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Mickey Mantle - Too Little, Too Late

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After he was released from the clinic, Mantle seemed ready to make amends for the wrongs in his life. He appeared before the press as an optimistic man, and he told People that "…all those years I lived the life of somebody I didn't know. A cartoon character. From now on Mickey Mantle is going to be a real person. I still can't remember much of the last ten years … but I'm looking forward to the memories I'll have in the next ten."

Yet it was too late to make amends. On June 8, 1995, Mantle underwent a liver transplant to replace the one he had done so much damage to. Beset by cancer, hepatitis, and cirrhosis, the transplant was a success, but the cancer had spread beyond his liver to most of his internal organs. On August 13th, to the shock of much of the American public, Mantle died.

Career Statistics

Yr Team AVG GP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB E
NYY: New York Yankees.
1951 NYY .267 96 341 61 91 13 65 43 74 8 6
1952 NYY .311 142 549 94 171 23 87 75 111 4 14
1953 NYY .295 127 461 105 136 21 92 79 90 8 6
1954 NYY .300 146 543 129 163 27 102 102 107 5 9
1955 NYY .306 147 517 121 158 37 99 113 97 8 2
1956 NYY .353 150 533 132 188 52 130 112 99 10 4
1957 NYY .365 144 474 121 173 34 94 146 75 16 7
1958 NYY .304 150 519 127 158 42 97 129 120 18 8
1959 NYY .285 144 541 104 154 31 75 93 126 21 2
1960 NYY .275 153 527 110 145 40 94 111 125 14 3
1961 NYY .317 153 514 132 163 54 128 126 112 12 6
1962 NYY .321 123 377 96 121 30 89 122 78 9 5
1963 NYY .314 65 172 40 54 15 35 40 32 2 1
1964 NYY .303 143 465 92 141 35 111 99 102 6 5
1965 NYY .255 122 361 44 92 19 46 73 76 4 6
1966 NYY .288 108 333 40 96 23 56 57 76 1 0
1967 NYY .245 144 440 63 108 22 55 107 113 1 8
1968 NYY .237 144 435 57 103 18 54 106 97 6 15
TOTAL .298 2401 8102 1677 2415 536 1509 1733 1710 153 107

The contribution of Mickey Mantle to the game of baseball, and the memories he gave fans of the game, are without equal. Many would argue that he was one of the greatest baseball players ever, and undoubtedly, one of the best of his generation.

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