Mickey Mantle’s family says slugger never used corked bat; auction pulled

Mickey MantleMickey Mantle’s family issued a statement on Monday to defend the former New York Yankees slugger against an allegation that the Hall of Famer used a corked bat when he played.

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.

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Mickey Mantle corked bat being sold in auction

Mickey Mantle corked bat

A Mickey Mantle corked bat is being sold at an auction by Grey Flannel Auctions, presenting a chance for someone to get a hold of a one-of-a-kind collectible. And this item is special for a few reasons. There are plenty of Mickey Mantle fans out there who would love to get a hold of any item associated with the former New York Yankees legend. But who knew that the Mick corked his bat?

According to Grey Flannel Auctions, Minnesota Twins equipment manager Ray Crump admitted in his autobiography that he had corked some bats for Mantle. This auction would indicate the bat is one of them.

As noticed and documented by John Taube of PSA/DNA, “during our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel. The finish in the area has also been touched up to mask the circular area. Alterations of this nature indicate the barrel has been drilled and filled with cork….we had the barrel x-rayed and (it) confirms that the barrel has been drilled and filled with cork…this is the first corked bat of Mantle that we have seen or heard of.”

Here are the specs on the bat, per Grey Flannel Auctions:

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Mickey Mantle Has Fond Memories of Yankee Stadium

It’s not often that an absolute gem of a story just drops in our laps like this one, so we must act accordingly. We have a nice little anecdote from Mickey Mantle suggesting he had some fun with the ladies. Big surprise right? Of course not. But the circumstances, oh, you’re going to love this one. As I posted at FanHouse, the New York Post writes about Sam Marchiano’s self-published memoir:

Marchiano also reveals how Mantle sent a jaw-dropping answer to the Yankees front office when he was asked to recall his fondest memory of Yankee Stadium for the 50th anniversary of “The “House that Ruth Built.” Mantle wrote back: “I got [oral sex] under the right-field bleachers by the Yankee bullpen. It was about the third or fourth inning. I had a pulled groin and couldn’t [bleep] at the time. She was a very nice girl . . .”

She was a lovely lady … and my apologies to her. How bout that one huh? The Mick, knocking ‘em out of the park at the dish and under the bleachers. Quick, somebody cue Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Must be a Yankee thing.