Many Reasons To Miss Mickey Mantle After 18 Years

Mickey Mantle, Hall of Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees, famous #7, died 18 years ago at the age of 63.
13 Aug. 2013
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#11. Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, the son of Elvin "Mutt,"Charles Mantle ,a lead miner, and Lovell Richardson.

#10. Mutt named his son in honor of Mickey Cochrane, a Hall of Fame catcher. His father died at age 40 of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mickey had three twins Ray & Roy and Butch, and a sister, Barbara

#9. In 1956 he won Triple Crown, leading the majors with a .353 batting average, 52 home runs, and 130 runs batted in, and his first of three MVP awards. Mantle is the last player to win a league Triple Crown as a switch hitter.

#8. Mantle also hit some of the longest home runs in Major League history 565-foot home run hit at Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953 is the home run that coined the term "tape measure home run."

#7. Mantle was star at any baseball card show and is still a best seller long after his death.

#6. Mantle married Merlyn Johnson (1932-2009) in Commerce, Oklahoma; they had four sons.

#5. On Mickey Mantle Day, June 8, 1969, in addition to the retirement of his uniform Number 7, Mantle was given a plaque that would hang on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium.

#4. In 2001: The movie 61, produced by Yankee fan Billy Crystal, chronicled Mickey Mantle (played by Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (played by Barry Pepper) chasing Babe Ruth's 1927 single season home run record in 1961.

#3. Mickey Mantle had multiple references in the sitcom Seinfeld, specifically Kramer's Fantasy Baseball Camp....

#2. ...and the one in which George Costanza wants to name his future baby as 'Seven' based on Mickey Mantle's uniform number.

#1. Bob Costas eloquently eulogized the legend and the man Mickey Mantle at #7s funeral.



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Many Reasons To Miss Mickey Mantle After 18 Years

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