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DALLAS -- In telling Mickey Mantle's story, it's easy to get wrapped up in his movie about the home run race between Mantle and Roger Maris. and Ed Harris reciting a poem he wrote about Mantle when he was about father Mutt Mantle, this movie uncovers details about their relationship that. Roger Maris, left, and Mickey Mantle, in Pepe quotes Mantle as saying, “ When I got hurt late in the season and knew I During their epochal careers, they became Yankee teammates but had a strained relationship. Poems E. Ethelbert Miller New York Yankees of Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Bill Skowron, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hector Lopez and Elston Howard. One should always have a romantic relationship with a sports team.
That didn't mean clowning around. He just meant we should be confident and relaxed. We shouldn't feel that one strikeout was going to end the season for us. But I finally had to go and call on a young man from Baltimore that we don't own, and the Yankees don't own him, and he is doing pretty good. And I would actually have to tell you that I think we are more the Greta Garbo type now from success. We are being hated.
I mean from the ownership and all, we are being hated. Every sport that gets too great, or one individual…" Excerpt from Casey Stengel's testimony before the Senate's Kefauver Antitrust Subcommittee The Dago's heel is hurting pretty bad.
He didn't see any reason why the runner couldn't take a quick glance back toward the plate to make sure the ball was hit safely. Watch how the old man keeps the guys who aren't playing happy. Get away from me! But he has a beautiful wife, he's rich, and he's famous. I don't see anything strange about that. He can't hear you. It was the only time I think the better team lost. I was so disappointed I cried on the plane ride home.
I consider myself lucky to have played for him. Nothing could be further from the truth. But everyone was real good about it. Instead of getting mad they joked about it. Now it's up to you to beat yours. Max Jacobson the notorious "Dr. Feelgood" to many celebritieswho botched the injection he gave Mickey, putting Mickey in the hospital and ruining his chances of breaking Babe Ruth's record After I dropped out the reporters only had one guy to go to. They surrounded him everywhere he went.
He had big clumps of hair falling out. That he went ahead and did it was unbelievable. To me, he was as good as there ever was.
Mickey batted after Roger, and nobody was going to put a man on base with Mantle coming up to the plate. They're both great hitters, but they're batting against guys they never would have seen in previous years.
Everyone says that was the greatest team ever. But I think it would've been a great series if we'd have had the chance to play them. I won't be around long enough to collect one.
I'm living proof of how not to live. I said, 'Sure, every time.
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Mantle's overall performance in was so exceptional he was bestowed the Hickok Belt unanimously as the top American professional athlete of the year. He is the only player to win a league Triple Crown as a switch hitter. Mantle won his second consecutive MVP in  behind league leads in runs and walks, a career-high. Mantle reached base more times than he made outs toone of two seasons in which he achieved the feat.
Mantle was the starting center fielder in the second All-Star game's lineupgetting a single and a walk in four at bats. InMantle started in both All-Star games, getting two walks in the first and a single in the second game.
Mantle became the highest-paid active player of his time. Having reached that pinnacle in his 13th season, he never asked for another raise. Five years earlier, inMantle had challenged Ruth's record for most of the season, and the New York press had been protective of Ruth on that occasion also. When Mantle finally fell short, finishing with 52, there seemed to be a collective sigh of relief from the New York traditionalists.
Nor had the New York press been all that kind to Mantle in his early years with the team: Over the course of time, however, Mantle with a little help from his teammate Whitey Forda native of New York's Borough of Queens had gotten better at "schmoozing" with the New York media, and had gained the favor of the press.
This was a talent that Maris, a blunt-spoken upper-Midwesterner, was never willing or able to cultivate; as a result, he wore the "surly" jacket for his duration with the Yankees. So as progressed, the Yanks were now "Mickey Mantle's team," and Maris was ostracized as the "outsider," and said to be "not a true Yankee. Mantle was unexpectedly hospitalized by an abscessed hip he got from a flu shot late in the season, leaving Maris to break the record he finished with Mantle finished with 54 home runs while leading the American league in runs scored and walks.
InMantle batted. He 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. Inhe batted. On June 5, he tried to prevent a home run by Brooks Robinson in Baltimore and got his shoe spikes caught in the center field chain link fence as he leaped against the fence for the ball and was coming down.
He broke his foot and didn't return playing again until August 4 when he hit a pinch-hit home run against the Baltimore Orioles in Yankee Stadium. He returned to the center field position on September 2. On June 29, he had been selected an All-Star as a starting center fielder, but for the first time, he didn't make the player team due to the foot injury.
In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series against the St. Louis CardinalsMantle blasted Barney Schultz 's first pitch into the right field stands at Yankee Stadium, which won the game for the Yankees 2—1.
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris's Relationship During the Home Run Record Race of '61
He hit two more homers in the series to set the existing World Series record of 18 home runs. The Cardinals ultimately won the World Series in 7 games. Mantle was selected an AL All-Star again, as a reserve player, but did not make the player squad for the second and last time due to an injury and was replaced by Tony Oliva. To inaugurate the Astrodomethe world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees played an exhibition game on April 9, Mantle hit the park's first home run.
After the season, he was moved to first base with Joe Pepitone taking over his place in the outfield. On May 14,Mantle became the sixth member of the home run club. Mantle was selected an All-Star every season during his eighteen-year career except andand did not play in the, and seasons.
Mantle's wife, mother, and mother-in-law were in attendance and received recognition at the ceremony held in honor of him. Mantle three times hit balls off the third-deck facade at Yankee Stadium, nearly becoming the only player to hit a fair ball out of the stadium during a game.
On August 12,he hit one whose distance was undoubted: Although he was a feared power hitter from either side of the plate and hit more home runs batting left-handed than right, Mantle considered himself a better right-handed hitter. Overall, he hit slightly more home runs away than home He is in 10th place in number of bases-empty bunt singles for his career with 80, in only at-bats.
Injuries[ edit ] Mantle's career was plagued with injuries. Beginning in high school, he suffered both acute and chronic injuries to bones and cartilage in his legs. Applying thick wraps to both of his knees became a pre-game ritual, and by the end of his career simply swinging a bat caused him to fall to one knee in pain.
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Baseball scholars often ponder "what if" had he not been injured, and had been able to lead a healthy career. Joe DiMaggioin the last year of his career, was playing center field. Mays' fly was hit to shallow center, and as Mantle came over to back up DiMaggio, Mantle's cleats caught a drainage cover in the outfield grass. His knee twisted awkwardly and he instantly fell.
Beyond the usual suffering over losing a parent, Mutt's death also forced year-old Mickey to become the main provider for his four siblings and mother, along with his own wife and growing family, and it reinforced his expectation of dying young. Combine those emotional struggles, the physical problems that dogged Mantle and his celebrity lifestyle in New York, it's easy to understand why he became a heavy drinker.
He also was an absent husband-father who admittedly didn't connect with his kids until they were old enough to become his drinking buddies. Wife Merlyn raised their four boys pretty much by herself in Dallas. Two are dead now, Billy the year before Mickey -- who died in at age 63 -- and Mickey Jr. While at the Betty Ford Center, he wrote a letter to his long-deceased father and never stopped pouring out his emotions.
Danny and David Mantle, who joined their father in sobriety about the same time, proudly recall that every conversation with their dad after that ended with him saying, "I love you. He was in such bad shape that he zoomed to the top of the list of those needing a transplant, but died weeks later of cancer. Although Mantle never understood the fuss made over him, he realized how many people he could help after being overwhelmed by mail during his stay at Betty Ford.