Mickey Mantle's 2nd Longest HR - Pitcher Signed - Made Mantle Famous
And it is true that this home run put Mickey Mantle, a raw rookie, on the front page of sports pages all over America. In 1951 major league teams played, not only each other, but minor league clubs and colleges. In spring training that is. Since University of Southern California coach Rod Dedeaux had played for Casey Stengel in Brooklyn and the Yanks were training in SoCal, a contest was arranged at Brovard Field, home of the Trojans. The SC pitcher was Tom Lovrich, later a successful minor leaguer, and no pushover, he had already beaten the Pittsburgh Pirates. Things went well for the Man Of Troy until The Mick, an unknown rookie, came to bat for the second time and launched a ball that, as Tom admits, "Made Mantle Famous" It is said to have traveled 656 feet, though as Lovrich says, "It gets longer every year." Tom has since added the date 3-26-51 and the length of the belt. On other panels of this ML beauty, Paul Pettit, the first 100K bonus baby, a former St Louis Brown first baseman, Chuck Stevens, and Portland Beaver Marty Garber have also signed. Obtained in person...a real curiosity ball with history written all over it. Obtained in person.
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