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500 HOME RUN HITTERS - BASEBALL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HARMON KILLEBREW, WILLIE "STRETCH" McCOVEY, ERNIE "MR. CUB" BANKS, REGGIE "MR. OCTOBER" JACKSON, MIKE SCHMIDT, TED WILLIAMS, FRANK ROBINSON, HANK AARON, MICKEY MANTLE, EDDIE MATHEWS, WILLIE "SAY HEY KID" MAYS - HFSID 144935

 

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BASEBALL: 500 HOME RUN HITTERS
11 out of the 25 players who hit over 500 home runs during their career sign a baseball.
Official American League "Brown" Rawlings Baseball signed by 11 of the 25 players who hit over 500 home runs during their career: "Mickey Mantle" (536); "Ted Williams" (521); "Willie Mays" (660); "Ernie Banks" (512); "Harmon Killebrew" (573); "Mike Schmidt" (548); "Willie McCovey" (521); "Eddie Mathews" (512); "Frank Robinson" (586); "Reggie Jackson" (563) and "Hank Aaron" (755). There is room to add the signatures of Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Griffey, Jr., who have joined the 500 Club since this ball was signed. Four signers of this ball have died: Mantle (1995), Mathews (2001), Williams (2002) and Killebrew (2011). Fine condition. Presented in Gallery of History pedestal style: 16x7½x1 base, 3x3x3 display case.


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500 HOME RUN HITTERS   REGGIE JACKSON   MIKE SCHMIDT   TED WILLIAMS   FRANK ROBINSON   HANK AARON   MICKEY MANTLE   EDDIE MATHEWS   WILLIE MAYS   HARMON KILLEBREW   WILLIE McCOVEY   ERNIE BANKS  


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REGGIE JACKSON
Born: May 18, 1946 in Abington, Pennsylvania

Full name Reginald Martinez Jackson
Born May 18, 1946, Abington, Pennsylvania
First Game: June 9, 1967; Final Game: October 4, 1987
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 0" Weight: 195

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1993
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1973)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1973)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1973)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1973 and 1977)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1969, 1973, 1975 to 1976 and 1980)
Named designated hitter on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1980)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1982)
Named designated hitter on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1980)



Film Credits
2014 Henry & Me (in person), 2013 Piers Morgan Tonight (in person), 2012 Studio 42 with Bob Costas (in person), 2012 Legends: Oakland A's, the Forgotten Dynasty (in person), 2011-2013 Charlie Rose (in person), 2010-2013 Mike & Mike (in person), 2010-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010 30 for 30 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2009 Yankeeography (in person), 2009 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 The Bronx Is Burning (Other), 2007 MythBusters (Other), 2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (Other), 2006 The Benchwarmers (in person), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2006 Costas Now (in person), 2005 CMI: The Chris Myers Interview (in person), 2004-2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2004 Malcolm in the Middle (in person), 2004 2004 World Series (Other), 2003 Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the '70s (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2001 The Howard Stern Radio Show (in person), 2001 Howard Stern (in person), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (Other), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible (Other), 1999 Summer of Sam (in person), 1999 Suddenly Susan (in person), 1998 Jeopardy! (in person), 1998 BASEketball (in person), 1997 Bad Day on the Block (in person), 1994 The Greatest League Championship Series (in person), 1994 Ri¢hie Ri¢h (Performer), 1994 Baseball's Greatest Pennant Races (in person), 1993-2010 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1991 Blossom (in person), 1990 MacGyver (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (Performer), 1988 Greatest Sports Legends (in person), 1988 1988 American League Championship Series (in person), 1987 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1987 A's All Star Almanac (in person), 1986 1986 American League Championship Series (in person), 1985 The Jeffersons (in person), 1985 1985 World Series (in person), 1984 1984 National League Championship Series (in person), 1984 1984 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1983 1983 World Series (in person), 1982 Archie Bunker's Place (in person), 1982 1982 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1982 1982 American League Championship Series (in person), 1981 Reggie Jackson's Wide World of Sports (in person), 1981 1981 World Series (in person), 1981 1981 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1981 1981 American League Championship Series (in person), 1980 Diff'rent Strokes (Other), 1980 1980 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 American League Championship Series (in person), 1979 The Love Boat (in person), 1979 Kids Are People, Too (in person), 1979 Diff'rent Strokes (Performer), 1979 1979 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1978 The Barbara Wa_lters Summer Special (in person), 1978 The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards (in person), 1978 It Don't Come Easy: The 1978 NY Yankees (Other), 1978 Good Morning America (in person), 1978 1978 World Series Home Video: NY Yankees vs. LA Dodgers (in person), 1978 1978 American League Championship Series (in person), 1977 Szysznyk (in person), 1977 1977 World Series (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1977 1977 American League Championship Series (in person), 1976 Super Bowl (in person), 1976 1976 American League Championship Series (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1975 1975 American League Championship Series (in person), 1974 The Annual National Sports Awards (in person), 1974 1974 World Series (in person), 1974 1974 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 1974 American League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 World Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1973 1973 American League Championship Series (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 American League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 American League Championship Series (in person), 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


