MANTLE, MICKEY. (1931-1995). American baseball player regarded as the sport’s greatest switch hitter and one of the best ball players in history. ALS. (“Mickey Mantle”). 1p. 12mo. N.p., N.d. Written on a thick paper, circular cocktail coaster, possibly from a casino, inscribed on the verso.
“To Jim Hope you hit 300 your Pal Mickey Mantle”
Mantle was discovered by a New York Yankees scout in 1948 while still in high school. After his graduation he was signed to the Class-D minor league Independence Yankees where he played shortstop. After his promotion to the Class-C Joplin Miners, he was invited to the Yankees instructional camp where the manager decided to put him in right field during the 1951 season.