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Mickey Mantle - Role of Alcohol in the Life of The Baseball Legend

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

MANTLE SWINGING BAT

SWITCH HITTER MICKEY MANTLE - BASEBALL LEGEND OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES

Mickey Mantle is among the greatest baseball players of all time. As a 20-time MLB All-Star, 3-time American League MVP and 7-time World Series Champion, his astounding performance remains a source of inspiration for sports fans across the globe. While loyal fans may be able to recite Mantle’s stats as a New York Yankee from 1951 through 1968, they may not be aware of his lifelong abuse of alcohol.

In a 1994 interview with Sports Illustrated, ‘The Mick’ recounted the history of his drinking habits, how it evolved over the years and his regret for the negative impact it had on his life. The resulting article and various biographies and memoirs document the significant role that alcohol played in Mantle’s life throughout his lifetime.

Camaraderie

Although Mantle had come to the Yankees as a shy, country boy, he became accustomed to life in the big city with the help of his constant companion, Yankees’ second baseman Billy Martin. After the first few drinks, Mantle would be happy and generous, giving autographs and having fun. But, after a few more, Mantle’s gentle disposition transformed to one of a crude loudmouth. Worse yet, he’d wake up the next morning with no memory of the previous nights’ events.

Mickey Mantle

KNOWN FOR HIS BRIGHT SMILE & MAN'S MAN PERSONA BASEBALL LEGEND MICKEY MANTLE

Mantle developed a tolerance for alcohol that enabled him to drink all night and still give his top performance on the field. There are many famous accounts of the barroom antics shared by Mantle and Martin throughout their baseball careers.

Wallowing in Grief

No person had more influence over Mickey Mantle than his father “Mutt” Mantle. He spent his weekends and spare time working with young Mickey, teaching him how to play baseball. Mutt dreamed that his son would one day become the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. The bond they shared was palpable, although it remained unspoken.

MICKEY MANTLE

HIGHLY SKILLED OUTFIELDER FOR THE NEW YORK YANKEES - MICKEY MANTLE

Shortly after Mantle began playing for the Yankees Mutt Mantle died of Hodgkin's disease at age 39. It was this devastating loss that marked the beginning of Mantle’s alcohol abuse.

The Mantle Curse

While Mickey Mantle faced the loss of his father, he became overwhelmed by the fact that cancer had claimed the lives of his grandfather and two uncles at an early age. He used this “Mantle Curse” as a justification for his self-destructive lifestyle. He was convinced that he too would die young.

In reality, Mantle cursed his immediate family with his alcoholism. His wife and three sons all were treated for alcoholism. At the time, he was unaware of the power of his example. It was not until he had gone through recovery that he accepted responsibility for the negative impact he had on their lives.

MANTLE FAMILY

BASEBALL LEGEND MICKEY MANTLE WITH HIS WIFE MERLYN AND THEIR FOUR SONS - MICKEY LET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM DOWN

Filling the Gap

After retiring from Major League Baseball at age 37, Mantle had difficulty adjusting. In the absence of the game’s excitement and the lifestyle he had enjoyed left him feeling depressed and alone. While continuing to drink heavily, he tried one venture after another with little success. It wasn’t until he became enthralled with the sports-memorabilia business that he felt his life had purpose.  His restaurant in Central Park South in New York City was also a success.

Hitting Bottom

After 42 years of alcohol abuse, Mantle hit rock bottom. He was diagnosed with hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and liver cancer.  On January 7, 1994, he checked into the Betty Ford Clinic where he stayed for 32 days. Although he emerged a changed man, full of regret and dedicated to warning others to avoid his mistakes, his epiphany had come too late.

MICKEY MANTLE

FROM SMALL TOWN OKLAHOMA TO LIFE AS A SPORTS HERO  MICKEY MANTLE

On May 28, 1995, Mantle was admitted to Baylor Hospital and discovered that he required a liver transplant. The fact that a liver was made available to him a mere 11 days later sparked quite a bit of public outrage, though the hospital insisted that no special arrangements had been made. During the surgery, the doctors saw that the cancer had spread throughout his body. Mickey Mantle passed away two months later, on August 13, 1995 at age 63.

Mickey Mantle signed photographFROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION - A SIGNED 11 X14 STUNNINGLY FRAMED SHOT OF MICKEY MANTLE IMMEDIATELY FOLLLOWING HIS OVERWHELMING 1956 TRIPLE CROWN SEASON

Mickey Mantle was survived by his wife Merlyn and three of their four sons. On March 12, 1994, the year before Mickey died, their third son, Billy, died of heart problems connected to Hodgkin's disease. On December 20, 2000, Mickey Jr. died of liver cancer. Merlyn died of Alzheimer's disease on August 10, 2009. Danny, who battled prostate cancer, and David have been very active in the Mickey Mantle Foundation promoting the importance of organ donations.

