• Mantle, Warming Up In The Pen

    Posted by on June 20th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    By now, you may have seen the story about Mickey Mantle’s reported personal “experiences” at Yankee Stadium.

    Part of me questions how such documents have fallen into the hands of those who are reporting this story – and therefore I have to wonder if this is legit or not.

    But, part of me thinks that it could be true – based on an encounter that someone (close to me) had with Mantle back in the 1980’s.

    Mantle was at a function held in the Binghamton Club. The person (close to me) was working at the event – and they thought this was a great chance to get Mick’s autograph (for me).

    Mantle was more than willing to sign. But, as I was told, “He tried to sign my boob first.” It seems Mantle had a few (what the Scooter would call) “lollipops” at the club that day and was feeling free and easy.

    When his idea was rejected, Mickey did agree to sign a cocktail napkin (for me). I have it somewhere – I should look for it. (I haven’t looked at it in years.)

    Anyway, it seems from most reports that Mantle had a very bawdy-side to him. So, the answer that he reportedly provided in the documents does not shock me.

    I would just like to know the source of the documents before I waste any serious time considering if they’re real or not.

    Update, 11:14 pm ET, 6-20-06: The author of the Mantle report was very kind to contact me and share some information – that I will not detail here, out of respect for the author and to ensure that I do not cause problems for their source – that now makes me believe that the Mantle documents in their report are the real deal. I’m not 100% certain on this – as a fact. But, I think the odds are in favor of these documents being what they appear to be in the report.

    Comments on Mantle, Warming Up In The Pen

    1. Jen
      June 20th, 2006 | 5:16 pm

      I’ve heard that story before (or something close to it re: Mantle). Len Berman told it on Howard Stern’s show last year when he was hawking his book.


    2. baileywalk
      June 20th, 2006 | 6:11 pm

      This is annoying on so many levels. Is the document real? Well, maybe. It is a good question of how they got it.

      But say it is real. So we’re supposed to be shocked that Mantle, who had a sense of humor, wrote something that is clearly meant as a joke? In this day and age, is this shocking?

      He was fooling around.

      How this ruins that he was an “all-American boy” escapes me. Especially since every woman and girl at the time was fantasizing about doing exactly what he writes about.

      By the way, it was a funny joke.

    3. rbj
      June 20th, 2006 | 6:22 pm

      1) It’s fake, but funny.
      2) It’s real, but Mickey was funning. funny
      3) It’s true. Funny.
      I’m sure it’s not the first time or the last time a ball player got some action at a park. Why do you think they work so hard to get where they are.

    4. Garcia
      June 20th, 2006 | 7:30 pm

      That’s great. I hope it’s true. Great that he was able to think “outside the box” and not hurt himself further by using hips.

    5. JohnnyC
      June 21st, 2006 | 11:08 am

      2 things.

      1) David Cone.

      2) Who cares?

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