A Letter From Danny And David Mantle To Mickeys’ Fans

//A Letter From Danny And David Mantle To Mickeys’ Fans

A Letter From Danny And David Mantle To Mickeys’ Fans

In light of a new book that was just released, we felt compelled to make this public statement. Was dad an alcoholic? Yes, he could be unruly sometimes and say rude things but alcohol does that to people. It makes a person say and do things that they normally wouldn’t do and say. When he acted rude towards people, he later deeply regretted it. So for these writers and other people to keep bringing up this issue is actually good because it points out why he got help in the first place. Was he a bad father? No. He never left his family and always made sure we were well taken care of. He had a heart of gold, always thinking of others. After his father passed, with dad at the young age of 21, he assumed the high pressure role of family provider and took care of everybody including his mother, brothers, sister, and his in-laws.

We are so proud to call him our dad. From the time he co-wrote his original biography “The Mick” in 1985 until his final days when he said “I am not a role model”, he was completely honest and open about his life. While in the Betty Ford Clinic, he received tens of thousands of cards and letters of support and thanks. His actions became an inspiration to others with the same problem which meant a lot to dad. He has no idea how many people have come up to us and expressed their sincere appreciation for the example he set in seeking help for his alcoholism.

Not only was dad loved and respected by his family and friends, he was equally loved and respected by his team mates and many of his opponents. More than anything, dad wanted to be known as a great team mate. That was everything to him. That’s all he wanted to be known for. Not the long homers, World Series records or his Hall of Fame career. He was a fierce competitor on the field and a great friend off the field to his team mates. Those he played with and against, as well as his true fans, knew dad far better than the writers of today who base their stories on one interview with him or never even met him at all.

All we can say is that dad was not perfect. None of us are. But, he wasn’t a bad person either. We know the world is a different place today looking for sensationalism, but to write someone’s life story using only half truths and not focus equally on the good as well as the bad is disappointing to us that loved him. Dad has been gone for over 15 years now. Many of his friends and team mates are gone too. Every new book that is released about him has to rely on more and more third party accounts and less on eye witness accounts and stories. We know that we can’t change the things that are written in these books but his true fans know his career, his courage, his competitive spirit, what he accomplished and what he meant to a generation of baseball fans. That will never change. That’s why we feel that we must address this to let the fans know because you were so important to him. So, thanks to the people that loved and respected him all these years. You mean the world to him and the Mantle family.

Danny and David Mantle

2016-12-12T11:30:35+00:00 December 7th, 2009|Insights|18 Comments


  1. Rick LaPorte July 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I`am a 72 year old man that loved to which your Dad play and always loved and respected him. I am very touched by your letter.

  2. Bud Baker August 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Your Dad was my boyhood hero and learned of his difficulties with alcohol as we all did especially in his later years. I too had issues related to alcohol and have for the most part resolved them using your Dad as an inspiration. You both don’t need to back down from anyone and I agree that most now wriiten about him is just third party nonsense. God Bless you both and the Mantle family

  3. Andrew S Moriello August 6, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    David and Danny,please be assured that no one is perfect. Perfect can only be found In a dictioanarty I had the honor to see The Mickand I loved him Many years ago I traveled to Okla. and many people tod e howheheped everyone Mickey I my book will always be on the top of the list.thankyoufor giving me the honor to write to both of you.

  4. Len Polletta August 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Great letter. A tribute to your father.

  5. Skip Carpentier October 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Your Dad was my childhood hero. I remember being in awe watching him play at old Yankee Stadium. I remember tears of joy while screaming after he hit a home run. Years later in 1995, I remember where I was when I heard about his passing. Tears came to my eyes again and this feeling came over me that my childhood was finally over (at 46). I realised then that he symbolized my childhood. Happy 84th birthday thank you for being there in my youth.

  6. Jerry Medlin November 28, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Your Dad was my childhood hero, AND WILL ALWAYS BE my hero. I first saw your Dad play in Kansas City. My dad and I would take the Mickey Mantle Special train from Tulsa to KC to watch him when I was 8.9.10 years old. I was fortunate to get to see him play in several games in my time, but interestingly enough, NEVER saw him hit a homer in person! Was also fortunate enough to meet him at Indian Springs Country Club, here in Broken Arrow, when he was the MAIN draw to the Gatesway Golf Tourney that year. He shook my hand and put his arm around me and asked if I was getting some good pictures. I was videoing from one of the Ts. I was SO surprised when he walked towards me, that I practically froze, was in such Awe, that he was right there in front of me, AND shook my hand & put his arm around me, that I TOTALLY forgot to even ask him to autograph a ball, and a photo I had of him, with me!!!! Your Dad , will FOREVER be my Hero.

