The only time Mickey Mantle said he was ever too drunk to play has a Detroit Lions connection

Stumbled across this in an old 1990-ish interview Mantle did with Bob Costas:

"I remember one time – I want everyone to know that I didn’t do this, I don’t think I ever really hurt my team that much, no.

"One time Bobby Layne, the old quarterback in Detroit, of the Detroit Lions, he was in town, in Detroit, one time. He took me out one night. And we drank way too much that night. And the next day, I went up to hit – and I didn’t take batting practice, or infield, or anything. And I could have hurt the team that day.

“But the first time up, I took the first pitch right down the middle, and I yelled at the umpire – I know you remember, I didn’t usually argue with umpires. And I just made him kick me out of that game, because I had no business in that game.”

It’s a funny story on one level. Man, Bobby Layne was a hard-livin’, championship-winnin’ dude.

But of course Mantle had alcoholism problems, went into treatment, and needed a liver transplant near the end of his life.


Babe Ruth disapproves of this story. He was wasted in all his games. lol

Put a little vodka in your water bottle, and hit some dingers Mantle!! Don’t be blaming Bobby Layne for your hangovers…haha

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Dock Ellis didnt need Terry Bradshaw to give him the LSD and put the blame on…and unlike the Mick he was just fine…


Oh, and it was a no hitter…


Seriously though, how many of us would go back in time to be in the bar with those two that night? Legendary! Lol


That is one of the craziest and most impressive feats in sports history. Trippin balls and still completely unhittable. I should have been licking toads before all my high school baseball games… lol

homer simpson GIF


Which leads me to wonder…How fast can Fox throw a fast ball?
Mid 150s? Higher?

Can’t imaging what Mickey Mantle would be worth in today’s MLB

Jack Finch

I googled and still don’t get the reference. :wink:
Would be handy if I wuz smarter.

Its a tough one.

Google Sid Finch

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HA! Sid…only a real life version. Not fictitious.

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