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Sunday, February 04, 2007


The Mick and The Mack!

In “Celebrity Secrets: Government Files of the Rich and Famous,” author Nick Redfern bares the FBI’s 1956 probe into a $15,000 blackmail plot against Mickey Mantle, who was being hit up by an extortionist claiming he’d found the slugger in flagrante delicto with a married woman.

One report reads: “Mr. Mantle subsequently denied ever having been caught in a compromising position. [He] readily admitted that he had ‘shacked up’ with many girls in New York City, but stated that he has never been caught.”

But as the investigation continued, “A confidential source, who has furnished reliable information in the past, advised in June 1957 that a very prominent Washington, D.C.-area gambler and bookmaker arranged dates for members of the New York Yankees baseball club at a Washington, D.C., house of prostitution” - a group including Mantle.

Repoz Posted: February 04, 2007 at 12:00 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. schuey Posted: February 04, 2007 at 02:24 PM (#2291670)
How many politicians were in the whorehouse doing a fact finding tour when the Yankees came a-calling? As Casey Stengel, it ain't the women who ruin a player, it's staying up late looking for it.
   2. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: February 04, 2007 at 03:18 PM (#2291693)
I thought this was going to be about what a great job Don Mattingly did last year.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: February 04, 2007 at 03:27 PM (#2291697)
On George Carlin's "People I Can Do Without" list: "A pimp who drives a Toyota Corolla."
   4. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: February 04, 2007 at 04:04 PM (#2291715)
That picture of Mantle in Costas's wallet is getting wartier by the year.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: February 04, 2007 at 04:15 PM (#2291719)
When the Three 6 Mafia accepted their Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," maybe they should have worn Yankee caps instead of Phillies garb...
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 04, 2007 at 04:31 PM (#2291726)
the item on Hendrix is better, anyway
   7. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: February 04, 2007 at 05:27 PM (#2291747)
I figured the headline meant that the pimp claimed improved performance on the field for players who used his services.

" ... readily admitted that he had ‘shacked up’ with many girls in New York City, but stated that he has never been caught.”

What the heck was Mickey saying? That no one ever saw him in the act? That his wife never knew? Yeah, right.
   8. rdfc Posted: February 04, 2007 at 05:49 PM (#2291754)
Peter Golenbock's fictional biography of Mantle, 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel, is for now without a publisher after Fox canned Judith Regan and made Golenbock's book the second of Regan's books to be killed (after If I Did It, but here's a short excerpt:

“Mickey enters her, going in nice and easy. He waits for the yelling and the screaming, waits for her to tell him how good it was, waits for an ooh or an aah, any reaction at all, but no … While he works away at it, Marilyn just lies there staring at him with cold, accusing eyes.”
   9. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 04, 2007 at 07:44 PM (#2291786)
Dr. Memory.
And, in a sort of fan's Dorian Gray, Bob Costas still has chestnut brown hair and looks the same as he did 25 years ago. If only Wilde had guessed that "work" would take the place of supernatural power.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 04, 2007 at 08:32 PM (#2291793)
Where's the scandal? The Commerce Comet had to work off those greenies somehow.
   11. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 04, 2007 at 08:38 PM (#2291798)
I like Mantle's response. Kind of a harbinger of Bill Murray's work in Stripes 25 years later. "Convicted? . . . . . No. Never convicted."
   12. Law Boy Posted: February 04, 2007 at 11:04 PM (#2291847)
It must been great living in a time when STDs were actually curable.
   13. Swedish Chef Posted: February 04, 2007 at 11:14 PM (#2291849)
It must been great living in a time when STDs were actually curable.

No pill or legal abortion could cramp your style, though...

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