: August 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM (#4207732)
For that caption to have been accurate, Mickey would have been, oh, about 59 years old. He was a legend. He was a great player. But he wasn’t 59 in 1961.

he could have been if he wanted to.

   2. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM (#4207990)
Well, if he'd been born 30 years earlier and joined the Yankees in 1921 instead of 1951, I can only imagine how many games those '20s Yankee teams would have won with Ruth, Gehrig & Mantle all playing on the same team.
   3. Ron J2 Posted: August 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4208014)
#2 The funny thing is that I can't see it making much difference in terms of pennants won. I guess they win in 1924 (Whitey Witt had a lousy year and they finished 2 games back) but there's no way they win in 1925, 1929, 1930 or 1931 or 1933 or 1934.

1935? Doubtful. That's his 1965 year under the ground rules and it's not one of Mantle's great years.

A surprisingly low number of pennants with Mantle, Ruth and Gehrig. Generally speaking Mantle's replacing a decent player. Whitt's a high OBP guy (not as high as Mantle of course) and Combs in his prime is a really good player (though of course Mantle blows him away when healthy)
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4208034)
A surprisingly low number of pennants with Mantle, Ruth and Gehrig

there is really only one Yankee whose tenure corresponded to pennants and WS's and that's Yogi
   5. GEB4000 Posted: August 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM (#4208134)
Joe DiMaggio's teams brought home the pennants--10 in 13 years and 9 world champions.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4208137)

So here are the facts: Mantle was born Oct. 20, 1931, and died Aug. 13, 1995, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame site.

Luke Scott doesn't believe this.
   7. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: August 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM (#4208425)
He had the liver of a 93 year old.
   8. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4208431)
So does most of this site.

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