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© John Linton
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My childhood hero was The Mick. I can remember as a kid buying packs of baseball cards with my meager funds in the hopes of coming across just one Mantle card. They were rare finds. My father once took me to a game at The Stadium, but Mick was not playing that day due to injury. I distinctly remember chanting with the rest of the crowd in the late innings “We want Mickey! We want Mickey!” and cheering when this tiny speck came out of the dugout and doffed his hat to us. It was the closest I ever got to him.

In the mid 80s my son got interested in baseball cards (all of mine had long since disappeared) and we began going to card shows. I found myself purchasing a 1969 Mantle card (the year he retired so it had all of his stats) and a 1969 Yankee Yearbook. A few years later he attended a card show and we were told he would autograph one item for each fan. I was a kid again. Out came the yearbook. As I shook his hand I remember him commenting that it had been a long time since he had seen one of those.

His autograph is the only one I have.

Canon EOS 350 D camera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens

09/07/08

92 responses

  • Lisa Koester

    Lisa Koester gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Great story and shot John

  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    John you know how to tell stories and how to get readers attention. Take care

  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    This short "story" remind me "Underworld" novel of Don DeLillo

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    I love your story, John. I'm glad you got his authograph.Very nice phot

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    cool story... nice display of the memorabilia!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    I love the composition, the quilt just makes it!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Wonderful entry! I loved Mick when I was young too!! The autograph is a treasure, John! :)

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    This one is excellent, love the write-up too....

  • LaShawna Jones

    LaShawna Jones gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Great entry...very creative! You know how much I love sports, especially baseball. I'm a Steve Garvey and Ron Cey fan from way back, but Mickey is THE MAN!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    Beautiful story & GREAT shot !

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (8 Sep 2008):

    very cool - he was the greatest.

  • petey whitelaw

    petey whitelaw said (8 Sep 2008):

    i freaking love this!! the story is so good. i actually felt so good for you.the only autograph you have is your hero's. what a treasure. and you shook his hand! so rad. the photo has that timeless quality to it. yup, loving it.

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Thanks for sharing your story, the image was set-up perfectly, the Mick would be proud!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Great, great and great!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Love it John !!! well done :)

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Fantastic John - wonderful emotional portrait with your words

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (10 Sep 2008):

    Awesome photo&writeup!!!

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (26 Sep 2008):

    Wow!!!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (5 Oct 2008):

    Sweet trib and capture John, a hero to so many!

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes said (15 Oct 2008):

    I've got 2 Mickey Mantle cards stashed away.. I think I'll dig 'em up and look at 'em :)

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (28 Oct 2008):

    well done!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Feb 2009):

    What a fabulous shot, it really rocks John!

  • John Shanahan

    John Shanahan   said (23 Apr 2009):

    Family connection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28230070@N08/3059633825/

  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Love the story and the photo, well done!

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    Ahhhh I love the photo ...

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    voting, of course

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Great entry John!!

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Way too good, photo, memories and entry. LuvIt. RAD for sure. dp

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Not knowing to much about this sport in Oz but your narrative John is inspiring! Voted.

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    voted

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    back to vote!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2010):

    A great story, image, and theme entry. You have my Vote...

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    I came back to vote.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    I enjoyed your story and how thrilling it had to be for you to get Mickey Mantle's autograph and to shake his hand... Great entry and you have my vote...

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    Voted John - a good one to resurrect for the theme!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    VOTED! That is one thing our kids today does not have.Heroes as role models.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful capture and tribute. For sure my vote.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    Voted

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Nice tribute!

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Sweet story John! Such a great thing to share with your son!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    A true blue fan. I remember the competition between Mantle and Maris. Mantle was so much in the news then, even people who were not rabid baseball fans loved him. I am so happy that you finally got to meet him and get his autograph. Great entry. voted.

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (9 Mar 2010):

    back to vote!

  • jose carlos castilllo gomez

    jose carlos castilllo gomez said (9 Mar 2010):

    voted!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful remembrance.

  • Chessaddict *

    Chessaddict * gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Very well done !!! Voted.

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    yeap

  • riverS

    riverS (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    voted.)

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Neat collection and great story!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    He was my hero and inspiration----for drinking too!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Mar 2010):

    Oh What a cue for you John! To be in the same room as your hero is heart pumpingly awesome!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Nice! GMV

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Great shot and accompanying story, John. + vote

  • HorseWithNoName

    HorseWithNoName   gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Great entry John!!

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    yes!! my vote !

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (13 Mar 2010):

    #7

    There will never be another.

    BTV

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    Great pic+story!! The choice of background is excellent!!!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    amazing story and a real treasure Mickey is !!!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    this is a hero not doubt.!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun said (15 Mar 2010):

    My Vote John .. Photo and Story

  • Kiran G

    Kiran G gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Gr8 EntRy ............. Yeah yeaH Rad again .................

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    That's awesome!!!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    Wow! And "Yeah!" too! R

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    most excellent !

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    Yeah I like it voted!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    Voted: YEAH !

  • Nick Blair

    Nick Blair said (24 Mar 2010):

    wow! my hero was knight rider

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    BTV ..

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Oh them Micky ma-memories & da good ole days of baseball...lovin it & Vot´d.

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Cool :)

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    Great story!

  • Vladan Djordjevic

    Vladan Djordjevic gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    Great photo. Yeah!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    I too have some autographs of Yankee's form the late 40's and early 50's but sorry my hero's wore a different type of uniform.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (20 Apr 2010):

    Back to vote-both the photo and the story are great.

  • Sara Holt

    Sara Holt (Deleted) said (22 Apr 2010):

    Awesome....quite a nice collection there

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (22 Apr 2010):

    a great theme shot! yes!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    Yes, this is worth the theme! Heroes from the chilhood are heroes forever!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    wonderful...voted !

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (5 May 2010):

    Way rad!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (7 May 2010):

    nice photo, but the story really makes it

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (8 May 2010):

    back to vote! Fantastic work

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (12 May 2010):

    Good entry voted...

  • adniloj

    adniloj said (23 May 2010):

    back for your + vote

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (25 May 2010):

    Super, John -- voted!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (25 May 2010):

    Excellent!! Voted!!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (7 Jun 2010):

    very stylishly executed. a homerun !

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni   gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    so sweet...rad!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (8 Jun 2010):

    BTV...:)

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (8 Jun 2010):

    Man, that is a nice story! Good show!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    Yeah My Hero Too! Voted!

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