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One of the best Billy Martin stories ever, shared by none other than The Mick. Found it on Garlic Fries and Baseball Blog. Enjoy!

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If you watch the video on full screen there’s not a thing to prevent you from imagining you’re sitting right there as he tells his story.  Mickey Mantle was my teen-age heart throb and it never really went away.  Maybe it was that soft spoken southern drawl or maybe it was just his dang good looks.  But no matter, I wasn’t the only one.  Thousands became immediate fans of the shy, freckle-faced  baseball player from Oklahoma.   Here he tells an entertaining story about his friend, Billy Martin, that has very little to do with baseball! 

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  1. Well I am old enough to have grown up worshiping the Mick. He made me a Yankees fan while I was living in the DC area. Loved the Senators and went to plenty of their games, but good Lord, a child needed an actual team to root for as well! Anyone who hasn’t read Jane Leavy’s biography of #7 should do so; unsparing and honest but in the end sympathetic. Thanks for reblogging the video Bill!
    Mike

  2. How you could look up to a man who boasts about shooting a 20 year old mule through the neck is beyond me.

    I’m kidding, of course–I loved this. I had no idea the Mick was such an entertaining storyteller (although I hoped the story would somehow end with Billy Martin getting shot). Growing up, I’d heard of Mickey Mantle, but he was just a little before my time, and the big name coming out of New York was Reggie Jackson, ruiner of the 1977 World Series.

    • Yeah, Mantle was a bit before my time as well. But he sure does tell a great story. Ultimately, though, a sad, great, tragic figure.
      You know, you can still buy the wrapper from an original Reggie Bar on eBay. I was rooting for the Dodgers against them as well. Always rooted for the N.L. Mostly still do.
      Cheers, man.
      Bill

  3. Great story, thanks for sharing the video

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