66 Facts About Mickey Mantle

1. Mickey Mantle had married Merlyn, a bank employee, in the 1950s, and they had four sons.

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2. Mickey Mantle was a symbol of the Yankees and their greatness.

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3. Mickey Mantle attracted the attention of New York Yankee scout Tom Greenwade, who signed him to a contract of $140 a week with a $1,500 signing bonus.

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4. Mickey Mantle was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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5. Mickey Mantle played as an outfielder on Yankee farm clubs and joined the Yankees in 1951.

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6. Mickey Mantle began playing baseball as a Little League shortstop and at Commerce High School.

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7. Mickey Mantle had carried on affairs for years, according to Leavy, and his biggest relationship was with his agent, Greer Johnson.

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8. Mickey Mantle won the Most Valuable Player award in three seasons: 1956, 1957 and 1962.

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9. Mickey Mantle had married Merlyn, a bank employee, in the 1950s, and they had four sons.

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10. Mickey Mantle was a symbol of the Yankees and their greatness.

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11. Mickey Mantle became unhappy with his pain and with his many strikeouts.

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12. Mickey Mantle reported to the Yankees' minor league team in Independence, Kansas, in 1949 as a shortstop.

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13. Mickey Mantle attracted the attention of New York Yankee scout Tom Greenwade, who signed him to a contract of $140 a week with a $1,500 signing bonus.

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14. In 1974 Mickey Mantle was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, an honor bestowed on few players in the history of the sport.

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15. Mickey Mantle became frustrated with his pain and with his many strikeouts.

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16. Mickey Mantle reported to the Yankees' minor league team in Independence, Kansas, in 1949 as a switch-hitting shortstop.

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17. Mickey Mantle was barely out of diapers before he was practicing baseball with his father.

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18. Mickey Mantle traveled to Joplin, Missouri, and tried out with the Yankees Farm club.

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19. Mickey Mantle played his first game for the Yankees in 1951, eventually replacing Joe DiMaggio in center field.

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20. Mickey Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.

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21. Mickey Mantle is referenced in the 1994 film Little Big League by Billy Heywood.

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22. Mickey Mantle appeared in the 1958 version of 'Damn Yankees' as himself in an uncredited role.

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23. In 1980, Mickey Mantle had a cameo appearance in The White Shadow, and in 1983, he had a cameo appearance in Remington Steele with Whitey Ford.

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24. Mickey Mantle made a cameo appearance in Teresa Brewer's 1956 song "I Love Mickey", which extolled Mantle's power hitting.

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25. In 2006, Mickey Mantle was featured on a United States postage stamp, one of a series of four including fellow baseball legends Mel Ott, Roy Campanella, and Hank Greenberg.

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26. Mickey Mantle said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.

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27. Mickey Mantle was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1964.

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28. Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center with his wife at his side, five months after his mother had died at age 91.

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29. Mickey Mantle established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations.

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30. Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995.

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31. Mickey Mantle spoke with great remorse of his drinking in a 1994 Sports Illustrated cover story.

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32. Mickey Mantle checked into the Betty Ford Clinic on January 7, 1994, after being told by a doctor that his liver was so badly damaged from almost 40 years of drinking that it "looked like a doorstop.

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33. Mickey Mantle was the uncle of actor and musician Kelly Mantle.

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34. Mickey Mantle was well-liked by the citizens of Greensboro, and seemed to like them in return.

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35. On December 23, 1951, Mickey Mantle married Merlyn Johnson in Commerce, Oklahoma; they had four sons.

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36. In 1992, Mickey Mantle wrote My Favorite Summer 1956 about his 1956 season.

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37. Mickey Mantle accepted the position, regardless, as he felt the rule was "stupid.

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38. In 1983, Mickey Mantle worked at the Claridge Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a greeter and community representative.

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39. Mickey Mantle let others run the business operations, but made frequent appearances.

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40. Mickey Mantle insisted that the promoters of baseball card shows always include one of the lesser-known Yankees of his era, such as Moose Skowron or Hank Bauer so that they could earn some money from the event.

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41. Mickey Mantle served as a part-time color commentator on NBC's baseball coverage in 1969, teaming with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek to call some Game of the Week telecasts as well as that year's All-Star Game.

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42. When he retired, Mickey Mantle was third on the all-time home run list with 536, and he was the Yankees all-time leader in games played with 2,401, which was broken by Derek Jeter on August 29, 2011.

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43. Mickey Mantle gave a "farewell" speech on "Mickey Mantle Day", June 8, 1969, in Yankee Stadium.

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44. Mickey Mantle was selected an All-Star every season during his eighteen-year career except 1951 and 1966, and did not play in the 1952, 1963, and 1965 seasons.

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45. On May 14, 1967, Mickey Mantle became the sixth member of the 500 home run club.

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46. Mickey Mantle was selected an AL All-Star again, as a reserve player, but did not make the 28-player squad for the second and last time due to an injury and was replaced by Tony Oliva.

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47. Mickey Mantle was selected an All-Star for the eleventh consecutive season and played in the first game, but due to a former injury acting up, he didn't play in the second All-Star game.

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48. On January 16, 1961, Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid player in baseball by signing a $75,000 contract.

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49. In 1960, Mickey Mantle started in both All-Star games, getting two walks in the first and a single in the second game.

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50. Mickey Mantle was the starting center fielder in the second All-Star game's lineup, getting a single and a walk in four at bats.

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51. Mickey Mantle hit his second All-Star Game home run that season.

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52. Mickey Mantle played center field full-time for the Yankees until 1965, when he was moved to left field.

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53. Mickey Mantle was selected an "All-Star" for the first time and made the AL team, but did not play in the 5-inning All-Star game that had Boston Red Sox Dom DiMaggio at center field.

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54. Mickey Mantle moved to center field in 1952, replacing DiMaggio, who retired at the end of the 1951 season.

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55. Mickey Mantle was invited to the Yankees instructional camp before the 1951 season.

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56. Mickey Mantle hit his first professional home run on June 30, 1949 at Shulthis Stadium.

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57. Mickey Mantle signed for $140 per month with a $1,500 signing bonus.

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58. Mickey Mantle began his professional baseball career in Kansas with the semi-professional Baxter Springs Whiz Kids.

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59. Mickey Mantle batted left-handed against his father when he practiced pitching to him right-handed and he batted right-handed against his grandfather, Charles Mantle, when he practiced throwing to him left-handed.

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60. Mickey Mantle was of at least partial English ancestry; his great-grandfather, George Mantle, left Brierley Hill, in England's Black Country, in 1848.

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61. Mickey Mantle was an All-Star for 16 seasons, playing in 16 of the 20 All-Star Games that were played.

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62. Mickey Mantle had an excellent 0.984 fielding percentage when playing center field.

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63. Mickey Mantle has the highest career OPS+ of any center fielder and he had the highest stolen base percentage in history at the time of his retirement.

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64. Mickey Mantle was arguably the greatest offensive threat of any center fielder in baseball history.

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65. Mickey Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

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66. Mickey Mantle played his entire Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees as a center fielder and first baseman, from 1951 through 1968.

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