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MICKEY QUOTES
(21-40)
by Lewis Early
(Excerpted from the award-winning DVD, Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes To Life®- The Deluxe Lost Stories Edition. Click Here to learn more about it. Click Here to see an outline of the contents of the DVD.)
 
21. "The thing I really liked about Mickey was the way he treated everyone the same."
Red Sox Pitcher Bill Monbouquette

22. "They ought to create a new league for that guy."
White Sox Pitcher Jack Harshman

23. "We know you can bunt, Mick. You're not down here to bunt. You're here to get some hits and get your swing back."
Triple A Kansas City Blues Manager George Selkirk to Mickey after he bunted safely his first at-bat after being sent down from the Yankees

24. "I thought I raised a ballplayer. You're nothing but a coward and a quitter."
Mickey's father Mutt Mantle to Mickey when Mickey told him he couldn't play anymore after being sent down to Triple A Kansas City from the Yankees in 1951

25. "I expected him to say, 'Hang in there' or something like that. It took me an hour to talk him into giving me another chance!"
Mickey to his father Mutt after being called a coward and a quitter

26. "My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my grand-dad."
Mickey on his father, Mutt Mantle

27. "He foresaw the platooning that managers like Casey Stengel used years before it happened. He told me I had to be a switch-hitter if I was going to play."
Mickey on his father, Mutt Mantle

28. "Not after all the time my dad spent teaching me to switch-hit."
Mickey to a sportswriter who suggested that Mickey become a full-time right-handed hitter after injuries hampered him from the left side

29. "I leaned on him for support when I got out of the cab, and he just crumpled to the ground. That's how we found out."
Mickey on his father Mutt Mantle when they took a cab to Lenox Hill hospital in New York after Mickey was injured in the second game of the 1951 World Series - both father and son were admitted to the hospital and tests showed Mutt Mantle had contracted Hodgkin's Disease

30. "I've heard about you." "I've heard about you, too."
Mickey responding to the duke of Windsor when they met for the first time

31. "Casey wanted us to stay loose. That didn't mean clowning around. He just meant we should be confident and relaxed. We shouldn't feel that one strikeout was going to end the season for us."
Mickey on Casey Stengel

32. "Son, it ain't the water cooler that's striking you out."
Casey Stengel to Mickey after he kicked the water cooler in the dugout after striking out

33. "What do you think, I was born at 60?"
Casey Stengel to Mickey when Mickey expressed surprise that Casey had been a player

34. "Some of you fellers are getting 'Whiskey Slick.'"
Casey Stengel to Mickey, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford in a team meeting scolding them about too much playing around

35. "…I got a little concerned yesterday in the first three innings when I saw the three players I had gotten rid of, and I said 'When I lost nine what am I going to do?' And when I had a couple of my players I thought so great of that did not do so good up to the sixth inning I was more confused. But I finally had to go and call on a young man from Baltimore that we don't own, and the Yankees don't own him, and he is doing pretty good. And I would actually have to tell you that I think we are more the Greta Garbo type now from success. We are being hated. I mean from the ownership and all, we are being hated. Every sport that gets too great, or one individual…"
Excerpt from Casey Stengel's testimony before the Senate's Kefauver Antitrust Subcommittee

36. "My views are just about the same as Casey's."
Mickey Mantle, testifying immediately after Casey Stengel's testimony before the Senate's Kefauver Anti-trust Subcommittee

37. "After a play in the field Casey would turn (to the players on the bench) and say 'What did he do wrong?' or 'You're better than that guy.' Either way, he'd keep them from getting stale."
Mickey on Casey Stengel

38. "How dumb can you be?"
Casey Stengel to Mickey after he struck out on three straight high, inside pitches left-handed

39. "Butcher boy, damn it, butcher boy."
Mickey on Casey Stengel shouting at him from the dugout steps because he wanted Mickey to "meat" the ball – Alternatively, Casey sometimes meant he should "chop" down on the ball

40. "Take everything you can get over in center. The Dago's heel is hurting pretty bad."
Casey Stengel to Mickey in the 1951 World Series, when Joe DiMaggio's heel was injured, limiting his range in centerfield

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