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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: August 13, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5969459)
Mickey Mantle died on my mom's birthday. She says that I'll never forget her birthday anymore because of that.

Can't believe it's been 25 years.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 13, 2020 at 04:40 PM (#5969468)
Mantle was my favorite player growing up in upstate New York. I was a bit young for the start of his career, but well remember the 1960-64 glory years. A Magnificent Yankee & Great Teammate. I took the afternoon off and repaired to the sports bar in the alley behind my office to watch Mickey’s funeral, which was broadcast on ESPN. Wasn’t crowded since it was after the lunch crowd but before happy hour, but one bewildered customer asked the bartender “Why are we in church?”
   3. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 13, 2020 at 06:46 PM (#5969493)
My dad and I went to his restaurant a while back and met him. He was a year older than my dad, but looked way older. My dad was a Dodger fan, so wasn't a big fan, but clearly was in awe. Mick was pretty nice to us, said hi and chatted for a minute.
   4. phredbird Posted: August 13, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5969501)

obligatory

they start watching the mick doc at 2:20
   5. Addie Joss Posted: August 13, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5969535)
Mickey bunted eight times during World Series play, never sacrificing, always drag bunting for a hit. He went 7 for 8 on those occasions. (Popped up once, never thrown out.)
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: August 13, 2020 at 11:27 PM (#5969559)
I once did a between-periods interview of a Rangers game radio broadcast and the guest prize was.... dinner for two at Mickey Mantle's.

I also did a radio show years later that was located at the restaurant.

the food and the service was.... well, did it matter? you're getting a massive tourist crowd showing up hoping to meet Mickey Mantle.

I knew it closed, but when I looked it up I was amazed it lasted til 2012.

maybe the foreign tourists especially didn't know he was dead.
   7. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 14, 2020 at 01:01 AM (#5969565)
My Dad (b.1944) took us three kids to a Gimbel's (or maybe a Boston Store) at a Milwaukee area mall in about 1981 or so to meet him/picture autograph. I think my Dad was the most wide-eyed person in the room. He looks a helluva lot older than 50 in that picture.

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