Mickey’s namesake, Mickey Jr., died from cancer in 2000. All four of Mickey Mantle’s sons did time in rehab. Read the latest on “The Anchor Project” and how you can be support our work. Practically every story has Hank Bauer being the first to throw a punch. Both Mickey’s grandfather and uncle had died from it at relatively young ages. He was able to return in 1952 and led the American League in OPS at .924, so there were signs of the greatness to come, but the home run in Washington cemented the notion that Mantle would soon be on a Hall of Fame track. Mickey admitted that he was more “The Mick” to his kids than “Dad.” His four sons were his drinking buddies. All contributions are tax-deductible. I had a pulled groin and couldn’t f—k at the time. For his part, Bauer, who was batting a measly .203 that season, told police, “I didn’t hit him. Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. Besides a great place to set off fireworks, the Shoreham Hotel was another of Mantle’s favorite stops on the road. Mantle married his high school sweetheart, Merlyn Johnson, in 1951. By his own admission, Mickey abused his body through years of hard living and hard drinking. A few years ago, Aaron Judge of the Yankees hit a home run that was measured at 495 feet. And lo and behold, only once did Mantle homer as a pinch-hitter during a day game at home. For as great as he was on the field, Mantle gave new meaning to the word “debauchery” off the field. If Mantle had three loves in life, they were baseball, wine, and women. And that was just to get him going for the rest of the day. Mantle and Ford purchased Roman candles and, startling the driver, decided to light one right in the cab! Just the idea of a drunk who ruined his or her own liver getting a new one was (and is) controversial enough, but now you have a famous drunk—and a hero to many baseball fans—seemingly moved to the front of the line. I ain’t hit anybody all year.”. None made the major leagues like their father, but all inherited his lust for liquor. You can follow him on Twitter for more useless facts. That first season with the Yankees, Mantle tore up a knee in the 1951 World Series. Squinting at the adoring crowd, Mantle said, “Those people don’t know how tough that really was!”. That didn’t take him off the market, however. As he was hungover, it seems logical that the game was a day game. He’s learned how to cut down on strikeouts and all I can is that he might go on to become the greatest left-handed hitter and the greatest right-handed hitter. All that can be said for certain is that a heckler ended up with a broken jaw. Mutt raised his son to be a ballplayer, even naming him after the Detroit Tigers’ Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane (even though Cochrane’s real name was Gordon). It was 25 years ago today that Mantle died at the age of 63 from a heart attack which occurred a little more than two months after he’d received a liver transplant. His names tell us why he came. It seemed like a donor match might be the thing that finally set The Mick on the straight and narrow. Martin said to Mantle, “Let’s climb out on the ledge and see what’s going on in the other rooms.”. Best recalled as a fiery manager, most famously with the Yankees five times, he was Mantle’s teammate in the 1950s. Only Ruth and Gehrig, left-handers, and Jimmy Foxx, a right-hander, compare with Mickey in hitting the lone ones.”. A Message For Madalyn Murray O'Hair: Why I Believe in God Various, Bestseller and More: Why I Believe in the Bible Various, Liar, Lord or Lunatic: Why I Believe in Jesus Christ Various, The God We Hardly Know: Why I Believe in the Holy Spirit Various, Darwin's Delusion: Why I Believe in Creation Genesis 1, Did Mickey Mantle Go to Heaven? It was the celebration of Billy Martin’s 29th birthday, and Sammy Davis Jr. was headlining at the Copacabana nightclub in New York. May 16, 1957, was supposed to be a joyous night out for Mantle and his teammates. To train Mickey, Mutt pitched right-handed to his son and forced him to bat lefty while Mickey’s grandfather, a southpaw, threw lefty to Mick to make him bat right-handed. I said don’t ask me, I’m no cock-sucker.”, And he signed it, “Mickey Mantle, The All-American Boy.”. Most of you know that Mickey Mantle died in August from deadly cancer that spread throughout his body. A few hecklers started to racially insult Davis Jr. (who was actually half–African American and half–Puerto Rican). One of Mantle’s sons, Billy, also had the disease and died young. Woodling, who played six years with the New York Yankees (1949–54) and was a member of five consecutive World Series champions, told ex-teammate Phil Rizzuto that Mantle hit one even farther in 1954. None made the major leagues like their father, but all inherited his lust for liquor. The story was that Mantle was nursing an injury and not expected to play. 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Having quit drinking in 1994, Mantle had been sober for a year. Like his grandfather, Billy had suffered from Hodgkin’s disease, but it was a heart attack—weakened from substance abuse—that ended his young life at 36. Mantle liked to tell people that he never hurt his team by being drunk or hungover on the field. Mickey’s namesake, Mickey Jr., died from cancer in 2000. Like his parents, he also spent time at the Betty Ford Center. The remarkable technology used today to measure home run distances wasn’t available back in 1953 when the Yankees were playing their fourth game of the 1953 season. So out the two went, onto the 22nd-floor ledge of the hotel. The lore has it that Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot home run against the Washington Senators in 1953. The story is true. Mickey replied with a grin, “Puss.”. The parties appeared before a grand jury to try and get to the bottom of the incident. If you have a Facebook account, you may comment below: Permissions and restrictions: You are permitted and encouraged to use and distribute the content on Keep Believing Ministries free of charge. Mantle, who had hit 23 home runs in 1952 and two more during New York’s seven-game World Series triumph over Brooklyn, hadn’t yet gone deep in 1953. Today’s athletes are careful of what they put in their bodies. But he got so much publicity the year before that they couldn’t surpass it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuGnaUIBQrA?start=05&end=217. No one, including Babe Ruth, hit them consistently as far as Mantle did. His names tell us how he can help us. “I was there the day he hit that ball out of Griffith Stadium,” Woodling said in Rizzuto’s book The October Twelve, published in 1994. If you choose to publish excerpts from a sermon or article, please provide a link or attribution back to KeepBelieving.com’s version of this article. Had it not been stopped by the back of the bleachers in left — center at Yankee Stadium, how far would it have rolled?