  7. Peter May 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Your dad posed for a photo with my 8 month old son in October 1994 . Two months later your dad signed the photo. Although he can’t remember the meeting the photo has always hung in this room and from tee ball through college my son has worn number 7 on his back. Thanks to your dads inspiration

  8. Stuart Harris May 7, 2016 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Dear Danny and David,
    I am a native New Yorker and your dad was my childhood hero. Period. You know why? He was a fighter, a non quitter and admired by my own dad, who died young. He too was my hero. Hence, I had 2.
    I reflect on many of my own reverses in life, and many times am reminded of how your dad played through thick and thin, ill & injured, up or down. He said he was no role model. To me, he was and still is.
    I heard once that a saint was far from perfect, contrary to the belief of many. A saint, really, is one who just lets light in. The light of love, determination, do or die, playing the game in spite of all odds and causing others to want to do the same.
    Your dad, as was mine, were men most memorable to me.
    I am 61 and was at the 1961 World series with my dad when I was 6. It was my first and last ball game I ever attended. My dad passed away from cancer 5 years later.

  9. Judson E. Shea March 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    My favorite childhood memory was watching your dad play at Yankee Stadium in August 1965. I read his book The education of a baseball player and enjoyed learning baseball fundamentals from an all time great. It was also enjoyable learning about his childhood in rural Oklahoma. Most of his fans know that he played his complete Hall of Fame career with Osteomyelitis in his knee. It took courage to enter the Betty Ford clinic to be treated for alcoholism.

  10. Louis Defillippo July 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    The mick was my hero I wanted to be just like growing up. I always wore number 7 and trotted around the bases like . I can’t tell you how many radios I broke everytime he hit a home run I got so excited I just through them up in the air. I was very forntunate to catch his 500 home run ball in 1967 . It was a dream that I had for months come true. There isn’t a day that goes by that I never think about him. He is and was the greatest ball player and hero a boy can have. Your father was the Greatest that ever lived period.

  11. Mark Judge September 14, 2017 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I am a 65 year old man but there is not a day goes without thinking about your Dad! When I went to church I thought only Jesus and the Mick could walk on water! When I was 12 my parents took me to Cominsky park to see him play! He didn’t that day but saw him leave wearing a blue polo shirt and kakee pants! The first time my son ever saw me cry was during the services at his funeral. Bob Costas did an excellent job! When he asked why I was crying I told him when Mickey Mantle passesed away so did my childhood! You two are doing an oustanding job in preserving the memory of your father who meant so much to us in our generation! God bless both of you and thanks!

  12. BIll Donovan May 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Hello Danny and David. I am a long time sober member of AA. As of this writing I am 48+ years I went to the old stadium and watched him play. He helped allot of people come in to AA and get sober.

  13. Rene LeRoux July 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce the induction of NYYankee legend Mickey Mantle and his best friend, legendary Yankee Billy Martin. The Induction will take place on Sunday, November 18th at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, N.Y. We invite any of Mickeys fans to attend. Tickets are $75.00 per person and can be purchased by calling 518-877-5170. David Mantle and Billy Martin Jr. will be attending. On November 18th, Mickey and Billy live again, inducted together as best friends. See our ebsite : http://www.nysbhof.com.

  14. Ed Purcell October 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Mickey was amazing, as a kid he couldn’t have been more loved in my world. When he came out and said not to do the things he did in regards to his drinking,, well, that’s a real man!

  15. Dennis G. Jenkins November 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I remember reading an early book on his rise to becoming drafted by the Yankees. The role his dad played was so heart warming as my dad was an alcoholic and did not spend time with me. I learned to switch hit like the Mic did and was pretty successful although not star material. He was such a super hero to me and to others in my school. I got to meet him in early 70’s. He was the same unassuming and polite person I knew him to be. At the time of this comment, I am 73 yrs. old. I still watch “Home Run Derby” and marvel at his power. I had opportunity to go to original Yankee Stadium and marveled at where he hit the ball on the façade. Pure physical power without the opportunities afforded the current day athletes through training, etc.
    Never be another Mic.

  16. Michael Wurzbach December 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Your father deserved sons like you. You would make him proud in coming to his defense. Those who seek impune his character without justification are of no consequence. He was the idol of countless young boys, myself included. To us he was “perfect”. Only God can give a man a talent such as that. I thank him for the memories and thank you for coming to his defense. Long live “the Mick”.

  17. Mickey Johnson January 30, 2019 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I saw “The Mick” hit a home run in Baltimore, Md. in 1957 while I was in the Army. No one could look better running the bases after hitting a home run.

    The 50’s and 60’s were a great time to watch Major League baseball and the great World Series. Especially in 1956 when a no-hitter was pitched in the World Series and the fact that “The Mick” won the triple crown.

    My dad also named me after Mickey Cochran.

  18. Joe February 22, 2019 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    My dad saw Mickey and Roger in the summer of ‘61 at Baltimore where Maris hit one of his 61 that year. Such a great memory for both him and my uncle. He was 9 years old and tells the story of Mickey running sprints right in front of their seats like it was yesterday.

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