“For a huge portion of my generation, Mickey Mantle was that baseball hero. And for reasons that no statistics, no dry recitation of facts can possibly capture, he was the most compelling baseball hero of our lifetime. And he was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does.” – Bob Costas, delivering the eulogy at Mickey Mantle’s funeral.

At request of the Mantle family, Bob Costas delivers the eulogy at Mickey’s funeral. The popular broadcaster, known for his love of the game and his admiration of the Yankee superstar, describes the Hall of Famer as “a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic.”


We discuss Mickey Mantle on the Daily rewind as we back step through August 12 – 18.


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Baseball Reference August 15
National Pastime
Retro Sheet
Hall of Fame
SABR Games Project