The Joke is on "Mick", Mickey Mantle

I can't say that I am much of a Yankees admirer. Being a lifelong fan of the Cubs, I guess you could say I am pretty envious. I would say though, that it’s impossible not to be a fan of the "Mick," Mickey Mantle. Mickey is a legend with an incredible story… before there was the 20-year-old Bryce Harper, there was the 20-year-old farm boy from Oklahoma.

Mickey Mantle signed index card with Neil Leifer framed photo

Mickey Mantle signed index card with Neil Leifer framed photo

Over my lifetime, I have accumulated many fond stories about Mantle. My personal favorite involves Billy Martin. When Billy was a player and teammate of Mickey, he was known as quite the practical joker. Mickey was always the victim of practical jokes from Billy, to the point that Mickey had to come up with something big! One early morning, Mickey arranged a hunting trip with Billy on a farm in Texas, when Billy was the manager of the Texas Rangers. Driving three hours and arriving at 6 a.m. in a pickup truck, Mickey and Billy arrived at the old farmers ranch house. Mickey told Billy to sit tight as he quietly approached the farmer.

Mickey Mantle sports figurine. 

Mickey Mantle sports figurine. 

Inside the house, the farmer graciously allowed them to hunt on his land, he just asked Mickey for one favor— to shoot his old mule. After ten years on the ranch, the mule was old and sick and the farmer couldn't bring himself to put him down, so he asked Mick to put him out of his misery. Spotting an opportunity, Mickey stormed to the truck screaming mad and told Billy that the farmer wouldn't allow them to hunt on their land and they wasted a three-hour trip! Mick asked Billy to hand him his rifle and that he was going to go shoot that farmer's mule for revenge. Billy asked Mickey, "Are you sure? Won't we get in trouble?" Mickey ignored Billy and "boom" fired a shot, before Mickey even turned around he heard pop, pop, pop. Billy yelled out,  "Hey I got three of his cows, let’s go!"

…And that was Billy Martin, always a good teammate and loyal friend no matter the situation!

1962 Topps All-Star card. 

1962 Topps All-Star card. 

Mickey Mantle Items in Stock

  • 1963 Topps baseball card with an autographed ball stand
  • Mickey Mantle signed index card with Neil Leifer framed photo
  • Lots of vintage magazines
  • 1954 Bowman in NR/MT
  • (2) 1956 Topps
  • 1957 Topps Nr/mt
  • 1958 Topps
  • 1959 Topps
  • Most from 1960-1969
  • 1960 Bazooka
    ... and many more!

 

 

Written by Damon Hudson, Owner