MIKE SCHMIDT
Born: September 27, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio

Full name Michael Jack Schmidt
Born September 27, 1949, Dayton, Ohio
First Game: September 12, 1972; Final Game: May 28, 1989
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 195

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1995
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1980 to 1981 and 1986)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1980 and 1986)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1980)
Named third baseman on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1974, 1976 to 1977, 1979 to 1984 and 1986)
Won NL Gold Glove as third baseman (1976 to 1984 and 1986)
Named third baseman on The Sporting News NL Silver Slugger Team (1980 to 1984 and 1986)



Film Credits
2013 Mike & Mike (Other), 2010-2013 Mike & Mike (in person), 2010 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 Cubs Forever: Celebrating 60 Years of WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 A Night at the Hot Corner (in person), 2006 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (Other), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2006 17th Annual American Century Championship (in person), 2005-2006 Costas Now (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2005 16th Annual American Century Championship (in person), 2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2002 The Tim McCarver Show (in person), 1996 1996 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1994 The Greatest League Championship Series (in person), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1987 1987 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1986 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1986 Centennial: Over 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Baseball (in person), 1986 1986 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1984 1984 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1983 1983 World Series (in person), 1983 1983 National League Championship Series (in person), 1983 1983 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1982 1982 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1981 Scholastic Sports Academy (in person), 1981 1981 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 World Series (in person), 1980 1980 National League Championship Series (in person), 1979 1979 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1978 1978 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 1977 National League Championship Series (in person), 1976 1976 National League Championship Series (in person), 1976 1976 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


TED WILLIAMS
Born: August 30, 1918 in San Diego, California
Died: July 5, 2002 in Inverness, Florida


Full name Theodore Samuel Williams
Born August 30, 1918, San Diego, California
Died July 5, 2002, Inverness, Florida
Frozen
First Game: April 20, 1939; Final Game: September 28, 1960
Managed First Game: April 7, 1969; Managed Final Game: October 4, 1972
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1966
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1946 and 1949)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1941 to 1942, 1947, 1949 and 1957)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1949 and 1957)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1939 to 1942, 1946 to 1949, 1951 and 1955 to 1958)



Film Credits
2010 The Golden Greek: The Harry Agganis Story (in person), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009 Ted Williams (Other), 2008 I Love the New Millennium (Other), 2006 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2004 Faith Rewarded: The Historic Season of the 2004 Boston Red Sox (Other), 2004 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2004 2004 World Series (Other), 2003 The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship (Other), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2001 Korean War Stories (in person), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (in person), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1999 1999 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1998 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Performer), 1994 Baseball (in person), 1993 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1992 When It Was a Game 2 (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (in person), 1990 The Howard Stern Show (in person), 1986 1986 World Series (in person), 1985 Greatest Sports Legends (in person), 1975 Ted Williams & The Atlantic Salmon (in person), 1974 The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams (in person), 1973 Sports Challenge (in person), 1972 Mulligan Stew (in person), 1971 The Red Fisher Show (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 Lineup for Today: Ted Williams and Friend (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 What's My Line (in person), 1954 The Jack Benny Program (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1953 The Joe DiMaggio Show (in person), 1953 1953 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1951 Ted Williams (in person), 1951 1951 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1950-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1950 1950 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1949 1949 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1947 Style of the Stars (in person), 1939 Touching All Bases (in person)


FRANK ROBINSON
Born: August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas

Full name Frank Robinson
Born August 31, 1935, Beaumont, Texas
First Game: April 17, 1956; Final Game: September 18, 1976
Managed First Game: April 8, 1975; Managed Final Game: October 1, 2006
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 183

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1982
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1961)
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1966)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1966)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1961)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1966)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1956)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1956)
Named AL Manager of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1989)
Named AL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News (1989)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1971)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1966)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1961 to 1962)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1966 to 1967)
Won NL Gold Glove as left fielder (1958)



