Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle was one of the greatest baseball player in the history of the United States. He was born in October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. His Dad was Elven Mantle. "He taught Mickey Mantle how to switch hit and play outfield". His mom was Lovell Mantle. He grew up in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. At the age of four, him and his family moved to another town in Oklahoma. He was a very good athlete; he played basketball, football before he started playing baseball. In fact his football playing almost ends his career as a player. "Mantle's leg soon became infected with osteomyelitis a crippling disease that would have been incurable just a few years earlier. A midnight ride to Tulsa enabled Mantle to be treated with
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His rationale was that the men in his family had all died young, so he expected to as well. "I'm not gonna be cheated," he'd say."
Mantle's wife and family went for treatment for alcoholism, and he needed to go to. The doctor told him that if he kept on drinking he could die soon. His liver was really damaged. "Your next drink could be your last one" the doctor said.
After he completed his alcohol treatment, his son Billy died on March 12, he was thirty-six years old. He had trouble with his heart. That brought Mickey back to drinking.
"Mickey Jr. also died of liver cancer on December 20, 2000, at age 47. Danny would later battle prostate cancer". "Mantle spoke with great remorse of his drinking in a Sports Illustrated article, "My Life In A Bottle." He said that he was telling the same old stories, and realizing how much of them involved himself and others being drunk, and he decided they weren't funny anymore. He admitted he had often been cruel and hurtful to family, friends, and fans because of his alcoholism, and sought to make amends"
In 2006, Mantle will be featured on a United States Postage Stamp [1] The stamp is one of a series of four honoring Baseball Sluggers.

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