Two weeks ago, Grey Flannel Auctions sent out a press release to advertise the upcoming auction of a corked 1964 model Mantle bat. In addition to showing X-rays of the alleged corked bat, the auction house had supporting details about Mantle corking his bat; they cited a former Minnesota Twins equipment manager who said Mantle corked his bat.
The Mantle family issued a statement and retained a law firm to discredit the auction, which has been removed.
“Our Dad loved, revered and dedicated his whole life and professional career to the game of baseball. He persevered through devastating injuries to play 18 seasons for the New York Yankees and won seven World Series and many awards. The legacy of our Dad’s professionalism, perseverance and integrity has endured for more than 43 years since his retirement from baseball and is a testament to his status as an icon in American sports and culture.
“Recently, an on-line sports memorabilia marketer promoted an outrageously false, misleading and deceptive claim, apparently for a quick buck and publicity, that it was selling at auction a first-of-a-kind baseball bat: a ‘Mantle-corked gamer’ and a ‘corked bat of Mantle.’ The claim has spread throughout the Internet, and news media outlets nationwide have repeated and republished the marketer’s false claims, baseless implications, and purported statements of the marketer’s so-called authenticator,” the family said in its statement.