Film Credits
2010-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2009 Ted Williams (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2005 Pardon the Interruption (in person), 2005 Costas Now (in person), 2003 Yes, Dear (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 The Last Season: The Life and Demolition of Baltimore's Memorial (Other), 2002 2002 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2000-2005 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 When It Was a Game 3 (in person), 2000 Sports Geniuses (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1997 Arli$$ (in person), 1997 1997 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1995 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (in person), 1993 1993 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Tiger Claws (Performer), 1991 The Cosby Show (Performer), 1990-2006 Sunday Night Baseball (in person), 1990 1990 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1976 Monday Night Baseball (in person), 1976 1976 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams (in person), 1974 1974 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 1974 American League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 World Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 American League Championship Series (in person), 1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1970 1970 World Series (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 American League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 World Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 American League Championship Series (in person), 1966 1966 World Series (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 The Lawbreakers (Other), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 What's My Line (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1951 Ford Star Revue (in person)


HANK AARON
Born: February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama

Full name Henry Louis Aaron
Born February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama
First Game: April 13, 1954;
Final Game: October 3, 1976
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
Brother of Tommie Aaron

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1982
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1957)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1956 and 1963)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1956 and 1958 to 1959)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1963, 1965, 1967 and 1969 to 1971)
Won NL Gold Glove as right fielder (1958 to 1960)

HANK AARON
This article was written by Bill Johnson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

"Henry Aaron in the second inning walked and scored. He's sittin' on 714. Here's the pitch by Downing. Swinging. There's a drive into left-center field! That ball is gonna be ... outta here! It's gone! It's 715! There's a new home run champion of all time, and it's Henry Aaron!"  - Milo Hamilton, April 8, 1974

With that swing of the bat, along with the 714 that preceded it, Hank Aaron not only passed Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball's career home run leader, but he also made a giant leap in the integration of the game and the nation. Aaron, an African-American, had broken a record set by the immortal Ruth, and not just any record, but the all-time major league home run record, and in doing so moved the game and the nation forward on the journey started by Jackie Robinson in 1947. By 1974 Aaron's baseball career was within three years of sunset, but the road he'd travelled to arrive at that spring evening in Atlanta had hardened and tempered him, perhaps irrevocably, in ways that only suffering can produce.  Aaron finally shrugged off the twin burdens of expectation and fear that evening, and few have ever stood taller.

Henry Louis Aaron was born February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama, to Herbert and Estella (Pritchett) Aaron. Among Henry's seven siblings was a brother, Tommie, who later played in parts of seven different seasons in the major leagues. For whatever such records are worth, the brothers still hold the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings, 768, with the elder Henry contributing 755 to Tommie's 13. They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates.


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Film Credits
2013 Conan (in person), 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2010-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010 Stand Up to Cancer (in person), 2009 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 Bigger Stronger Faster* (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2006 Costas Now (Other), 2005-2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2003 Pete Rose on Trial (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 Jim Brown: All American (in person), 2002 Futurama (in person), 2002 2002 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2001 Summer Catch (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 When It Was a Game 3 (in person), 2000 2000 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (in person), 1997 Arli$$ (in person), 1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Other), 1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (in person), 1992 When It Was a Game 2 (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1992 Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary (in person), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Baseball's Record Breakers (in person), 1991 Baseball's Greatest Moments (in person), 1991 1991 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1990 Night of 100 Stars III (in person), 1989 The Arsenio Hall Show (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1987 The Incredible Ida Early (in person), 1987 MacGyver (in person), 1986 Liberty Weekend (in person), 1983 1983 Cracker Jack Oldtimer's Baseball Classic (in person), 1982-1986 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1980 Happy Days (in person), 1978 Good Morning America (in person), 1977 The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry! (in person), 1977 Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala (in person), 1975 Tony Orlando and Dawn (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (in person), 1974 Dinah! (in person), 1974 1974 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1973 Flip (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1957 Captain Kangaroo (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956-1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


MICKEY MANTLE
Born: October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Died: August 13, 1995 in Dallas, Texas


Full name Mickey Charles Mantle
Born October 20, 1931, Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Died August 13, 1995, Dallas, Texas
Buried at Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas (Mausoleum-St. Mark NE-N-C-13-A)
First Game: April 17, 1951; Final Game: September 28, 1968
Bat: Both Throw: Right Height: 5' 11.5" Weight: 195

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1974
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1956 to 1957 and 1962)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1956)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1956 and 1962)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1952 and 1956 to 1957)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1961 to 1962 and 1964)
Won AL Gold Glove as outfielder (1962)


MICKEY MANTLE
This article was written by James Lincoln Ray and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Even before he was born into this world, Mickey Mantle was being prepared for life as a future big-league baseball player. His father, Elvin "Mutt" Mantle, a former semipro player and a lifelong baseball fanatic, proclaimed that if his first child turned out to be a boy, he would name him Mickey, in honor Mickey Cochrane, who was the best catcher in baseball at the time.

