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A Letter from Danny and David Mantle to Mickey's Fans

The Late Great Mickey Mantle Besmirched by 'Tell-All' Book

Awkward Combination of History Book, Tabloid and Memoir

The Mick vs. The Say Hey Kid

Baseball and Steroids

Mickey's Historic Home Run on Trial

World Series Records vs. Postseason Records



In light of a new book that was just released, we felt compelled to make this public statement.  Was dad an alcoholic? Yes, he could be unruly sometimes and say rude things but alcohol does that to people.  It makes a person say and do things that they normally wouldn't do and say.  When he acted rude towards people, he later deeply regretted it.  So for these writers and other people to keep bringing up this issue is actually good because it points out why he got help in the first place.  Was he a bad father?  No.  He never left his family and always made sure we were well taken care of.  He had a heart of gold, always thinking of others.   After his father passed, with dad at the young age of 21, he assumed the high pressure role of family provider and took care of everybody including his mother, brothers, sister, and his in-laws.  

We are so proud to call him our dad.  From the time he co-wrote his original biography “The Mick” in 1985 until his final days when he said "I am not a role model", he was completely honest and open about his life.  While in the Betty Ford Clinic, he received tens of thousands of cards and letters of support and thanks.  His actions became an inspiration to others with the same problem which meant a lot to dad.  He has no idea how many people have come up to us and expressed their sincere appreciation for the example he set in seeking help for his alcoholism. 

Not only was dad loved and respected by his family and friends, he was equally loved and respected by his teammates and many of his opponents.  More than anything, dad wanted to be known as a great teammate.  That was everything to him.  That's all he wanted to be known for.  Not the long homers, World Series records or his Hall of Fame career.  He was a fierce competitor on the field and a great friend off the field to his teammates.  Those he played with and against, as well as his true fans, knew dad far better than the writers of today who base their stories on one interview with him or never even met him at all. 

All we can say is that dad was not perfect.  None of us are.  But, he wasn't a bad person either.  We know the world is a different place today looking for sensationalism, but to write someone's life story using only half truths and not focus equally on the good as well as the bad is disappointing to us that loved him.  Dad has been gone for over 15 years now.  Many of his friends and teammates are gone too.  Every new book that is released about him has to rely on more and more third party accounts and less on eye witness accounts and stories.  We know that we can't change the things that are written in these books but his true fans know his career, his courage, his competitive spirit, what he accomplished and what he meant to a generation of baseball fans.  That will never change.  That's why we feel that we must address this to let the fans know because you were so important to him.  So, thanks to the people that loved and respected him all these years.  You mean the world to him and the Mantle family.

Danny and David Mantle





by Mark Skousen

Many consider Mickey Mantle the greatest baseball player ever, next to Babe Ruth, and he is certainly the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history.  Mantle-related items like signed baseballs and bats command the highest prices of any ball player, past or present, with the exception of Ruth. He had a magnetic personality that fans couldn’t get enough of.

He played his entire storied 18-year major-league career for the New York Yankees, wearing the famous number 7 (now retired).  He was named Most Valuable Player three times, and some experts think he had nine straight MVP years.  He won the coveted Triple Crown in 1956 (leading the league in homers, runs batted in, and batting average).

And as the World Series is about to begin, you should know that Mantle holds the record for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26) and total bases (123).  It is doubtful that anyone will surpass him in these categories.

He was the consummate team player, and the Yankees won seven World Series rings with him batting clean-up.  Not surprisingly, his name includes the words “key man”: MicKEY MANtle.

I saw Mickey play only once in the late 1950s as a youngster, but I will never forget the mammoth home-runs and the power of his swing.  Nobody swung the bat with such grit as Mickey Mantle.


Now comes a new “tell all” biography, “The Last Boy:  Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood” by veteran sports writer Jane Leavy, author of a biography of Sandy Koufax, the great Dodger pitcher.

