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Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Mantle’s legacy

Yesterday was Mickey Mantle’s birthday. He would have been 79. Mantle, the glamorous power hitting centerfielder for the Yankees during the 1950s and early 1960s, remains my favorite ballplayer of all time. Despite his power, speed and skill, Mantle never played the role of superstar in the clubhouse. He made a deep impression on his […]

The Beautiful Difficulty

“Everything worthwhile, everything of any value, has its price.” — Loretta Young  No major-league player has ever hit a home run in five consecutive times at-bat. Johnny Blanchard may have come the closest. Blanchard, who died Wednesday at age 76, hit four in a row in July of 1961. The fifth time, he hit a […]