And so, when Mutt's wife, Lovell, delivered a boy on October 20, 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, they named the little slugger-to-be Mickey Charles Mantle. What the elder Mantle didn't know at the time was that Cochrane's actual first name was Gordon, and Mickey was just a nickname. Years later, the younger Mantle expressed relief that his father had not known Cochrane's true first name, saying derisively, "I would have hated to be named Gordon."i

By the time Mickey was 3 years old, the country was mired in the Great Depression. Like so many other able-bodied men, Mutt Mantle found himself unemployed and nearly broke when he moved the family to Commerce, Oklahoma, in 1934. Mutt had been lucky enough to land a job working in the Eagle-Picher company's lead and zinc mines. The work was exhausting, dirty, and dangerous. Those who worked for many years at the plant were at risk for lung disease, heart ailments, and cancer. In fact, cancer had been the grim reaper of the Mantle family, claiming among others, Mickey's uncle, his grandfather, and a couple of other relatives, all in their 40s or younger.


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Film Credits
2012 10 Things You Don't Know About (Other), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2010 30 for 30 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009 Rescue Me (Other), 2008 The O'Reilly Factor (Other), 2008 Bigger Stronger Faster* (Other), 2006 Costas Now (Other), 2005 Mantle (Other), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2003 ESPN SportsCentury (Other), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2001 The Greatest Summer of My Life: Billy Crystal and the Making of (Other), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (Other), 2000 Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter (Other), 1998 Race for the Record (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1992 Diamonds on the Silver Screen (in person), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Baseball's Official Ballpark Bloopers (in person), 1990 The Arsenio Hall Show (in person), 1990 Richard Lewis: I'm Doomed (in person), 1990 Baseball's Greatest Hits (in person), 1989 There Really Is a Santa Claus (in person), 1989 The Pat Sajak Show (in person), 1989 The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1989 Later with Bob Costas (in person), 1987 New York Yankees The Movie (in person), 1986 Pinstripe Power: The Story of the 1961 New York Yankees (Other), 1986 Baseball Tips for Kids of All Ages (in person), 1985 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1984 Remington Steele (in person), 1983 Tom Cottle: Up Close (in person), 1980 The White Shadow (in person), 1980 It's My Turn (in person), 1980 Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the (Other), 1975-1976 The Way It Was (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1971 Hee Haw (in person), 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (in person), 1970 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1970 1970 World Series (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1969 The Joe Namath Show (in person), 1969 Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America (Other), 1969 1969 World Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 The Match Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 Today (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 1962 Safe at Home! (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1960 Candid Camera (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person), 1958 Omnibus (in person), 1958 Damn Yankees! (Other), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1956 The Bob Hope Show (in person), 1956 1956 World Series (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 World Series (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1953 What's My Line (in person), 1953 The Name's the Same (in person), 1953 The Jackie Gleason Show (in person), 1953 The Arthur Murray Party (in person), 1953 1953 World Series (in person), 1953 1953 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1952-1963 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1952 The Winning Team (Other), 1952 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1952 1952 World Series (in person), 1951 1951 World Series (in person)


EDDIE MATHEWS
Born: October 13, 1931 in Texarkana, Texas
Died: February 18, 2001 in La Jolla, California


Full name Edwin Lee Mathews
Born October 13, 1931, Texarkana, Texas
Died February 18, 2001, La Jolla, California
Buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California (Ocean View Triangle, Lot 151, South Half Quadrant, Grave 5)
First Game: April 15, 1952; Final Game: September 27, 1968
Managed First Game: August 7, 1972; Managed Final Game: July 21, 1974
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1978
Named third baseman on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1955, 1957 and 1959 to 1960)

