The one-hour HBO Sports special explores the life and career of one of baseball's most enduring icons, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle. August 13, 2005, marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Mickey Mantle, who lived a life as rich and extraordinary as a Hollywood script. Over the 18 seasons with the Bombers, despite constant nagging injuries, Mantle hit 536 home runs, twice hitting more than 50 in a season. He finished ten seasons with a batting average of .300 or more, and played in seven World Series. Today, "The Mick" remains the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history.
At the height of his career, Mantle was the toast of New York, yet behind his country charm and good looks there was a wayward lifestyle that harmed his marriage, his relationship with his four sons, and his health. In 1995, during a procedure to replace his damaged liver, he was discovered to have inoperable cancer. Mickey Mantle died a little more than two months later in Dallas..
Interviews for the special include Mantle's wife Merlyn, who still resides in Dallas, and their sons David and Danny Mantle; Billy Martin Jr., son of Mantle's teammate and close friend Billy Martin; broadcaster Bob Costas, who delivered the eulogy at Mantle's funeral; Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner; teammates Jim Bouton, Bobby Murcer and Phil Linz; and manager Ralph Houk.
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