- n. A popular hero and champion in a field.
“Louis had to add in his head the homers the players had hit so far this season to the totals on the cards, which meant that Mickey Mantle had 345 instead of 320, Roger Maris had 136 instead of 109, Yogi Berra had—”
“In a span of five years the Yankees lost second baseman Bobby Richardson, shortstop Tony Kubek, pitcher Whitey Ford, and center fielder Mickey Mantle to retirement.”
“—Howard Cosell, after the commissioner suspended Mays and later Mickey Mantle from baseball for working for a New Jersey casino”
“That means that if Roger Maris or Mickey Mantle hit their sixty-first home run in the one hundred fifty-fifth game of the season, their name will have an asterisk in the record book.”
“He wanted to tell the story of how he had actually spoken to Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris—and, best of all, how Mr. Houk had asked him, Louis May, to be a batboy for the New York Yankees.”
“He knew which card he should choose—the Topps Mickey Mantle card from 1952 was already considered the most valuable card for any player who had been on the field since the Second World War.”
“On April 27, less than a mile from besieged Columbia University, Mickey Mantle hit his 521st home run against the Detroit Tigers, tying Ted Williams for fourth place in career home runs.”
“It was kind of a funny question when you thought about it … would Mickey Mantle hit as many home runs if his name were Louis May?”
“Names like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, Maris now traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, were still popping up, names that belonged to another age, before there were the sixties, before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, when most Americans had never heard of a place called Vietnam.”
““We sure did, William,” Mickey Mantle answered enthusiastically.”
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