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Mickey Mantle "The Last Boy"

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Jul 18, 2012.

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  1. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

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    Finally got around to this book.
    It's been out for several years.
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    Grew up a Mickey Mantle fan.
    first year I followed baseball was '61.
    I read the boxscores everyday + memorized the
    line up - so playing wiffle ball - I could bat down
    the line up w/ each player's name.
    The kids down the street were originally from Brooklyn -
    so there was a great rivalry when we played !
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    Anyway -
    this book has alot of stories in it.
    Mickey was quite the "hayseed" when he arrived in NY.
    Signing a bad endorsement contract with only "their" lawyer
    present.
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    But Mickey was some whore !
    Jeez !
    The guy hardly ever went home to his family.
    The funniest line was, he said,
    "I led the league six years in a row...with The Clap."
    "And my wife came in second."
     
  2. jerseyguy

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    Very lucky to have seen him play

    along with those great Yankee stars he played with and also to have watched Clemente,Mays,Aaron and so many more from the pre-steroid era.
    Why didnt I save my old baseball cards?
    Mickey was just lucky there was no internet in those days to expose his fun side.
    Few years ago I was shopping in the mens dept. when the salesman told me "To bad,you just missed Bobby Thompson" dammitt!!
     
  3. oghuman

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    I use to play wiffle ball too. We also used to play fast pitch stick ball against the wall in the park near me. Mickey was my idle, when I read "The Mick" it spoiled my image of him. On my last birthday my bother gave me the Mickey Mantle 1961 card that I always claimed was mine.
     
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    Read the book last year and yes, the "Mick" came off as a talented and extremely physically-gifted talent. But, the less redeeming qualities of skirt-chasing and excessive (big time) alcohol consumption painted a much different picture of the man. Mick was totally out of control when it came to partying.
    I thought the author did an excellent job of showing both sides of Mantle in a very candid light.
     
  5. Joe Strummer

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    I, also have a 1961 Mantle baseball card.
    The '61 card is a "close up portrait" of Mickey -
    he has a bat on his shoulder.
    The photo appears to be "painted in" somewhat.
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    A 1964 card as well....this one is a real photo of
    him = batting stance from the right side.
    Straight outta the Topps waxed package w/ the
    bubble gum sheet -- bought for 5 cents --
    and ruined my molars for a lifetime !
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    Even back in '61 --- A Mantle card was rare to come by
    in a Topps deck !
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    Dick Cavett interviewed Mantle on his TV show.
    Dick mentioned how "having a child use his unorthodox hand
    might cause some stigma."
    ( he means batting lefty + righty )
    Mantle smiled "Maybe that's why I wet the bed ?"
    Singer Paul Simon gasped "Mickey Mantle wet the bed ?"
    Whitey Ford put an arm around him and said "There..there...it's okay."
     
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