There’s an old saying, “A sculptor never leaves behind all his shavings.”  If Jane Leavy really loved Mickey Mantle, as she claims, she would have done the same in writing her biography of the boy wonder, and left out the lurid details about Mantle’s “bad boy” image.  Instead, she has become the Kitty Kelly of sports writing, and made us all into peeping toms.  I must admit that I could not finish reading her book, which is full of obsessive personal details of a famous man.  I couldn’t get past all the gutter language and crass stories.

Sports Illustrated had to censor her excerpt in SI. Thank goodness there’s still some dignity left in the sports profession.  There was a time years ago when sports writers ignored the peccadillos of their heroes, just as political writers kept silent about their favorite politicians.  But that is a by-gone era. The Age of Innocence is long gone.

I don’t really understand the purpose of the public vetting of a great player’s foibles other than pure titillation, which I find to be a lazy endeavor without value.

The “tell all” biographers have done it to the Babe, Joe DiMaggio, George Steinbrenner, and now Mantle.

Years ago, I had the opportunity of meeting my childhood hero at a ball signing, but having heard of his “bad boy” image, I decided against it.  A collector went for me, and got an autographed baseball, “To Dr. S, Mickey Mantle,” which I will always cherish. Mantle was a man, not a boy, in my book, and that’s how I would like to remember him.

I don’t want to remember him as a womanizer and teller of dirty jokes, but as the man who would go out of his way to help a teammate or a friend.

I don’t want to remember Mickey Mantle as a drunk who came to the plate and hit a home run.  I want to remember him as a great hitter who came limping to the plate in pain and hit a home run, and as he crossed the plate, saw blood ooze from his leg.

That’s my kind of hero.

Mark Skousen is a professional economist, university professor, and author of over 25 books.  He is the editor of Forecasts & Strategies, and producer of FreedomFest (  He is a lifetime Yankee fan.




by Randall Swearingen

"The Last Boy" by Jane Leavy is an awkward combination of a history book, a newsstand tabloid and a personal memoir. Most of the first fifteen chapters are an interesting history book about Mantle's childhood, the mining industry in Picher, and a couple of Mickey's historic games. Interspersed are chapters about the author's personal one day encounter with Mickey in 1983 (the personal memoir). Unfortunately, most of the last five chapters resemble a tabloid full of gossip, rumors and accusations that were derived from memories that are now 20 to 60+ years old. These alleged stories paint a dark and troubling image of this American icon as an alcoholic, womanizing, mean, bitter and miserable man as well as a bad husband and father.

As Leavy acknowledges in her book, I, Randall Swearingen, have spent much of the past fifteen years researching, collecting, protecting and defending The Mick. I too have spoken to many people about Mickey's life and career. I realize that Mantle was not a perfect person. None of us are. He became an alcoholic some years after he retired from baseball (but not during his playing days as Leavy alludes). Mickey may have had his bad moments but he was often a very generous, thoughtful and pleasant man (traits skipped over in this book). As a close friend to the Mantle family, I can attest that Danny and David feel strongly that Mickey was a great dad. So which is the "real Mick" - Leavy's version or mine?

I'm reminded of the old saying, "Don't believe everything you read." After reading this book, those words have even more meaning to me. Leavy is obviously a very gifted writer. She is very meticulous and careful to not misstate facts. But, the tabloid portion of this book relies solely on people's recollections which are far from perfect and thus perform a serious injustice to Mantle's image.

On one hand, Leavy defends human memory by stating, "I believe in memory, not memorabilia." On the other hand, she acknowledges the fragile nature of memory by stating, "Memory is a process, albeit a faulty one."

In the book's preface, Leavy couldn't remember herself whether Mickey gave her his personal sweater in 1983 or another sweater just like it. That, in itself, speaks volumes about the reliability of human memory when the author, herself, can't recall the details of her own encounter with Mickey.

Therefore, due to the imperfect nature of human memory, I seriously doubt that all the tabloid-ish memories recounted in this book are accurate. But, finding skeletons in closets is more profitable than not finding them.

