Sunday, November 01, 2009


I am trying to be timely by posting about Mickey Mantle since the Yankees are in the World Series. I am not much of a baseball fan but I am a New Yorker, therefore "Go Yankees"! (The weekly feature Humor of the Week will return next Monday, I promise!)

On Thursday, October 22nd we drove west on I-44 from St. Louis to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The trip took about 9 hours including stops at rest areas and a quick lunch. After checking into a hotel in Bricktown District, downtown of OKC, we walked to Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse for dinner. The entrees were pricey and not much to write about. The next morning, we walked around the District, took a photo below of Mantle statue in front of AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. I am impressed with the development of Bricktown, many fine restaurants, a ballpark, Ford Center, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder- NBA team, a mile-long canal, variety of shops, all within walking distance from many well-established hotels.

Above is the boyhood home of the legendary Yankee center fielder/first baseman #7 Mickey Mantle. Mantle grew up and lived in this home at 319 South Quincy Street in Commerce, Oklahoma, for many years. Below photo shows the yard and the barn where Mantle and his Dad practiced batting. Signed right after high school, spent 2 years in the minors, Mantle played 18 seasons with the New York Yankees winning 7 (how appropriate for #7) World Series Championships and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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