Addendum: Subsequent to the catalog
publication, we were contacted by former New York Yankees executive Marty
Appel, who has first-hand knowledge of this letter, which he kindly shared with
"I was the Yankees Assistant PR Director then, with
Bob Fishel my boss. We wrote to many ex-Yankees for a 1973 50th
anniversary Yearbook feature on 'greatest memory.' That is my
handwriting on 'Dear Mickey' and 'Bob Fishel.' Mick's response is
indeed his, in his handwriting, but it was meant to shock the very straight-laced
Bob Fishel on whom he was always playing practical jokes. The item is
authentic, but the intent was bawdy humor, not depiction of a real event.
I called Mick when I received it and said, 'We're going with the Barney Schultz
home run in 1964' and he laughed and said 'Of course.' I held the letter
for decades (never showed Bob Fishel), finally gave it to Barry Halper, and
from there it slipped off to others over time." - Marty Appel.
Mickey Mantle's talents on the baseball field are well
documented. Much less known, however, are his literary skills, particularly
when it comes to off-color narrative prose. Offered here is his greatest
contribution to that genre, his magnus opus if you will. This is the most
famous, or perhaps we should say infamous, Mantle handwritten document in the
hobby, although saying "in the hobby" is somewhat of a misnomer
because this is the first time it has ever been made available for sale,
publicly or privately. It has, however, been viewed by many collectors because
copies of it exist and have been posted (and then reposted) online and through
various social media platforms. That familiarity has led to its now iconic
status but, like the Mona Lisa, or any other great work of art, there is only
one original, and this is it.
muse for this particular literary endeavor was longtime New York Yankees public
relations director Bob Fishel. In December 1972, Fishel sent out a
questionnaire to former New York Yankees players asking them to share their
outstanding event at Yankee Stadium. As he noted in his cover letter, the
upcoming 1973 season marked the 50th anniversary of Yankee Stadium, and the
team planned a season-long "Golden Anniversary" celebration,
culminating in a special ceremony on Old Timers Day. The responses given by the
players would be featured in a 1973 50th Anniversary Yearbook. Mantle, of
course, was sent his respective questionnaire and he dutifully filled it out
and returned it in the prepaid envelope provided.
Fishel opened the envelope, which Mantle marked "Personal - Bob
Fishel" in pencil on the front, and read Mantle's response, we can
only imagine his reaction. Knowing Mantle as he did, maybe Fishel would have
been more surprised if he received anything different. The first question asked
each player to list what they considered their outstanding experience at Yankee
Stadium. The second question asked them where or when the event occurred and
instructed each respondent to "give as much detail as possible."
Mantle did not disappoint in that regard. To the first question, Mantle wrote
"I got a blow job under the right field bleachers by the Yankee Bull
Pen." He followed that up by providing the specifics: "It was about
the third or fourth inning. I had a pulled groin and couldn't fuck at the time.
She was a very nice girl and asked me what to do with the cum after I came in
her mouth. I said don't ask me, I'm no cock-sucker." It is signed
"Mickey Mantle - The All-American Boy." Both Mantle's signature and
handwritten text have been rendered in blue ink and grade 9/10.
letter was probably the talk of the Yankees front office for days after it
arrived and we can probably thank all the employees who made photo copies of it
at the time for the many images now circulating on the internet (we must note
that all the images on the web represent copies of this document; none were
made from the original offered here). Both the questionnaire and cover letter
(8.5x11") display two horizontal mailing folds, a few small edge tears at
the fold lines, and a paperclip impression near the top border. They are
accompanied by the original return mailing envelope (8.75x4"; large tear
along the top). Both the cover letter and envelope are dated/postmarked
December 14, 1972." Full LOA from PSA.