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Mickey Mantle was a stupendous ball player He was great at playing baseball because he practiced a lot His whole baseball career is the career that I dream of having He played in 12 of his 18 career years in the World Serieswith the Yankees When Mickey Mantle was growing up he was small and spindly His nickname was little Mick when he was a child Mantle went to Commerce grade school When Mickey was little he always thought about baseball Falkner 21 His parents bought baseball gloves for him but his mom made his uniforms When he started playing he always was a good hitter from the right side He was a little bit scared of the ball Whenever the ball curved he dropped so it would not hit him His Dad was one that taught him how to switchhit His dad and grandpa always got some games going after school with some of Mickeys friends Falkner 22The people who taught him how to play the game were his father and grandfather He practiced with them for at least 2 hours a day Falkner 23 Mickey played sports and games whenever he could He just could not stay away from the game of baseball The one sport that Mickey did not want anything to do with was swimming The reason why was because swimming almost cost him hislifeOnce him and his friends were swimming in a riverand they were not supposed to and a lady came and seen them and his friends left him on a raft and he could not swim and he fell off and almost drownedMickey did not like school He looked forward to recess andafter school Baseball was a big thing in Oklahoma Everyone went to watch the kids play Falkner 30 Mantle was one of the fortunate kids he could throw and bat right and left handed Falkner 31 Mickey was one of the fewkids that could throw
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