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Lot 200



Lot Number: 200

Description: Original telegram sent to the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. by Mickey Mantle c.1957. Very interesting five page document with hand written corrections sent by Mantle in response to an inquiry made regarding a proposed book on hitting. Mantle's reply is not only insightful but many times revealing regarding his true feelings towards hitting, baseball, and life in general. Excerpts include: "When the Hillerich & Bradsby people asked me to jot down a few ideas about "how to hit" I thought they were kidding. Now if it had been 'how to strikeout' I would have been the perfect authority.", "Before I got 'temperamental' according to the press I.d sneak off in some corner and cry. That's right, bawl like a baby. I'll never forget the time I fanned five straight times during a doubleheader in Boston.", "I'll also made the mistake of believing the write-ups. As a result, I over did it. Next thing I knew I was crippled all over and I'm not including that arrested case of osteomylitis on my shin.". Mantle concludes on the fifth page with the following, "The supreme thrill, of course, will be hitting 60 homers but again I say Ruth's record is one that I doubt will ever be broken. end Mantle". The book for which this piece was submitted was never completed and to our knowledge this text has not previously been published. Rare and substantive Mantle related document from the prime of his career. Includes letter of provenance from the Hillerich & Bradsby Co: EX

Estimated Price: ($2,500.00-$3,500.00)

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