Mickey Mantle Accomplishments

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The University of Oklahoma has long been a powerhouse for pumping out athletes, politicians, and other highly educated and gifted individuals. However, one in particular sticks out: Mickey Mantle. Mantle is possibly one of the most influential players in the Major League Baseball’s history. Because of his switch-hitting abilities and his outfielding skills, he was a most famed and renowned player in the world. He was on twelve World Series teams, seven of which he clinched the title along with his team. His athletic abilities were profound, and have long been unsurpassed and he had a passion for baseball that many lack.
Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma on October 20th, 1931. The majority of his life was spent in impoverished conditions, “with boxes
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His chosen vices inevitably shaved much of his future career off and put his health in jeopardy, but not before he had made a name for himself as one of the best players of Major League Baseball of all time. “He often joked following his career, ‘If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.’” (Newsmakers). Mantle had many amazing accomplishments - one of which being that he had almost become the first and only player to date to hit an out-of-the-park at Yankee Stadium; he also came within 6 home runs of beating Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in one season. Almost every year of his career, he led the league in home runs. Sadly, his career and life ultimately were cut short because of his lifestyle of drinking and partying His knees were almost completely shot from all of the time he had spent on the field. He soon died on August 13th of 1995 from a heart attack after having his liver replaced along with numerous other health problems. Mickey Mantle exemplified great athleticism in the game and will be remembered as one of the best

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