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HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid historian and collector for much of his life. His extensive collection is known throughout the world. The knowledge he has acquired has been called upon by the highest industry and government officials. Mr. Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics of international importance. Several of the items from this Collection will be sold by RRAUCTION.COM on September 17-18, 2014, live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Serious collectors who would like to discuss these or other museum quality historically significant items are invited to contact Mr. Amyx for a confidential discussion.

 

 

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: Babe's Dramatic Life And Legacy

Posted by Ryan Wright on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

The front pages of the 1930's often bore ominous, depressing headlines. The economic policies of Hoover and FDR dominated the public’s concerns at the time, as America redefined its identity in terms of how to create the most favorable conditions for prosperity. Many people found themselves either jobless or taking manual labor jobs, if not homeless altogether. Families had to move out of their homes and farms and go out West and elsewhere, in search for a better life. After the stock market crash of 1929 left so many with little money, most people had to find happiness in the simple things such as movies, board games, and parlor games. Dancing to the big bands and gathering around the radio to hear Yankee games and Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, people looked for inspiration and hope wherever they could find it. Out-of-work Americans, with more time on their hands, used sports to help fill the long, empty hours.

babe didrikson at a golf tournamentA WORLD-CLASS GOLFER - THE CHARISMATIC MILDRED 'BABE' DIDRIKSON

Many memorable athletes provided such inspiration and motivation for the downtrodden in America, such as baseball player Joe DiMaggio, boxer Joe Louis, and golfer Bobby Jones. But one player in particular, an almost-forgotten athletic superstar, made a name for herself in the Olympic Trials in the 1930’s, and then went on to dominate nearly every sport in which she competed, concentrating on golf in the 1940’s and 1950’s. At a time when opportunities for women to play sports were few, and the contemporary attitude towards a strong, aggressive female athlete was essential rejecting, Mildred ‘Babe’ Didrikson provided inspiration for both women and athletes at a time when so many needed her courage.

babe didrickson hurdlesIN FIRST PLACE AGAIN: BABE DIDRIKSON DEMONSTRATES HER INTENSE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IN THE 1932 OLYMPICS

Born June 26th, 1911 in Beaumont, Texas, she grew up playing childhood baseball, having tremendous natural talent, to which she later added rigorous practice and repetition, often late into the evening. As a child and teenager, she excelled in baseball, basketball, and sewing. Excelling first as a track and field athlete, she would later go on to win the South Texas State Fair sewing championship in Beaumont in 1931, and lead an amateur basketball team for a Dallas company to a championship that same year. A mere three years after she began practicing golf, with no prior training or experience playing the game, she became a professional golfer in 1935 at the young age of 24. Denied amateur status in the early 1930’s, she boldly competed in the 1938 Men’s Los Angeles Open, which put her on track to become America’s first female golf celebrity of the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Babe Didrikson throwing a javelinBABE DIDRIKSON EARNING ONE OF HER MULTIPLE MEDALS IN THE 1932 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS

Her remarkable accomplishments, too many to list here, border on the athletic prowess of Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, and even Michael Jordan. A few of her feats are noteworthy here. Representing the Employer’s Casualty Insurance Company of Dallas in the 1932 AAU Championships, she competed in eight out of ten events as a one-woman team. She won five outright and tied for a sixth, setting five world records in the following events: the javelin throw, 80-meter hurdles, the high hump, and baseball throw, all in a single afternoon, no less. In golf, she ended up winning 17 straight women's amateur victories, a feat still not equaled by anyone. By 1950, she had won every golf title available. Totaling both her amateur and professional victories, Zaharias won a total of 82 golf tournaments. And last but not least, she became the fastest LPGA golfer to reach 10 wins. This she did in a mere one year and 20 days, a record that still stands as of 2012.

A stout and bold woman, she asserted her prowess on the field and never let anyone intimidate her. She broke the accepted models of femininity in her age, including those of female athleticism. Not only physically strong, she was socially straightforward about her strength. Although derided by her ‘manliness’ at the time, Babe Didrikson’s astonishing record was is just as much an inspiration today as it was back then.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias signed photo A RARE INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF BABE DIDRIKSON - THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE IN HISTORY

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BABE DIDRIKSON - GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE 1900 TO 1950

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:40 AM

ARGUABLY THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE

IN AMERICAN HISTORY - BABE DIDRIKSON 

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Babe Didrikson (1914-1956) – Shown above is an approximate 7" x 8" sepia-tone image of Babe Didrikson, showing off in front of reporters - probably in St. Petersburg. Florida. With a fountain pen, Babe inscribed the photo to a sports writer she knew well...

