Mickey Mantle Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Died: August 13, 1995 in Dallas, Texas
Biography | show moreshow less
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)

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.

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

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