Mickey Mantle Time Line

"I have had a great life.  I was blessed with more natural talent, played for a great team, with great teammates, made a comfortable living for myself and my family, and acquired more fans and friends than anyone could deserve." Mickey Mantle

Date Event Description
10/20/31 Born in Spavinaw, OK
1935 Moved to 319 N. Quincy St. in Commerce, OK
1938 Began Central Grade School in Commerce, OK
1942 Catcher for Douthat, OK Pee Wee League team
1944 Played second base  for Gabby Street League from Douthat
1945 Played with Miami, OK team in Ban Johnson League
1945 Attended Commerce High School in Commerce, OK
1945 Charlie Mantle (grandfather) died
1946 Running back for Commerce High School (developed Osteomyelitis)
1946 Played for Junior Cardinal League
1947 Played shortstop for Baxter Springs Whiz Kids
1947 Eugene "Tunney" Mantle (uncle) died of Hodgkins disease at age 41
1948 Shortstop for Baxter Springs Whiz Kids
10/06/49 Met Merlyn Johnson at a football game
05/16/49 Signed with Yankees for $1150 bonus + $140/mo
1949 Worked off season as electrician's helper in the mines
1949 Bought first car (1947 Chevrolet Fleetline)
09/17/50 Called up to Yankees for first time (didn't see action that year)
1950 Made $250/mo with Yankees in Phoenix
1951 Roomed with Hank Bauer and Johnny Hopp
1951 Salary was $7,500 (W.S. bonus added $6,445)
03/26/51 Hit 650' homer @ Bovard Field on USC campus (Spring training)
Aug 1951 Classified by Army as 4-F (due to Osteomyelitis)
10/05/51 Injured right knee in Game 2 of World Series vs. Giants
12/23/51 Married Merlyn Johnson
1952 Purchased 7 bedroom house for his parents in Commerce, OK (317 S. River St.)
1952 Salary was $10,000
1952 Paid $16,000 for house at 317 S. River St. in Commerce, OK
1952 Bought new car (Lincoln)
1952 Emmett Manlte (uncle) died of Hodgkins disease at age 32
05/06/52 Elvin "Mutt" Mantle died of Hodgkins disease at age 39
04/15/53 Mickey Mantle Jr. born
04/17/53 Hit 565' homer off Chuck Stobbs of the Senators
12/26/55 David Mantle born
1956 A.L. MVP
1956 Won Triple Crown
1956 Paid $59,500 for house in Preston Hollow section of Dallas, TX
1956 Purchased bowling alley in Dallas, TX
01/31/57 Awarded Sports Broadcasters Assoc award
07/23/57 Hit for cycle
1957 Salary was $65,000
1957 A.L. MVP
12/05/57 Billy Mantle born
03/19/60 Danny Mantle born
09/29/61 Admitted to hospital for hip infection
May 1962 Admitted to hospital for torn thigh muscle
1962 Appeared in movies "Safe at Home" and "That Touch of Mink"
1962 A.L. MVP
02/27/63 Signed his first $100K contract
06/05/63 Broke bone in his left foot
1964 "The Quality of Courage" book published
09/18/65 Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium
1967 Began playing first base for the Yankees
09/20/68 Hit homer #536 off Boston Red Sox
6/8/69 Yankees retired #7
1969 First public speech (earned $500)
Feb 1970 Accepted coaching  job (1B Coach) with Yankees
1970 Appeared on Dick Cavett Show
1970 Began employment agency with Joe Namath (Mantle Men & Namath Girls)
08/10/74 Inducted into HOF
1975 Casey Stengel died
06/15/77 Mickey appears on the Dinah Shore talk show.  He is paid $294.68
1978 Mickey is paid $1,000/hr to sign autographs at Long Island card show
1983 Takes job with Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City
1983 Banned from baseball by Bowie Kuhn because of job with casino
12/14/85 Roger Maris died of cancer
1985 Reinstated into baseball by Peter Ueberroth
1988 Mickey Mantle's Restaurant & Sports Bar opened in New York City
12/25/89 Billy Martin died in car accident
01/07/94 Entered Betty Ford Center (Room 202)
03/12/94 Billy Mantle (son) died of Hodgkins disease at age 36
03/1995 Lovell Mantle (mother) died
05/28/95 Admitted to hospital for stomach pain
06/08/95 Liver transplant
06/28/95 Released from hospital
07/28/95 Readmitted to hospital
08/13/95 Died of liver cancer at age 63 at 1:10am