EDDIE MATHEWS
This article was written by David Fleitz and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Eddie Mathews played in only 31 games for the Tigers in 1968, batting .212 with three home runs, but his contribution to that championship season far outweighed his statistics. Mathews, who arrived in Detroit in 1967 after a long and illustrious career in the National League, had led the Milwaukee Braves to two pennants and the 1957 World Series title. This respected veteran provided a much-needed dose of leadership to the Tigers, only a handful of whom had ever played in a Series. When Mathews retired as a player after the 1968 World Series, he stood in sixth place on baseball's career home run list with 512 and held the all-time record for games played by a third baseman. Ten years later, he became the first member of the 1968 championship team to gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Edwin Lee Mathews Jr. was born in Texarkana, Texas, on October 13, 1931. His parents moved the family to Santa Barbara, California, four years later. Eddie inherited a passion for baseball from his father, a Western Union telegraph operator and former semipro athlete, though his mother participated as well. "My mother used to pitch to me, and my father would shag balls," he recalled many years later. "If I hit one up the middle close to my mother, I'd have some extra chores to do. My mother was instrumental in making me a pull hitter."

He excelled in football and baseball at Santa Barbara High and received college scholarship offers in football, but his prowess as a third baseman and a left-handed hitter stamped him as one of the most sought-after baseball prospects in the nation. Eddie and his parents weighed offers from several major league teams during his senior year. Mathews' autobiography explains how the rules then stated a player could not be signed until he graduated from high school. To be safe, Eddie and Boston Braves scout Johnny Moore waited until midnight on the night of his graduation in June 1949 and signed the contract a few minutes after midnight. Mathews got a $6,000 bonus. Several other teams had offered more money, but Eddie and his father had studied major league rosters and determined that the Braves, with aging third baseman Bob Elliott, would likely have an opening at that position a few years down the road.


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2010-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (in person), 1978 1978 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (in person), 1968 1968 World Series (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1953 1953 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


WILLIE MAYS
Born: May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama

Baseball Career:
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10.5" Weight: 170
First Game: May 25, 1951 ; Final Game: September 9, 1973

Awards and Achievements:
Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1979
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1954 and 1965)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954 and 1965)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1951)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1951)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1963 and 1968)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1954 and 1957 to 1960)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966)
Won Major League Gold Glove as center fielder (1957)
Won NL Gold Glove as center fielder (1958 to 1960)
Won NL Gold Glove as outfielder (1961 to 1968)


Full name Willie Howard Mays
Born May 6, 1931, Westfield, Alabama
First Game: May 25, 1951; Final Game: September 9, 1973
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10.5" Weight: 170

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1979
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1954 and 1965)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954 and 1965)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1951)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1951)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1963 and 1968)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1954 and 1957 to 1960)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966)
Won Major League Gold Glove as center fielder (1957)
Won NL Gold Glove as center fielder (1958 to 1960)
Won NL Gold Glove as outfielder (1961 to 1968)

WILLIE MAYS
This article was written by John Saccoman and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

If somebody came up and hit .450, stole 100 bases, and performed a miracle in the field every day, I'd still look you right in the eye and tell you that Willie was better. He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. And he had the other magic ingredient that turns a superstar into a super Superstar. Charisma. He lit up a room when he came in. He was a joy to be around.
--Leo Durocher, Mays's first manager, Nice Guys Finish Last

Many contemporaries agree with Leo Durocher's assessment of Willie Mays as the best all-around player in baseball history. Monte Irvin, Willie's roommate in his early days with the Giants, said, "I think anybody who saw him will tell you that Mays is the greatest ballplayer that ever lived." Stan Musial, Mays's fellow 1950s immortal, echoes these sentiments, saying, "Willie ranks with DiMaggio as the best I ever saw. He's the perfect ballplayer too. Mays can beat a club with his bat, his glove, his arm and his legs."

In baseball's never ending attempts to somehow order its gods, Mays is the only contender whose proponents rarely use statistics to make their case. It is as if Mays's 660 home runs and 3,283 base hits somehow sell the man short, that his wonderful playing record is almost beside the point. With Mays it is not merely what he did -- but how he did it. He scored more than 2,000 runs, nearly all of them, it would seem, after losing his cap flying around third base. He is credited with more than 7000 outfield putouts, most exciting, some spectacular, a few breathtaking. How do you measure that? An artist and a genius, for most of his 23 seasons in the big leagues, you simply could not keep your eyes off Willie Mays.

The great ballplayer's father, William Howard Mays, was named after William Howard Taft, who was the United States president when he was born in 1912. The elder Mays worked in the steel mills of Westfield, Alabama, outside Birmingham. Nicknamed "Kitty-Kat" or "Cat," he was a semipro baseball player for the Westfield entry in the Tennessee Coal and Iron League. Cat's father, Willie's grand-father, Walter Mays, was a sharecropper and pitcher. Cat's wife, the former Anna Sattlewhite, was a high school track star. Willie once wrote, "[She] held a couple of women's track records in that part of the country."


