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Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from playing baseball in March 1969 after 18 seasons with the New York Yankees

Mickey Mantle
"Mini-Biography"
A biography of Mickey Mantle
by Lewis Early

(Part 3 of 3)
Mickey Mantle is overcome with emotion on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium in 1969 before 70,000 fans
(Excerpted from the award-winning DVD, Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life® - The Deluxe Lost Stories Edition - Mickey Mantle tells his own life story (autobiography) on DVD. Click Here to learn more about it. Click Here to see an outline of the contents of the DVD.)
 

Part 3: Mickey Mantle: Baseball Legend

A Career of Achievements

Mickey Mantle receives his third Most Valuable Player Award for the 1962 season from baseball commissioner Ford Frick on opening day in 1963. Mickey was also the MVP in 1956 and 1957.Even with his history of injuries, which was to haunt him throughout his career, few players have ever accomplished what Mickey accomplished. During his career with the Yankees Mickey played more games as a Yankee than any other player (2,401), won three Most Valuable Player awards: 1956, 1957 and 1962 (in the photo on the right American League President Joe Cronin presents Mickey with his MVP Award for 1962), won baseball's Triple Crown in 1956 with a .353 batting average, 52 homers and 130 RBI (leading the major leagues in all three categories), won four home run titles (1955, 1956, 1958 and 1960), led the league in runs scored six times (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960 and 1961), led the league in slugging three times (1955, 1956 and 1961) and hit 536 career home runs, third highest when he retired and the most ever by a switch-hitter. Mickey appeared in 12 World Series during his first 14 years with the Yankees, winning seven World Championships. His 18 home runs, 42 runs, 40 RBI and 43 bases on balls are still World Series records.

Tape Measure Home Runs

Mickey Mantle helps Yankees PR Director Red Patterson with a large tape measure after Mickey belted his 565-foot home run out of Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953.Arrows shows the paths of two of Mickey Mantle's monster home runs hit out of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The lower arrow shows his 643-foot home run hit into a lumber yard on 9-10-60 .No one in the history of the game has hit the ball farther than Mickey Mantle. His 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." It's listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest home run ever measured. Guinness also notes that Mickey's 643-foot homer hit at Detroit's Tiger Stadium on September 10, 1960 is the longest home run measured "mathematically after the fact." But neither of those home runs is Mickey's longest.

In an exhibition game at the University of Southern Red arrows show the paths of two historic Mickey Mantle home runs hit at Bovard Field, USC on March 26, 1951. The longer one was measured to have traveled 656 feet!California during his rookie spring training in 1951 Mickey walloped a 656-foot shot left-handed that left Bovard Field and crossed an adjacent football field. It may be the longest home run in history. It was also his second monster homer of the game. He also hit a ball right-handed that cleared the left-field wall and landed on top of a three-story house well over 500 feet away. As Mickey's teammate and close friend Billy Martin put it, "No man in the history of baseball had as much power as Mickey Mantle. No man. When you're talking about Mickey Mantle - it's an altogether different level. Separates the men from the boys."

Baseball Legend, American Idol

Mickey is one of the most popular players to ever play the game. After he retired from baseball on March 1, 1969 he may have become even more popular with fans. Everywhere he went his presence generated tremendous excitement, to the point that he rarely had any time to himself. He worked as a broadcaster for Sports Channel in New York for a number of years. His restaurant at 42 Central Park South, Mickey Mantle's, is one of the most popular eateries in New York. His baseball cards have become astonishingly valuable. Recently his rookie card sold in excess of $50,000. His autograph is one of the best known and most sought after in all of sports. He wrote several books about his life and experiences as a ballplayer, including his 1985 best-seller, The Mick. His autobiographical Mickey Mantle's award-winning #1 best-selling DVD, Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life - The Deluxe Lost Stories Edition. Includes two hour-long programs of The Mick telling his own story, including anecdotes from throughout his career.documentary film, Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life®, was a BILLBOARD Magazine national best-seller two years in a row: #3 in 1989 and #1 in 1990. It has won numerous awards and is widely considered the best sports portrayal ever made. A wide variety of publications called it, "The best baseball video ever made," including The NY Daily News, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Today Show, Larry King Live, The Roy Firestone Show, and many others. It is broadcast periodically on Public Television, generating high ratings, and has become a fan favorite across the country. There is an expanded edition of the program, called, The Deluxe Lost Stories Edition, that includes a bonus hour of never-before-released Mickey stories that complement and complete the original program. The Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life® Official Catalog offers a variety of merchandise for fans, and the program maintains the Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life® Official Web Site, which has thousands of visitors every month. Simply put, Mickey is one of the most beloved figures in history.

In 1993 Mickey was admitted to the Betty Ford Center for alcohol rehabilitation. During his stay Mickey received more mail than anyone in the history of the center. Afterward he spread the message of the ills of drug and alcohol abuse to kids, appearing on a number of television programs to speak about his experiences.

Mickey's Liver Transplant

On June 8, 1995 Mickey received a liver transplant at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas. Sadly, during the transplant surgery it was discovered that Mickey had contracted inoperable cancer. Before he died he formed the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of  becoming an organ donor. It became the cause closest to his heart. Mickey died at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, Texas on August 13, 1995. He was 63 years old.

Mickey was survived by his wife Merlyn and three of his four sons: Mickey Jr., David and Danny. On March 12, 1994, the year before Mickey died, his third son, Billy, died of complications resulting from Hodgkin's disease. Five years after his father's death, on Dec. 20, 2000, Mickey Jr. died of cancer. Mickey's wife Merlyn died of Alzheimer's disease on August 10, 2009. His remaining sons David and Danny are both active in the Mickey Mantle Foundation promoting the importance of organ donations.

The Mickey Mantle legend lives on through his foundation, his film, the memories he left, and in the hearts of his fans everywhere. I am proud to say he was my friend.

Lewis Early
 

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