The personal memoir portion of the book reveals what appears to be a personal vendetta by Leavy against The Mick. She describes in the preface that back in 1983, she could not write the truth about her encounter with Mickey, in fear of being fired, and thus giving him a "pass". At the end of the preface she writes, "... I also believe that denial is treacherous and taking refuge in generalities is the same as giving him another pass." Thus, she felt she had let him off the hook in 1983 and she felt compelled to make him pay today. She proceeds to define and prosecute the man known as Mickey Mantle using her one day experience with him as the foundation.

I personally choose not to believe all the stories and claims in this book because they are not consistent with my knowledge and experiences regarding Mantle. Rather, I choose to remember Mickey based on facts and memorabilia because facts and memorabilia don't lie. Mickey played the game with courage, competitiveness, passion, pure unbridled talent, style, grace and class. He was a great teammate. He loved his family. Regardless of what people write now and in the future about him, Mickey Mantle was, still is, and will always be a great American hero. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised that one hundred years from now, adults will still be proudly wearing number 7 jerseys to Yankee Stadium as well as children on little league fields around the country. Long live The Mick!



The Mick vs. The Say Hey Kid



Ever since 1951, baseball fans have been asking the question, "Who's the better all around baseball player - Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle?  Looking at the statistics below makes it difficult for anyone to draw a quick conclusion as both players were fairly evenly matched.  Both were gifted players who dominated their respective leagues for many years. 

Willie Mays played 22 seasons while, due to injuries, Mickey Mantle played 18.  Thus, Willie definitely compiled higher career numbers with the additional 4 seasons.  In order to try to create an apples-apples perspective on the stats, we've calculated the season high for each player in each category.  We've also calculated the season average for each player in each category. 

Who was the best?  YOU be the judge.  Feel free to sign our guestbook with your choice and the reasoning behind your choice.


The Mantle Family



Achievement Mickey Mantle Willie Mays
Rookie of the Year Awards 0 1
Triple Crown Awards 1 0
MVP Awards 3 2
Player of the Year Awards 1 1
World Series 12 4
All-Star Appearances 20 24
Gold Glove Awards 1 12
#Years with .300+ Batting Avg 10 10
#Years League Batting Leader 1 1
#Years League Home Run Leader 4 4
#Years League RBI Leader 1 0
#Years League On Base Percentage Leader 3 2
#Years League Slugging Percentage Leader 4 5
#Years League On Base + Slugging (OPS) Leader 6 5
At Bats Per Home Run 15.1 16.5
Career Fielding Average .985 .981


Mantle 18 2401 8102 1677 2415 344 72 536 1509 153 38 1733 1710 .298 .421 .557 .977 172 4511 126
Mays 22 2992 10881 2062 3283 523 140 660 1903 338 103 1464 1526 .302 .384 .557 .941 156 6066 192



Mantle 1956 150 533 132 188 22 5 52 130 10 1 112 99 .353 .464 .705 1.169 210 376 6
Mays 1954 151 565 119 195 33 13 41 110 8 5 66 57 .345 .411 .667 1.078 175 377 0



Mantle 153 549 132 188 37 12 54 130 21 7 146 126 .365 .512 .705 1.177 222 376 23
Mays 162 621 130 208 43 20 52 141 40 19 112 123 .347 .425 .667 1.078 184 382 20



Mantle 133 450 93 134 19 4 30 84 9 2 96 95 .298 .421 .557 .977 172 251 7
Mays 136 495 94 149 24 6 30 87 15 5 67 69 .302 .384 .557 .941 156 276 9



Mantle 12 65 230 42 59 6 2 18 40 3 4 43 54 .257 .374 .535 .908 123 6
Mays 4 20 71 9 17 3 0 0 6 2 0 7 9 .239 .302 .282 .589 20 0

Statistics from


Baseball and Steroids

Mark McGwire recently joined a handful of MLB players who have publicly acknowledged their use of performance enhancing substances during their playing careers.  While the Mantle Family is pleased that another player has stepped forward, we feel strongly that America's youth needs to be educated about the dangers of taking steroids.  Thus, the Mantle Family encourages MLB and the players who used steroids to work together to produce Public Service Announcements to discourage today's youth from taking steroids, alcohol and/or doing drugs. 