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Film Credits
2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (in person), 2010 Charlie Rose (in person), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 2007 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American (in person), 2006 Costas Now (in person), 2005 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (Other), 2003 The Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2003 ESPN SportsCentury (Other), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 Michael Jordan to the Max (in person), 2000 Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter (in person), 2000 Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (in person), 1999 Summer of Sam (Other), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1997 The Fifties (Other), 1993 Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 (in person), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1992 Malcolm X (Other), 1992 1992 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 This Week in Baseball's Greatest Plays (in person), 1990 The Golden Decade of Baseball (in person), 1990 Baseball's Greatest Hits (in person), 1989 My Two Dads (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1987 A Giants History: The Tale of Two Cities (in person), 1985 When Nature Calls (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974-1976 The Way It Was (in person), 1974 Today (in person), 1974 Dinah! (in person), 1973 1973 World Series (in person), 1973 1973 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 National League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 Della (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1969 The Joe Namath Show (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 All-Star Benefit Celebrity Baseball Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 Bewitched (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965-1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964-1967 The Hollywood Palace (in person), 1964-1966 The Donna Reed Show (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 A Man Named Mays (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1960 World Wide '60 (Other), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1958 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 The NBC Comedy Hour (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955-1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954-1962 What's My Line (in person), 1954 Tonight! (in person), 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Sound), 1954 1954 World Series (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1951 1951 World Series (in person)


HARMON KILLEBREW
Born: June 29, 1936 in Payette, Idaho
Died: May 17, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona


Full name Harmon Clayton Killebrew
Born June 29, 1936, Payette, Idaho
Died May 17, 2011, Scottsdale, Arizona
Buried at Riverside Cemetery, Payette, Idaho
First Game: June 23, 1954; Final Game: September 26, 1975
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 195

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1984
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1969)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1969 to 1970)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1967)
Named third baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1969 to 1970)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1964)



Film Credits
2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2005 Kent Hrbek Outdoors (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2003 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1995 Step by Step (in person), 1990 Pastime (Performer), 1985 1985 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 American League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 American League Championship Series (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 All-Star Benefit Celebrity Baseball Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 World Series (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person)


WILLIE McCOVEY
Born: January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama

Full name Willie Lee McCovey
Born January 10, 1938, Mobile, Alabama
First Game: July 30, 1959; Final Game: July 6, 1980
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 4" Weight: 198

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1986
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1969)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1969)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1969)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1959)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1959)
Named NL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1977)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1969)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1965 and 1968 to 1970)



Film Credits
2010-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1987 A Giants History: The Tale of Two Cities (in person), 1984 1984 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 This Is Your Life (in person), 1971 1971 National League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 All-Star Benefit Celebrity Baseball Game (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person)


ERNIE BANKS
Born: January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas
Died: January 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois


Full name Ernest Banks
Born January 31, 1931, Dallas, Texas
First Game: September 17, 1953; Final Game: September 26, 1971
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Uncle of Bob Johnson

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1977
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1958 to 1959)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1958 to 1959)
Named shortstop on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1955 and 1958 to 1960)
Won NL Gold Glove as shortstop (1960)



Film Credits
2012 Goose (in person), 2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2009 We Believe (in person), 2009 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 Diminished Capacity (in person), 2008 Cubs Forever: Celebrating 60 Years of WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs (in person), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs (Other), 2006 Roman (Performer), 2006 Jimmy Buffett: Live at Wrigley Field - The Labor Day Weekend Shows (in person), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines: First Report (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2005 The History Makers (in person), 2005 Reversal of Misfortune (Performer), 2005 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (in person), 2004/I Promised Land (Performer), 2004 Whose Curse Is Worse: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial (in person), 2004 The Sports List (in person), 2003 Yes, Dear (in person), 2003 Malibooty! (Performer), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 Sports Geniuses (in person), 2000 Finding Buck McHenry (Performer), 2000 Arli$$ (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1993 Where I Live (Performer), 1993 Married with Children (in person), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1991 The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (in person), 1990 Pastime (Performer), 1990 1990 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1989 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1987 Isabel's Honeymoon Hotel (Performer), 1985 Greats of the Game (in person), 1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Performer), 1983 1983 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1978 Blackjack (Performer), 1977 Insight (Performer), 1974 King of the Hill (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 The Shooting of Dan McGrew (Performer), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


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