Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Mantle


Mickey Mantle was a stupendous ball player. He was great at playing

baseball because he practiced a lot. His whole baseball career, is the career that I dream
of having. He played in 12 of his 18 career years in the World Serieswith the Yankee's.
When Mickey Mantle was growing up, he was small, and spindly. His nickname was "little
Mick" when he was a child. Mantle went to


Commerce grade school. When Mickey was little, he always thought about

baseball (Falkner 21). His parents bought baseball gloves for him, but his mom made his
uniforms. When he started playing he always was a good hitter from the right side. He was
a little bit scared of the ball. Whenever the ball curved, he dropped so it would not hit
him. His Dad was one that taught him how to switchhit. His dad and grandpa always got some
games going after school with some of Mickey's friends (Falkner 22).The people who taught
him how to play the game were his father and grandfather. He practiced with them for at
least 2 hours a day (Falkner 23). Mickey played sports and games whenever he could. He
just could not stay away from the game of baseball. The one sport that Mickey did not want
anything to do with was swimming. The reason why was because swimming almost cost him
hislifeOnce him and his friends were swimming in a river,and they were not supposed to,
and a lady came and seen them, and his friends left him on a raft and he could not swim,
and he fell off and almost drowned.Mickey did not like school . He looked forward to
recess andafter school. Baseball was a big thing in Oklahoma. Everyone went to watch the
kids play (Falkner 30). Mantle was one of the fortunate kids, he could throw and bat right
and left handed (Falkner 31). Mickey was one of the fewkids that could throw a knuckle
ball, even though he was not a pitcher. Mickey as one of the best players in little
league, and even won the championship of little league (Falkner 32). Mickey's father
always wanted Mickey to bat left anded, even thoughMickey liked to hit right handed. So
whenever his father was ot there, he would hit right, and when his dad was there, he would
bat left. If his dad came during the game the coaches would yell "here he comes", and that
meant to switch to the left side. One time they did not see his dad, and his dad seen him
batting right handed. His dad then demanded the coach to take out Mickey from the game
right then and there (Falkner 33). His dad was strict. Mickey Charles Mantle was born
October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He became one of the greatest major league
baseball players of all time. Mantle usually played shortstop, but when he got to the
Yankee's, theposition was taken, so he played centerfield. He was a rookie in 1951, when
he replaced the great Joe DiMaggio at the position centerfield. Mantle was a
switch-hitting batter who combined a powerful combination of batting power and speed. n
1956, Mantle won baseballs "Triple Crown Leader", leading the league in batting average
(.353), homeruns (52), and (RBI'S) runs batted in (130).Mantle retired from professional
baseball on March 1, 1969 after having hit 536 career homeruns. In 1974Mantle was included
into the Hall of Fame.Mantle died in Dallas, TX on August 13, 1995 of liver failure.key
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