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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 â€œWe want Mickey! We want Mickey!â€ 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
Also by John Linton
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