Mickey Mantle: A True American Hero

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Mickey Charles Mantle Mickey Mantle played centerfield for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. Throughout that period Mickey became a hero for Yankees fans and baseball fans everywhere. His blazing speed, raw power, and monumental home runs made him a household name. Mickey Mantle personified what an American hero should be like, honest, humble and he was a Yankee! Mickey Charles Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Mickey was named after Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane. His father had dreams of his son playing professional baseball and he did everything he could to make that happen. Every night after coming home from the zinc mines, Mickey’s father would pitch to him and by age 6, Mickey was amazing the neighbors with his hitting skills. Mantle always talked warmly about his father saying, “He was the bravest man he ever knew.” As a young boy, Mickey played football, basketball, and baseball. While playing football Mickey got kicked in the leg and the wound turned to osteomyelitis, a crippling disease that would have been incurable a few years earlier, but luckily his leg was saved with the newly found drug,…show more content…
He drank a lot, and admitted during his playing days he was not a very good father. After he retired, he went through deep depression and started drinking to a point where he became a raging alcoholic. Mickey admitted himself to the Betty Ford clinic, and it is here he learned that if he took one more drink, it would kill him. Being in the clinic brought Mickey into perspective of how revered he was. He got more mail than anyone had before him. This showed Mickey how many people thought he was their hero and it really meant a lot to him. Shortly after Mickey was released from the clinic, his son Billy died of Hodgkin’s disease just like his father. This was very hard on Mick and he nearly started drinking again but the will of his family stopped

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