Also, the use of performance enhancing substances in MLB has damaged the integrity of baseball and the accuracy of the record books.  Many records, that were set in the last 20 years, were steroid enhanced. The first step to righting the wrong is to know who the users were.  Thus, the Mantle Family would like to encourage all MLB steroid users to step forward and set the record straight in an effort to regain the support and trust of baseball fans all across this great country.  We hope and pray that you agree with us so we can put this tainted era of baseball behind us in a respectful way. 

The Mantle Family


Mickey's Historic Homer On Trial!

WASHINGTON, APRIL 17 - RECORD HOMER -- Smiling Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees, holds the ball he socked for 565-feet today, the longest homerun ever hit in Griffith Stadium here.  Mickey points to the dent in the ball where it hit a house after clearing centerfield in the game with the Washington Senators.  The Yankees won 7-3.


Fifty-five years after the fact, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports smugly presented a stunning indictment, with help from his expert witness, author Bill Jenkinson, that the 565’ blast by Mickey Mantle on April 17th, 1953 at Griffith Stadium is merely a myth and could not possibly have traveled that far.  The prosecution’s entire case rests on this flimsy, circumstantial evidence; 1) the fact that Donald Dunaway (the boy who found the ball) can not be located 55 years later, 2) that Yankees PR man, Red Patterson never actually measured the ball with a tape measure and 3) the fact that the prosecution feels that nobody could ever hit a ball as hard or as far as the great Babe Ruth.  The defense plans to convincingly dispute each of these pieces of evidence. 

Defense opening statement:  The defense wishes to clearly state that it acknowledges Babe Ruth as the greatest baseball player in the history of the game.   Unlike the prosecution, we are in no way going to challenge the distances of balls that Babe Ruth hit during his tremendous career.  Even though none of the material witnesses are with us today (they are on Heaven’s team now), we plan to present well documented written testimony from multiple people who actually witnessed Mickey’s home run in question on April 17, 1953.  We intend to show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the home run in question was, and still is, the longest measured home run in the history of the game. 


Oddly enough, the only material witness that Jeff Passan seems interested in is Donald Dunaway.  In Passan’s article, he states that even though Red Patterson admitted that he did not actually measure the homer with a tape measure (he stepped off the distance), he never wavered from his story that Donald Dunaway found the ball.  Passan issues an objection that because Mr. Dunaway can not be found today, he didn’t exist in 1953 and therefore his “testimony” is hearsay.  That is hardly evidence that the homer didn’t land 565’ from home plate.  Objection overruled.

The prosecution also claims that Mickey's blast could not have gone 565' because it was not precisely measured.  The defense objects on the grounds that, prior to this home run, no home run ball in the history of the game had ever been precisely measured.  Yet, people still insist that Babe Ruth's blast traveled specific distances and nobody has ever questioned them.  At least in this case, Red Patterson did something never done before and that was to measure the distance in steps which was a widely accepted and common means of measuring distance at that time.  Objection sustained. 

Let’s review the facts that are agreed to by both the prosecution and the defense:

1) The ball definitely did carry completely out of the confines of Griffith Stadium.
2) The ball glanced off the National Bohemian Beer sign which was 460’ feet from home plate and 55’ off the ground.
3) There was a wind blowing out of the stadium that day.

The defense would now like to introduce Exhibits A, B and C to the jury:

Exhibit A – The day after the home run blast, an article appeared in The Washington Post titled, “Ruth Never Slugged A Baseball Farther”.  The opening paragraph of the article read, “MICKEY MANTLE’S home run in the fifth inning was the first drive ever to clear the 55-foot high left field bleachers at Griffith Stadium since they were built in 1924.  Veteran New York baseball writers agreed that Babe Ruth never hit a ball farther.”

