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Mickey Mantle


Legendary NY Yankee who hit 536 career residential runs, was named American Group MVP 3 x, and led the AL in residential runs 4 times and batting typical once. He earned the Triple Crown in 1956 and totaled 7 Globe Series Championships in his 18-season career. He produced his MLB debut on Apr 17, 1951 for the brand new York Yankees. He was called to 20 All-Star video games during his profession, from 1951 to 1968. He previously four sons along with his wife Merlyn, whom he wedded on Dec 23, 1951. In 1951, seventeen years following the great Babe Ruth performed his final video game using the Yankees, Mantle produced his Yankees debut.

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Full Name Mickey Mantle
Date Of Birth October 20, 1931
Died August 13, 1995, Dallas, Texas, United States
Place Of Birth Spavinaw, OK
Height 1.82 m
Weight 90 kg
Profession Baseball Player
Education University of Oklahoma
Nationality American
Spouse Merlyn Mantle
Children Danny Mantle, David Mantle, Billy Mantle, Mickey Mantle Jr.
Parents Lovell Mantle, Elvin Charles Mantle
Siblings Roy Mantle, Larry Mantle, Barbara Delise, Butch Mantle, Ray Mantle
Awards American League Most Valuable Player Award, Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
Movies That Touch of Mink
Star Sign Libra

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1 Uncle of Kelly Mantle.
2 Was the only switch hitter to win the Major League Baseball Triple Crown.
3 Brother of Larry Mantle and Barbara Delise. Cousin of Max Mantle.
4 Pictured on one of four USA 39¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring Baseball Sluggers, issued 15 July 2006. Other stamps in this set honor Roy Campanella, Hank Greenberg, and Mel Ott.
5 Hit a home run completely out of Griffith Stadium in Washington. DC in 1953 that was measured by tape at 565 feet. Hit a home run completely out of Detroit's Tiger Stadium in 1960 that landed in a lumberyard across the street whose distance was calculated at 643 feet using the Pythagorean theorem. Also hit four home runs into the left centerfield bleachers (Death Valley) at Yankee Stadium over the course of his career and several to straightaway center.
6 Billy Crystal co-wrote his eulogy.
7 Father of Mickey Mantle Jr.
8 Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Hack Wilson and Babe Ruth are the only players to hit .350 and 50 home runs in the same season (1956 for Mantle; 1930 for Wilson; 1932 for Foxx; 1920, 1921, and 1927 for Ruth).
9 Holds both single season and career home run records (54 & 536, respectively) for switch-hitters.
10 New York Yankees All-Time At Bats Leader (8,102).
11 New York Yankees All-Time Games Played Leader (2,401).
12 Merlyn and Mickey were separated for 15 years, but neither filed for divorce. Mantle lived with his agent, Greer Johnson, until his death. Johnson was taken to federal court in November 1997 by the Mantle family to stop her from auctioning many of Mantle's personal items, including a lock of hair, a neck brace and expired credit cards.
13 Hit his 536 home runs in 18 years mostly injured and sometimes half-drunk.
14 When he first came up to the major leagues, he ran from home plate to first base in 3.1 seconds.
15 He holds World Series records for home runs (18), RBI (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123).
16 Without a doubt, he was the greatest switch-hitter (able to bat from either side of the plate) of all time.
17 Named on 20 All-Star teams.
18 Arguably the greatest all-around centerfielder of the 1950s.
19 He was considered the fastest man in baseball during the 1950s.
20 Won the American League's Triple Crown in 1956, leading the league in batting (.353), home runs (52), and runs batted in (130).
21 Won the American League's Most Valuable Player award three times.
22 Played first base during his final two years to preserve his knees.
23 He was diagnosed with cirrhosis, hepatitis, and cancer of the liver. Although he underwent a liver transplant in June of 1995, the cancer had spread to most of his internal organs and Mantle died on August 13, 1995.
24 Came closer to hitting a fair ball completely out of Yankee Stadium than any other major league baseball player - twice.
25 Had osteomylitis in his left leg and four operations on his right knee.
26 Admitted he would have put up better numbers during his playing career had he taken care of himself.
27 Was a recovering alcoholic.
28 Was third on the all-time home run list when he retired.
29 Hit only .237 during his final season in 1968 which dropped his lifetime batting average to .298.
30 Was afraid he wouldn't live past the age of 40 because of the prevalence of Hodgkin's disease in his family.
31 Went from Class C in 1950 to the Yankees in 1951, jumping five classifications in the process.
32 Uniform #7 retired by the Yankees.
33 Initially wore #6 with the Yankees, then was issued #7 when he returned after a brief stint with AAA affiliate Kansas City.
34 Father of David Mantle, Danny Mantle, and Billy Mantle.
35 He hit 536 home runs
36 Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1974. Played for the American League's New York Yankees, 1951-1968.
37 Named after former Major League Baseball catcher Mickey Cochrane.



