Mickey Charles Mantle (1931 - 1995)

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Birthplace: Spavinaw., Oklahoma, United States
Death: Died in Dallas, Texas, United States
Cause of death: alcoholism- liver was badly damaged
Occupation: Baseball Player
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About Mickey Charles Mantle

Baseball player. Born Mickey Charles Mantle on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Named by his baseball-loving father after Detroit Tigers catcher Mickey Cochrane, Mickey Mantle was trained from a young age to be a switch-hitter. A New York Yankees scout saw him play while in high school, and Mantle signed on for two years in the minors before joining the major league team at age 19.

Mickey Mantle played his first game for the Yankees in 1951, eventually replacing Joe DiMaggio in center field. During his 18-year career with the Yankees, the switch-hitting slugger hit 536 home runs and was voted the American League Most Valuable Player three times (1956–7, 1962). In 1956 he won the American League triple crown with 52 home runs, 130 runs batted in, and a •353 batting average.

Throughout his career, Mantle was plagued by injuries and leg pain caused by osteomyelitis, yet he persevered to leave one of the greatest baseball legacies of all time. After retiring from baseball on March 1, 1969, Mantle became a restaurateur and television commentator. He was also featured in numerous documentaries and sports videos. A fan favorite, he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1974.

After years of hard drinking, Mantle entered the Betty Ford Clinic in 1994 and was diagnosed with cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer of the liver. Although he received a liver transplant in 1995, he died on August 13, 1995. He was survived by his ex-wife, Merlyn, and three sons, David, Danny and Mickey, Jr. A fourth son, Billy, died in 1994 of Hodgkin’s disease.

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Mickey Mantle's Timeline

1931
October 20, 1931
Spavinaw., Oklahoma, United States
1951
December 23, 1951
Age 20
Commerce, Oklahoma, United States
1953
April 15, 1953
Age 21
United States
1957
December 5, 1957
Age 26
United States
1995
August 13, 1995
Age 63
Dallas, Texas, United States
August, 1995
Age 63
Sparkman-Hillccrest Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States

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Birth: Oct. 20, 1931
Spavinaw
Mayes County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1995
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Professional baseball player. During his career which lasted eighteen years (1951-1968) while wearing Number 7, all with the American League New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle was the AL Triple Crown Winner in his outstanding 1956 season (best batting average .353...home runs 52...runs batted in 130), the MVP winner in 1956, 1957, 1962. He led his Yankee team to 12 American League pennants and 7 World Series championships, all which culminated in election, on the first try, to the coveted Hall of Fame in 1974. He was born Mickey Charles Mantle in Spavinaw, Oklahoma to Elvin (Mutt) and Lovell Mantle the oldest in a family of five. His father worked as a county road grader and then as a tenant farmer, being an excellent athlete who played semipro baseball on weekends. The family moved to nearby Commerce as Mutt Mantle went to work for the Eagle-Picher Zinc and Lead Company. From age six, his father would spend hours teaching him the fundamentals of baseball. In the many residences the family occupied in Commerce, his father provided an area where Mickey could play ball. The first was a tin barn which was used as a backstop, while his father pitched right-handed the student batted left, then his grandfather would pitch left-handed and Mickey batted right. This exercise would lead him to become the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. While attending Commerce HS, his athletic talent became evident where he starred in baseball and football. Although a poor student, he became sports editor of the school paper. A chance football injury was the first of many that would plague his future. While still in school, Mantle was playing baseball on weekends for a semipro team in nearby Baxter Springs called the 'Whiz Kids.' A Yankee scout on hand during a game, watched as Mickey switched-hit homers into Spring River which bordered the outfield. Graduating High School, he was given a Yankee contract. After putting up amazing numbers in the Western Association, he joined the Yankees in the final two weeks of the 1950 season. The following season, Mickey, became the Yankee right fielder. In 1952, he moved to centerfield replacing Joe DiMaggio who had retired. In 1967 he was moved to first base remaining until his retirement in 1969. Injury after injury occurred during his career and he was a familiar sight running on legs wrapped in rubberized bandages. The M&M (Maris & Mantle) boys electrified baseball during the 1961 season chasing the elusive home run record of Babe Ruth. However, Roger Maris when on to break the record when Mickey became sidelined by injury after hitting homer number fifty-four, thus nullifying his chance at the most coveted record in baseball. In his post-baseball life, he made Dallas his home. Mantle worked briefly as a coach for the Yankees, a baseball broadcaster for NBC and then a public relations position for Dallas Reserve Life Insurance Company. He hit a low after taking a job promoting the Claridge Hotel, an Atlantic City Casino. He was suspended from baseball but reinstated. Mickey penned his biography with ghost writer, Herb Gluck, entitled 'The Mick-An American Hero: The Legend and the Glory.' Health problems arose again, this time due to his own lifestyle of alcoholism. He spent time at the Betty Ford Clinic. Mantle was diagnosed with liver cancer necessitating a transplant which was successful but the cancer had spread. Before his death at age 63 at Baylor University Medical Center, a remorseful Mickey was the subject of an article in Sports Illustrated called 'My Life In A Bottle.' His old Yankee teammates were reunited at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. Pall Bearers, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Bobby Murcer and Hank Bauer carried him to his final resting place at Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery where he joined his son Billy who had preceded him in death. Country Singer, Roy Clark sang the poignant song, 'Yesterday When I Was Young.' Sports broadcaster, Bob Costas eulogized the outstanding baseball life of Mickey Mantle. His legend grows...The family home and the leaning tin garage where Mickey grew up learning the fundamentals of baseball from his dad located at 319 S. Quincy, Commerce, Oklahoma is presently being restored and a full scale museum is planned as a tourism center for baseball and sports fans, historians and collectors. After being an organ donor recipient in 1995 at Baylor University, a grateful Mickey Mantle deemed it another time to bat and became an advocate for organ donations while establishing and funding 'The Mickey Mantle Foundation.' Hundreds of transplant recipients and donor members gathered to send thousands of requested donor cards which when filled out acknowledged a person as a willing participant. (bio by: Donald Greyfield)

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Elvin Clark Mantle
Lovell Richardson Mantle (1904 - 1995)

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Merlyn Louise Johnson Mantle (1932 - 2009)*

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Burial:
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Mausoleum, Saint Matthew NE-N-D14-15

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