Exhibit B - An article titled, “Home Run Big Guns – From Ruth to Mantle”, appeared in the July 1953 edition of Baseball Magazine which stated, “Red Patterson, public relations officer of the New York Yankees, dashed in pursuit. He found the ball in possession of ten-year old Don Dunaway, who pointed out the spot where he'd retrieved the leather. Patterson's measurement of the gaudy blast was 565 feet. Later, the calculations were reviewed by Cal Griffith, vice president of the Senators, who made it 562 feet.”

Thus, Red Patterson was not the only person to have calculated the distance.  Cal Griffith, the vice president of the Senators, did his own analysis and determined the home run to have traveled 562’.  Keep in mind that Red Patterson might have reason to exaggerate since he worked for the Yankees– but Mr. Griffith?

Exhibit C – An article titled, “As High and Far as Ruth”, appeared in the July 1956 Baseball Digest which stated, “The late Clark Griffith, a Yankee hater from far back, paid Mantle complete, if grudging, tribute for the ball he hit completely out of the park in left center in 1953 in Griffith Stadium. ‘Maybe the wind did help him,’ Griffith said, ‘but that wind has been blowing off and on for 51 years out here and nobody else ever put one over that fence.’”

We would like to pose this question to the jury - Is it merely a coincidence that the prosecution waited fifty-five years to make their indictment against Mickey Mantle when there are no living witnesses that can counter their claims?  Or is it just out of convenience?  Although Passan states that only 4,206 fans attended that historic game on April 17, 1953, fortunately, there were at least two people present on the field that day who had witnessed both Mickey’s blast and long homers hit by the great Babe Ruth – Yankee coaches Bill Dickey and Frank Crosetti.  While Crosetti only witnessed the Babe’s last three years on the Yankees, Dickey witnessed seven years (half of Babe’s Yankee career). The defense would like to present testimony from these actual witnesses. 

The defense now calls Bill Dickey to the stand to hear his testimony that was published in multiple magazines over the years that he coached with the Yankees:

June 1956 Newsweek: Bill Dickey describing Mickey Mantle - "I thought when I was playing with Ruth and [Lou] Gehrig I was seeing all I was ever gonna see. But this kid… Ruth and Gehrig had power, but I've seen Mickey hit seven balls, seven, so far ... well, I've never seen nothing like it."

July 1956 Baseball Digest“The home runs he [Mantle] hits are not only Ruthian in quality, sometimes they're farther than the late Babe's. Bill Dickey, the Yankee coach who played with Ruth, almost said after the opening game that Mantle could hit a ball farther. Then he amended it, and said: ‘Put it this way: Ruth could hit a ball awful high and awful far. Mickey can hit it just as high and just as far.’”

1961 Complete Sports“Most of his tape-measure homers (450 feet or better) had been hit righty. The grand daddy of them all was the 565-footer over the left field bleachers in Washington on April 17, 1953. That is the longest fair ball ever recorded by actual measurement. Two weeks later, he hit one (again righty) out of St. Louis' Sportsmans Park, (now Busch Stadium), which measured 512 feet. Those two convinced Dickey, then a Yankee coach and former teammate of both Ruth and Gehrig. ‘Mickey can hit a ball further than the Babe,’ he said, refusing to let his fealty to Ruth cloud his honest appraisal of the pair of all-time greats.”

July 1962 Great Moments In Sports: Referring to Mickey’s 565’ blast in Washington in 1953 - “Clark Griffith, Bucky Harris, Casey Stengel and Bill Dickey, who'd seen 'em all in the era of the lively ball, agreed it was the longest drive in the history of the game. ‘I never thought I would live to see a man who could hit a baseball as far as Ruth,’ said the awe-struck Dickey. ‘But now I've seen a man who could hit 'em further.’"

