Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 5/13/13

Earlier this month, there was a report that a corked bat being sold at auction belonged to none other than New York Yankees great, Mickey Mantle. While this certainly wasn’t going to ruin the reputation of the legendary Hall of Fame outfielder to his legions of fans, it did bring a level of discouragement to the Mantle family, and they decided to hit back at what they say is an erroneous claim. The children of Mantle issued the following statement on Monday, Via FTW: “Let us be clear: Dad didn’t need and never used a corked bat. Mickey Mantle was honest about the way he played the game that he loved and to which he devoted his professional life. He was one of the best who ever played the game because of his natural talents and abilities – and his heart. Our Dad’s legacy must be protected and the injury to his reputation must be corrected – he does not deserve to be the subject of these outrageous fabrications.” The evidence of the bat belonging to Mantle is purely circumstantial, so it isn’t a surprise that the family doesn’t want it associated with the Mick. Also, we have very little, [...]

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