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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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1Uncle of Kelly Mantle.
2Was the only switch hitter to win the Major League Baseball Triple Crown.
3Brother of Larry Mantle and Barbara Delise. Cousin of Max Mantle.
4Pictured 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.
5Hit 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.
6Billy Crystal co-wrote his eulogy.
7Father of Mickey Mantle Jr.
8Mantle, 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).
9Holds both single season and career home run records (54 & 536, respectively) for switch-hitters.
10New York Yankees All-Time At Bats Leader (8,102).
11New York Yankees All-Time Games Played Leader (2,401).
12Merlyn 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.
13Hit his 536 home runs in 18 years mostly injured and sometimes half-drunk.
14When he first came up to the major leagues, he ran from home plate to first base in 3.1 seconds.
15He holds World Series records for home runs (18), RBI (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123).
16Without a doubt, he was the greatest switch-hitter (able to bat from either side of the plate) of all time.
17Named on 20 All-Star teams.
18Arguably the greatest all-around centerfielder of the 1950s.
19He was considered the fastest man in baseball during the 1950s.
20Won the American League's Triple Crown in 1956, leading the league in batting (.353), home runs (52), and runs batted in (130).
21Won the American League's Most Valuable Player award three times.
22Played first base during his final two years to preserve his knees.
23He 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.
24Came closer to hitting a fair ball completely out of Yankee Stadium than any other major league baseball player - twice.
25Had osteomylitis in his left leg and four operations on his right knee.
26Admitted he would have put up better numbers during his playing career had he taken care of himself.
27Was a recovering alcoholic.
28Was third on the all-time home run list when he retired.
29Hit only .237 during his final season in 1968 which dropped his lifetime batting average to .298.
30Was afraid he wouldn't live past the age of 40 because of the prevalence of Hodgkin's disease in his family.
31Went from Class C in 1950 to the Yankees in 1951, jumping five classifications in the process.
32Uniform #7 retired by the Yankees.
33Initially wore #6 with the Yankees, then was issued #7 when he returned after a brief stint with AAA affiliate Kansas City.
34Father of David Mantle, Danny Mantle, and Billy Mantle.
35He hit 536 home runs
36Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1974. Played for the American League's New York Yankees, 1951-1968.
37Named after former Major League Baseball catcher Mickey Cochrane.



It's My Turn1980Mickey Mantle



Charlie: A Toy Story2013in loving memory of
A Bronx Tale1993thanks
That Touch of Mink1962our special thanks to: and to those New York Yankees



Diamonds on the Silver Screen1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Baseball's Official Ballpark Bloopers1991VideoHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Baseball's Greatest Hits1990Video documentaryHimself
Richard Lewis: I'm Doomed1990TV MovieHimself
There Really Is a Santa Claus1989TV MovieHimself
Mr. Belvedere1989TV SeriesHimself
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast1989TV MovieHimself
New York Yankees (The Movie)1987DocumentaryHimself
Baseball Tips for Kids of All Ages1986Video documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself
Remington Steele1984TV SeriesHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
The White Shadow1980TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe Garagiola1976TV SpecialHimself
The Way It Was1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
1975 MLB All-Star Game1975TV SpecialHimself - AL Honorary Captain
Greatest Sports Legends1973TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV SeriesHimself
Hee Haw1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHimself
1970 World Series1970TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1970 MLB All-Star Game1970TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
The Mike Douglas Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joe Namath Show1969TV SeriesHimself
1969 World Series1969TV SeriesHimself - Pregame Analyst
1969 MLB All-Star Game1969TV SpecialHimself - Color Commentator
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
1968 MLB All-Star Game1968TV SpecialHimself - AL First Baseman
The Match Game1966-1968TV SeriesTeam Captain / Himself
Today1967TV SeriesHimself
1967 MLB All-Star Game1967TV SpecialHimself - AL First Baseman
1964 World Series1964TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Right Fielder
1964 MLB All-Star Game1964TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
1963 World Series1963TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Ed Sullivan Show1952-1963TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Baseball Player
1962 World Series1962TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Safe at Home!1962Himself
1961 World Series1961TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1961TV SeriesHimself
1961 MLB All-Star Game No.11961TV MovieHimself - AL starting center fielder
1960 World Series1960TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
Candid Camera1960TV SeriesHimself
Home Run Derby1960TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1958TV SeriesHimself
1958 World Series1958TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / Himself =- New York Yankees Center Fielder
1958 MLB All-Star Game1958TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
1957 World Series1957TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / Himself - New York Yankees Pinch Runner
1957 MLB All-Star Game1957TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHimself
1956 World Series1956TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kraft Theatre1956TV SeriesHimself
1956 MLB All-Star Game1956TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
1955 World Series1955TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Pinch Hitter / Himself - New York Yankees Right Fielder / Himself - New York Yankees Center Fielder / ...
1955 MLB All-Star Game1955TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
1954 MLB All-Star Game1954TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
1953 World Series1953TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
The Jackie Gleason Show1953TV SeriesHimself
1953 MLB All-Star Game1953TV SpecialHimself - AL Center Fielder
The Arthur Murray Party1953TV SeriesHimself
The Name's the Same1953TV SeriesGuest star contestant / Himself
What's My Line?1953TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
1952 World Series1952TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Center Fielder
I've Got a Secret1952TV SeriesHimself
1951 World Series1951TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Right Fielder

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

10 Things You Don't Know About2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 19392010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rescue Me2009TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
Bigger Stronger Faster*2008DocumentaryHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Costas Now2006TV SeriesHimself - Baseball Player
Mantle2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of '61*'2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History2001Video documentaryHimself
Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Race for the Record1998Video documentaryHimself - Interview About Roger Maris
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself
When It Was a Game1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pinstripe Power: The Story of the 1961 New York Yankees1986Video documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself
Damn Yankees!1958Himself, New York Yankee (uncredited)
The Winning Team1952Himself (uncredited)

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1The only sure rule of golf is - he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie.
2I 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
3After 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.
4If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete [Rose], I'd wear a dress.
5All 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.
6A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.
7Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part.
8I always loved the game, but when my legs weren't hurting it was a lot easier to love.
9I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.
10I 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?'
11It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life.
12My 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.
13Sometimes 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.
14Sometimes 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.
15You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.
16During 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!
18I had it all and blew it.
19If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

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