The defense would now like to call our second witness, Frank Crosetti, to the stand:

January 1964 Sports Calvacade – Commenting on Mickey’s façade shot in 1963 - “FRANK CROSETTI: ‘That's the hardest I've ever seen anyone hit a ball. Foxx, Ruth, anybody.  I don't believe a man can hit a ball any harder.  It went out like it was shot out of a cannon.’"

The defense would like to call our third and final witness, Casey Stengel. Stengel played during the same era as Babe Ruth.  Let’s hear testimony from Stengel, that we believe is actually on point and easy to understand:

1957 Mickey Mantle Baseball King: Regarding Mickey’s 565’ foot blast – “‘I don't care how far it went,’ said manager Casey Stengel in his best Stengelese. ‘It was the longest ball I ever' saw.’"

The defense believes that no further testimony is necessary and therefore the defense rests.

Defense closing argument: So whose evidence is more convincing?  Mr. Passan’s evidence which is less than even circumstantial or that of Bill Dickey, Frank Crosetti, Casey Stengel, Red Patterson, Cal Griffith, Clark Griffith and numerous other experts of that time?  It seems the answer is clear.  The ball DID travel between 562’ and 565’, and, had it not glanced off the beer sign, it would have surely traveled even further.

Since the prosecution has failed to prove the facts necessary to sustain an indictment of this magnitude, we believe that their case should be dismissed. The only real question remaining is whether Passan and Jenkinson have engaged in an unprofessional and malicious prosecution and are therefore guilty of irresponsible journalism?  We think the verdict should be clear on this issue and the penalty should be up to the baseball fans.  So there you have it baseball fans.  Forget about the steroid controversy that no one seems to care about – this is the real baseball trial of the century. You be the judge and the jury.




World Series Records vs. Postseason Records


MLB Needs to Abandon Post-Season Stats
and Adopt Play-Off and World Series Stats

It's interesting to think back in 1961 when Roger Maris' home run record was asterisked because he played in just 8 more games than Babe Ruth.  MLB made a separate record book for the longer season.  Why is it that today MLB is comparing the World Series stats of baseball great Mickey Mantle to post-season stats of current day players?  Mantle never played in a Divisional Series game nor a League Series game.  Yet, at multiple times during this years play-offs, MLB has displayed post-season leader boards for home runs which has listed the following top 5 players: Manny Ramirez (29), Bernie Williams (22), Derek Jeter (19), Reggie Jackson (18) and Mickey Mantle (18).  A more accurate representation would differentiate between between Divisional Series (DS) homers, League Series (LS) homers and World Series (WS) homers as shown below.  PA = Plate Appearances and DNE = Did Not Exist:







Manny Ramirez






Bernie Williams






Derek Jeter






Reggie Jackson






Mickey Mantle







The World Series is the pinnacle of the game of baseball.  How can MLB logically combine World Series stats with play-off stats into one bucket called post-season stats when the level of play is so distinctly different?  Also, due to the play-offs, today's players have almost three times as many post-season games per year as those players prior to 1969.  If MLB insists on keeping post-season records, they should never include players (such as Mantle, Berra and Ruth) in post-season stats, because they played prior to 1969 when play-offs did not exist.  Comparing stats of players who only played in World Series to those players who also played in Divisional Series and League Series is like comparing apples to oranges.  MLB could easily solve this issue by keeping two sets of stats; one for play-off records (combined DS and LS) and one for World Series. 

One can only imagine how many homers Mantle would have hit if the Yankees of his day would have played Divisional Championship Series and League Championship Series along with the World Series.  The Yankees played in 12 World Series during Mantle’s career.  That would have included a minimum of 12 Divisional Series (best of 5 games) and 12 League Series (best of 7 games).  This does not even include the times that the Yankees would have made it to he play-offs in addition to the 12 years.  50 homers?  60?  More?

For the record, Mickey Mantle is the all-time World Series leader in Home Runs (18), RBIs (40), Runs Scored (42), Total Bases (123) and Walks (43).