Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Commerce Comet

#7 Mickey Mantle - "The Commerce Comet" - 9" x 12" acrylic on paper. The greatest switch hitter of all-time and one of the games greatest sluggers. Mantle won the triple crown in 1956, was an all-star 20 times, league MVP three times, and appeared in 12 World Series winning 7 with the Yankees. My favorite Mantle quote - "Had I known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself". Never considered anyone else at 7 although there are some fine players in the bunch - namely Craig Biggio and Pudge Rodriguez. Famous Braves to wear number 7 - Gil Garrido (I got his autograph on a program many moons ago) and Jeff Burroughs. #6 - between two players, one I saw play and the other an all-time great.

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