“Keith – I didn’t really climb it! Love, Babe Didrikson”.

A superior athlete and performer,  who first gained International notoriety as a Multiple Gold Medal Champion in 1932. Babe Didrikson's  many athletic achievements included, All-American basketball player, swimming, diving and billiard champion. Babe later took up golf and within a few years became the Worlds Leading Golfer - including the unbelievable achievement of 17 consecutive Golf Victories in 1947. To say that Babe Didrikson was a character would be a total understatement. More than once, she would enter the Professional Golfers ladies locker room, just before a Professional tournament began - walk through the locker room door and state...

“Good Morning, Ladies, the Babe is here! Who is Coming in Second?”

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 Babe Didrikson also won the 1948, 1950 and 1954 US Women’s Open and was the Leading Money Winner 4 consecutive years (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951). At an early age, Babe was stricken with a severe form of Colon Cancer. Didrikson then underwent aggressive surgery. She fought hard to recuperate. Somehow the Great Babe Didrikson fought back to win the 1954 US Open. But sadly, the Cancer recurred, and she suffered greatly. Babe was then to engage in her Last competitive battle. She passed away at the age of only 45. Her friend, Keith Quick, to whom the above piece is inscribed and autographed was nearby. There will Never Be Another Babe Didrikson. She was one of a kind!

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BABE DIDRIKSON - THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Currently this splendid autographed example is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future it may very well be shared with another noted collector.

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PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH - TED WILLIAMS - JOE DIMAGGIO - 1991

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 @ 04:01 PM

Baseball Signed By George Bush, Ted Williams & Joe Dimaggio
YES, THIS IS ONLY ONE BASEBALL  
BUT SIGNED BY THREE GREATS - PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W.  BUSH - TED WILLIAMS - JOE DIMAGGIO


President Bush at the White House with Ted Williams & Joe Dimaggio

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH - TED WILLIAMS - JOE DIMAGGIO - 1941 TO 1991  THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

President George Bush – (1989-1993), a Devoted Sports Fan, Invited Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999) and Ted Williams (1918-2002) to The White House on July 9, 1991. The President’s Intention was to Honor these Legendary Baseball Players for their Stellar Achievements during the Pre-World War II 1941 Season. And in addition to that The President had something even more important to share with these Super Stars.
Ted Williams & Joe Dimaggio
TWO GREATS - TED WILLIAMS & JOE DIMAGGIO
Joe DiMaggio Hit in 56 Consecutive Games and the Incredible Ted Williams hit .406 - during the Incredible 1941 baseball season. No professional Baseball Players, in 60 Years, have come Remotely Close to Breaking Either of these Seemingly Unobtainable Records. On a Single Baseball, Illustrated above, and showing All Three Historic Figures, is the Signature of the President George Bush dated 7-9-1991. On the Sweet Spot is the Signature of Ted “The Splinter” Williams and on Another Panel is the Signature of “Jolten” Joe DiMaggio.
George Bush Captain of Yale Baseball

GEORGE BUSH - CAPTAIN OF THE YALE BASEBALL TEAM AND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The Major League Baseball (Pictured at top), was Signed at The White House by All Three Greats, with this being the Only Baseball Actually Dated by President George Bush, on that Historic Day of July 9, 1991.

The person that made this possible to be in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, had close daily contact with the Oval Office. The Trio Baseball was presented to Mr. Amyx not long after this important 50th Anniversary meeting. The next day, The President awarded both Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio,  America's highest civilian honor - The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Soon this important piece of American and baseball history, may be made available to another noted collector - in that it has now been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx for two decades.

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ASSASSINATION OF JFK ON 11- 22-63 - FLAG THAT FLEW OVER WHITE HOUSE

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 @ 01:17 PM

At last the location of the Official American Flag that flew over The White House on the Day that President John F. Kennedy was Assassinated has been officially located.  Over 25 years ago, it was presented to The Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx Collection AKA The American Heritage Collection, by the White House Doorman  - Preston Bruce.  Impeccable Provenance accompanies this November 22, 1963 Official American Assassination Flag - An Historic American Relic of the Highest Magnitude.

