August 13th. In 1995, Mickey Charles Mantle (born October 20, 1931 in Oklahoma) died on this day. The Mick, also nicknamed the Commerce Comet, was an American professional baseball player who played his entire Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees from 1951 through 1968. Mantle was a center fielder and first baseman and was considered one of the best players and sluggers, and also as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, inducted The Mick in 1974 and he was also was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
In 1995, Mantle established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations after receiving a liver transplant since his liver was severely damaged by alcohol-induced cirrhosis, as well as hepatitis C. It was also discovered that he had inoperable liver cancer, which further necessitated the transplant. Unfortunately, soon after, it was found that the cancer had spread throughout his body. Just two months after his June 1995 transplant, Mickey Mantle died at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas just months shy of his 64th birthday.
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