Dallas, Texas (JFK+50) Mickey Mantle*, former center fielder for the champion New York Yankees baseball club, died at Baylor University Hospital twenty years ago today, August 13, 1995, of complications of liver cancer.
The switch-hitting Mantle wore number 7 and played center field most of his career. Mickey was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot in 1974.
In an interview with Bob Costas being telecast today on MLB Network, Mickey's son David Mantle says...
"Being around him...you see...the fans, how they react when they...saw him...some...said he was a god...from Mt. Olympus..."
Long before JFK came to my attention, Mickey Mantle was my hero. We became NY Yankee fans and watched MM play on national television whenever possible.
*Mickey Charles Mantle (1931-1995) was born in Spavinaw, OK & named for Mickey Cochrane, a Hall of Fame baseball player. His family moved to Commerce OK where he attended Commerce High School and became an all star athlete.
MM was offered a football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma but turned that down to sign a baseball contract with the NY Yankees. He made his ML debut on April 17, 1951.
At his retirement in 1968, MM had a career batting average of .298, 2415 hits, 536 home runs and 1509 rbis. He retired with 20 All-Star Game appearances, 7 world championships, 3 American League MVP awards, 1 Triple Crown & 1 Golden Glove award.
"Yankees great Mickey Mantle to be commemorated by MLB Network on 20th anniversary of his death," by Anthony McCarron, New York Daily News, August 13, 2015, www.nydailynews.com/
Mickey Mantle Hits 500th Home Run
BERLIN WALL UNDER CONSTRUCTION
East Berlin, Germany (JFK+50) The government of communist East Germany announced 54 years ago today, August 13, 1961, that a wall was being constructed in order to permanently divide the eastern and western parts of Berlin.
East German guards were posted to stop anyone from crossing the border. While the wall was under construction, barbed wire was used to separate the two parts of the city.
JFK at the Berlin Wall
REAGAN SIGNS ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT
Santa Barbara, California (JFK+50) President Ronald Reagan signed into law 34 years ago today, August 13, 1981, the Economic Recovery Tax Act. The act provided for a 25% reduction in individual marginal tax rates phased in over a 3 year period. The ERTA combined with a 1986 tax cut reduced marginal tax rates on higher income taxpayers from 70 to 30%.
President and Mrs. Reagan