BELOW IS THE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG OF NOVEMBER 22, 1963 - AS REMOVED BY THE WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - PRESTON BRUCE

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In the Historic Photograph featured below is Preston Bruce, White House Doorman, who served at The Executive Mansion from 1953 to 1977.  In the capacity of White House Doorman, Mr. Bruce, (the Epitome of what a Gentleman is), was in close proximity to the Oval Office while he served Presidents - Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon & Ford.

PRESTON BRUCE - WHITE HOUSE DOORMANWHITE HOUSE DOORMAN PRESTON BRUCE IN FRONT OF EXECUTIVE MANSION MANTLE - THIS PHOTOGRAPH HAS BEEN APPROPRIATELY INSCRIBED FOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

The elegant Preston Bruce is shown standing, dressed in his Tuxedo, in front of a Marble Mantle in The White House; in a photograph which he has personally inscribed to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.  The Official Mourning Flag that flew over the White House - and at Half-Staff -  that dreaded November Day is approximately 5' x 9.5'.

ASSASINATION FLAG NOVEMBER 22,1963 WHITE HOUSETHE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG - AT HALF-STAFF - THAT FLEW OVER THE WHITE HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963

We also show the Official American Mourning Flag as it flies directly above The White House on November 22, 1963.  This Flag actually flew at Half-Staff, above The White House, from November 19th to December 8, 1963.  This would have covered part of the Official Mourning Period of 30 Days for President John F. Kennedy...... and there was only one other Official Flag that flew over The Executive Mansion continuously during the 30 Day Official Mourning Period.  The second Official Flag is thought to be in the John F. Kennedy Library as Mr. Bruce believed that the second one was  presented to the President's Widow, Jacqueline B. Kennedy. Preston Bruce was also, with others, standing behind the Kennedy Family at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25th 1963  - The Day that The President was laid to rest. Of course, Mr. Bruce was also one of the Kennedy Family Invited Attendees at the Funeral Service of The President at St. Matthews Cathedral earlier that Dreadful Day.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is also shown above, with Preston Bruce in 1983, as he was presented The Official White House Flag of November 22, 1963. Mr. Bruce stated that following the Assassination of The President other members of the Kennedy family received a so-called "Official Flag" that was actually run up and down another flagpole, at another location at The White House. However, they would in no way have the early White House Documentation that accompanies this Official Flag. There is also another Special piece of White House Documentation that is not being shared here.

PROVENANCE LETTER REFERENCE ASSASSINATION FLAG JFKHISTORIC LETTER OF IMPECCABLE PROVENANCE - WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG OF NOVEMBER 22, 1963 - FROM WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN PRESTON BRUCE TO HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX


In the detailed full-page Letter of Provenance, addressed to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, after Amyx and Mr. Bruce developed a close relationship, Preston Bruce states, in complete detail, many important facts of pertinent History.  Mr. Bruce explains his relationship with the President as well as specifics about the above Official White House Mourning Flag. Preston Bruce describes the Mourning Flag as faded some and torn at the corners.  Further, he states that he had written in ink on the White House Flag canvas edge ......" Preston Bruce, White House Doorman.... November 19, 63 - Rec. Dec. 8/63"......the exact dates this Official Mourning Flag flew over The White House. Also, Mr. Bruce wrote.... "Preston Bruce--White House Doorman, 53 - 77 (White House Service Years of Mr. Bruce), 19th NOV.  63 -- J.F.K."...... At the moment the above Official Assassination Flag was dropped to half-staff, following the sudden radio announcement of the Death of The President, Mr. Amyx was standing on the sidewalk outside The White House.  He stood staring straight at the American Flag, as it was sadly lowered to half-staff, as well as directly at the Executive Mansion.  Limousines began to turn into the White House front gate.....arriving from Congressional Leadership Offices.  Many sad days would follow.....far too extreme and painful to adequately describe within this detailed text.

PRESTON BRUCE WITH NOVEMBER 22, 1963 OFFICAL WHITE HOUSE FLAGPRESTON BRUCE - WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - WITH OFFICIAL MOURNING FLAG THAT FLEW OVER THE WHITE HOUSE FROM NOVEMBER 22,1963 TO DECEMBER 8, 1963

CANVAS FLAG EDGE WITH ASSASSINATION NOTES OF PRESTON BRUCETHE CANVAS EDGE OF THE OFFICIAL JFK WHITE HOUSE MOURNING FLAG WHERE THE WHITE HOUSE DOORMAN - PRESTON BRUCE - MADE HIS OFFICIAL NOTES OF PROVENANCE IN 1963

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