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How Hank Bauer and the New York Yankees Finally Saved Mickey Mantle

Mantle became a legend many years before he became a legend. It created many problems for him, some of which he was unprepared to face.

On the field, Mantle had to learn how to play the outfield while in the major leagues. A shortstop who was defensively challenged, Casey Stengel and the New York Yankees decided that Mantle would become a decent defensive outfielder.

Mantle was faced with interviews and photographers on a daily basis. He was invited to dinner almost every night, was asked to appear on radio or television shows constantly, had to respond to questions about his draft status and was bombarded with business offers.

It was only two years after he graduated from high school that he signed up with the Yankees for a little ...

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