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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Warm memories of Mickey Mantle, 25 years after Yankees great’s death

Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Mickey Mantle died, not long after he’d received a liver transplant in Dallas, not long after the cancer started to savage him, not long after he’d stood before a bank of microphones after spending the better part of a lifetime of too many last calls and too many rounds on the house and declared to the world in a moment of courage that still staggers all these years later:

“For the kids out there, this is a role model — don’t be like me.”

He wanted to warn of the dangers of alcohol, of hubris, of betraying your own body in the name of good times, and seeing the gaunt man saying those words did have an impact, and in precisely the way Mantle wanted.

But the other truth is this: From the time he was 20 years old, he was the role model, the only person millions of kids wanted to be like. He was fast, he was strong, he was handsome. He didn’t hit baseballs, he obliterated them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2020 at 09:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
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