Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Mantle

7 April 1951, the year Mickey was drafted into the first team “New York Yankees’ (New York Yankees). By April of that year, it became clear that Mickey is a switch-hitter best in the league, equally well using both hands. Joe DiMaggio (Joe DiMaggio) even called it “the greatest young talent ‘.

Author: Eugene Tantsurina

Mickey Mantle (Mickey Mantle, full name – Mickey Charles Mantle) was born in 1931 in the city of Spavino, Oklahoma (Spavinaw, Oklahoma), in the family of Alvin Mantle (Elvin Mantle) and Lovell Richardson (Lovell Richardson). The name ‘Mickey’ was given in honor of the famous guy catcher teams ‘Oakland Athletics’ (Oakland Athletics) Mickey Cochrane (Mickey Cochrane), who was his father’s favorite player. When Mickey was 4 years old, the family moved to the nearby town of Commerce, Oklahoma (Commerce, Oklahoma). It was there that the boy and went to school, where the first classes began to show interest in the sport – he played for the basketball team, playing in the team of American football and, of course, playing baseball every day, to which he had a special feeling. As a teenager during a soccer game Mantle severely injured his leg, and after getting into a wound infection situation is so difficult that Mickey narrowly escaped amputation. During the rest of their lives this injury made itself felt.

Because of the injury, he was released from military service; it is known that after the fans know that Mickey is not served in the army, he has long been a cause for ridicule on their part, are able to stop, only to show the official medical clearance.

At the age of 16 years, Mickey played for the ‘Baxter Springs’, a part of which he was seen by a scout ‘Yankees’ (New York Yankees) Grinueydom Tom (Tom Greenwade). Over the next few months, the leadership of the New York team was able to find ways to persuade the guy to join in the ‘subsidiary’ team in the lower leagues. The amount of the contract put in a deadlock – no 16-year-old did not get to the Mantle of 4.500 thousand dollars per game.

7 April 1951, the year Mickey was drafted into the first team “New York Yankees’ (New York Yankees). By April of that year, it became clear that Mickey is a switch-hitter best in the league, equally well using both hands. Joe DiMaggio (Joe DiMaggio) even called it “the greatest young talent ‘.

In 1952 Mantle joined the team ‘Kansas City Blues’, but in the first game, it became clear that this time an easy victory for him would not be. The boy fell into a depression, called his parents, saying that he could not play baseball. A few days later my father came to him, but instead of words of comfort, he shouted from the doorway: ‘I thought I raised a man, but it turned out – a weakling. Get your things, we’re going back to Oklahoma, where, be sure I will find a job for you. ” It should be noted that the arrival of the father of a young athlete and cheer for the time remaining until the end of the season, he knocked out 11 home runs and earned 50 points (RBI).

In 1951, the year Mickey Mantle for the first time reached the World Series (World Series).

On account of the athlete many records; Thus, in one of the games Mickey tipped the ball over 169 meters, and shortly afterwards broke that record, having beaten off the ball at a distance greater than 170 meters.

Despite the fact that he played equally well with both hands, Mantle always maintained that loves to play on the right; Statistics Games, however, refute this fact. A total of 372 players hit the ball twice with his left hand and only 164 – on the right.

In 1956, Mickey was named the best professional athletes of the year, as well as one of the three best players in the league (Triple Crown) with the index 0.353. Season 1957, was formed for the player even better than before, it has increased their performance and again in the

was one of the three best players.

By 1961, the ninth year of Mickey became the highest-paid player in the league, signing a contract worth more than 500 thousand dollars.

March 1, 1969, the year appeared in the press news of the departure of retired players, which soon confirmed by Mickey himself.

It is known that the last years of his life Mantle suffered from alcohol dependence, as well as from injuries received earlier.

He sincerely believed that he would die young, and therefore never really cared about their health. In 1995, the ninth year he was diagnosed with cancer; for the remaining few months of life Mickey tried to apologize to all the people he had ever offended, and also founded the Foundation ‘Mickey Mantle Foundation’ own funds.

August 13, 1995, the year of Mickey Mantle died in hospital Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas (Dallas, Texas).

In 2006, he was released on a limited edition stamps with a picture of Mickey.

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