Attention all Yankee fans: Do You Expect to See Mickey Mantle in Heaven?

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Mickey Mantle #7, Outfielder for the New York Yankees, 1951-1968

Carroll Roberson, Gospel Singer and Song Writer

A segment of my family is planning to go to Yankee Stadium June 21 to see the Bronx Bombers beat the Baltimore Orioles. My family has always been Yankee fans, with the possible exception of Jim, who lives in Philadelphia and roots for the Phillies.

Carroll Roberson's Mickey Mantle song came out while I was still doing Gospel Caravan on live and Internet Radio. When I found this audio clip in my archives, I thought it would make a good DrawBridge blog. gel

Wikipedia says this about the Mick: Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995), nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick", was an American professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) centerfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons, from 1951 through 1968. Mantle is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest players in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

By the way, Bobby Richardson was baseball coach for Liberty University in the 1980s.

This is a commercially produced post card with a printed signature.

We also have a framed black and white promo picture that is signed: "Best wishes, Max, Jerry, and the girls, Gene Woodling

The girls are Nancy and her three sisters.

Baseball has always played a major role in the recreational life of our family. Gene Woodling was a Major League player for the New York Yankees during the Yankees’ glory days of the 1950s. And Gene Woodling was the first cousin of my wife, Nancy’s Dad, Max L. Hile. Gene played with such Yankee legends as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto.

Nancy tells the story about the time Gene played baseball with her family in a vacant lot near her home. When Gene hit the ball, they never did find it!

One time while Max Hile was visiting Gene Woodling in the Yankee dugout, Gene passed a baseball around and had all the guys sign it. That is a treasured artifact in our family to this day! As the oldest child, this signed baseball went to Nancy. She, in turn, passed it on to our son, Jim, who is a baseball memorabilia collector. That ball has a featured spot in his home display case.


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