It's My Turn 1980 Mickey Mantle



Charlie: A Toy Story 2013 in loving memory of
A Bronx Tale 1993 thanks
That Touch of Mink 1962 our special thanks to: and to those New York Yankees



Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Baseball's Official Ballpark Bloopers 1991 Video Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Baseball's Greatest Hits 1990 Video documentary Himself
Richard Lewis: I'm Doomed 1990 TV Movie Himself
There Really Is a Santa Claus 1989 TV Movie Himself
Mr. Belvedere 1989 TV Series Himself
Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast 1989 TV Movie Himself
New York Yankees (The Movie) 1987 Documentary Himself
Baseball Tips for Kids of All Ages 1986 Video documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1985 TV Series Himself
Remington Steele 1984 TV Series Himself
Tom Cottle: Up Close 1983 TV Series Himself
The White Shadow 1980 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe Garagiola 1976 TV Special Himself
The Way It Was 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
1975 MLB All-Star Game 1975 TV Special Himself - AL Honorary Captain
Greatest Sports Legends 1973 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Himself
Hee Haw 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Himself
1970 World Series 1970 TV Series Himself - Pregame Analyst
1970 MLB All-Star Game 1970 TV Special Himself - Color Commentator
The Mike Douglas Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joe Namath Show 1969 TV Series Himself
1969 World Series 1969 TV Series Himself - Pregame Analyst
1969 MLB All-Star Game 1969 TV Special Himself - Color Commentator
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
1968 MLB All-Star Game 1968 TV Special Himself - AL First Baseman
The Match Game 1966-1968 TV Series Team Captain / Himself
Today 1967 TV Series Himself
1967 MLB All-Star Game 1967 TV Special Himself - AL First Baseman
1964 World Series 1964 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Right Fielder
1964 MLB All-Star Game 1964 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
1963 World Series 1963 TV Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1963 TV Series Himself / Himself - Baseball Player
1962 World Series 1962 TV Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Safe at Home! 1962 Himself
1961 World Series 1961 TV Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series Himself
1961 MLB All-Star Game No.1 1961 TV Movie Himself - AL starting center fielder
1960 World Series 1960 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Candid Camera 1960 TV Series Himself
Home Run Derby 1960 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1958 TV Series Himself
1958 World Series 1958 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / Himself =- New York Yankees Center Fielder
1958 MLB All-Star Game 1958 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
1957 World Series 1957 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / Himself - New York Yankees Pinch Runner
1957 MLB All-Star Game 1957 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
The Bob Hope Show 1956 TV Series Himself
1956 World Series 1956 TV Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
Kraft Theatre 1956 TV Series Himself
1956 MLB All-Star Game 1956 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
1955 World Series 1955 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Pinch Hitter / Himself - New York Yankees Right Fielder / Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / ...
1955 MLB All-Star Game 1955 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
1954 MLB All-Star Game 1954 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
1953 World Series 1953 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Jackie Gleason Show 1953 TV Series Himself
1953 MLB All-Star Game 1953 TV Special Himself - AL Center Fielder
The Arthur Murray Party 1953 TV Series Himself
The Name's the Same 1953 TV Series Guest star contestant / Himself
What's My Line? 1953 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
1952 World Series 1952 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
I've Got a Secret 1952 TV Series Himself
1951 World Series 1951 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Right Fielder

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

10 Things You Don't Know About 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Prime 9 2009-2011 TV Series Himself
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rescue Me 2009 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary Himself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Costas Now 2006 TV Series Himself - Baseball Player
Mantle 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Years of the World Series 2003 Video documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of '61*' 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History 2001 Video documentary Himself
Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Race for the Record 1998 Video documentary Himself - Interview About Roger Maris
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History 1992 Video documentary Himself
When It Was a Game 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pinstripe Power: The Story of the 1961 New York Yankees 1986 Video documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America 1969 TV Movie Himself
Damn Yankees! 1958 Himself, New York Yankee (uncredited)
The Winning Team 1952 Himself (uncredited)

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1 The only sure rule of golf is - he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie.
2 I couldn't do anything wrong after Roger beat me. I became the underdog; they hated him and liked me. Everywhere I went I got standing ovations. It was a lot better than having them boo you. - on the 1961 record chase with Roger Maris
3 After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.
4 If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete [Rose], I'd wear a dress.
5 All the ballparks and the big crowds have a certain mystique. You feel attached, permanently wedded to the sounds that ring out, to the fans chanting your name, even when there are only four or five thousand in the stands on a Wednesday afternoon.
6 A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
7 Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
8 I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love.
9 I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.
10 I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'
11 It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
12 My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad.
13 Sometimes I sit in my den at home and read stories about myself. Kids used to save whole scrapbooks on me. They get tired of them and mail them to me. I'll go in there and read them, and you know what? They might as well be about Musial and DiMaggio, it's like reading about somebody else.
14 Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else's brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.
15 You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
16 During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
17 (About hitting a home run hungover) If you thought hitting that home run was hard, you should have seen me trying to run the bases!
18 I had it all and blew it.
19 If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

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