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Mickey Mantle

6. Mickey Mantle

We liked the Commerce Comet because he could do it all. He could bunt for a hit or he could blast a baseball 565 feet. He could hit from both sides of the plate, run like a thoroughbred, play with pain and win the Triple Crown. Yet his passing was as memorable as his playing. Just before he died in 1995 from complications of liver cancer, Mantle made a very public penance for a life lived too hard with too many drinks. His last great play was to raise awareness for organ donation. It was then that we liked him best of all.

Photograph by Mark Kauffman

 
 
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