To a kid growing up in the 60’s, Mickey Mantle, was … well … Mickey Mantle. To 4 country boys growing up, every available minute playing baseball, Mickey Mantle was … well, Mickey Mantle. I never heard of “The Mick” or “The Commerce Comet” until well after I was grown. He was … well, Mickey Mantle. He was on a short list that, years later, we could say, “People today just don’t realize how popular he really was.” How the greatest treasure we could imagine holding in our hands was his baseball card. Only in dreams we held his Rookie Card.
Writing totally from memory, today, 45 YEARS after he retired, I still remember: .298 lifetime average, 536 home runs, 1506 RBIs, 18-times All-Star. And, it is just a coincidence, but he wore my favorite number … 7.
I remember the look on my father’s face, the way he talked, the way he showed us his hand … after he had met, and shaken hands with, Mickey Mantle.
Much has been written about his final days. His honesty, his repentant heart, his heroism, and example touched a nation. Bob Costas, delivering the eulogy at Mickey Mantle’s funeral, said, “Our last memories of Mickey Mantle are as heroic as the first … Then, in the end, something remarkable happened … all of America watched in admiration … ”
We now share with you this rare interview with Bobby Richardson, from CBN.com … What I have heard for so many years, and many of you have heard, and many may already know, that, on his deathbed, Mickey Mantle accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Here is Bobby Richardson’s testimony about those days. Bobby Richardson, who played for the Yankees from 1955-1966, continued to be Mickey Mantle’s friend, and as Bobby Richardson says in this interview, “I wanted to be bold, because I wanted him to spend eternity with me in Heaven …”
You’ll hear Bobby Richardson’s memory of rushing to Baylor Medical Center, when Mickey Mantle told him, “I’ve accepted Christ as my Savior.”
This is such a rare video, that CBN.com does not allow certain pictures to be shown … so, as you watch, please stay with it … as the interview will continue, and the pictures will come back … Mickey Mantle. Thank you Bobby Richardson, and thank you, Jesus … for not giving up … on Mickey Mantle … Enjoy the interview:
Remember this quote from Casey Stengel?: “That boy hits baseballs over buildings. He runs as fast as Ty Cobb.”
Here’s a rare video interview of Mickey Mantle, which was featured on “The George Michael Sports Machine.” Enjoy:
Here now is the rare video of Bob Costa, delivering the eulogy, at Mickey Mantle’s funeral service. Many will be viewing this for the first time, and we have it just as it was televised live. After this remarkable, and most poignant eulogy, Roy Clark sings, as Mickey Mantle had requested, “Yesterday When I Was Young”:
Now, just for a special treat, here is a rare video of Mickey Mantle appearing on the television Game Show “Name’s The Same.” This is from May 26, 1953, only 2 years after his rookie season. Part of the show weekly show would feature a special guest, who shared with the guest panel, “Who I would like to be.” As was the case with many of those early game shows,
the panel had to guess the name of the person whom the guest would like to be. We all remember Mickey Mantle appearing on television shows over the years … I even remember an episode of “Bewitched,” in which the telephone rang, and it was Mickey Mantle, calling to ask if he could bat .600 … It made such an impression, it is evident I remember it to this day. Enjoy this rare video clip, featured on the Game Show Network (honestly, I have never watched the network, nor even remember the
show-way before my time) … but, I wanted to include this for its rarity, and a “remember when” … Enjoy, as Mickey Mantle, from 1953, shares, “Who’d I like to be:”
Hope you enjoyed the videos!
How times have changed … The money won from the “Name’s the Same” show went to the guest’s favorite charity … Did you see Mickey Mantle walking over at the end of the show to collect the checks … for 25.00 each …
To encourage you … Mickey Mantle was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. It received 88.2% of the vote. Somehow, that encourages me to do my best, and we won’t please everyone, will we? By the way, no one has ever been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with a unanimous vote. Which I think is the most unbelievable of any baseball stat.
I do watch one baseball game a year, the All-Star game. Have a blessed day!