Mickey Mantle had the classic addictive personality
Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. His father, an amateur player and fervent fan, named him in honor of Mickey Cochrane, the Hall of Fame catcher from the Philadelphia Athletics. Even though his father was exhausted after long day’s work, he still pitched batting practice him baseball. He wanted Mickey to become the baseball player he himself had not been. Mickey Mantle joined the Yankees at 19. His father died of cancer at the age of 39, just as his son was starting his career. Whether it was from the pressures of the fear of death, the expectations he had always lived with, or some other inexplicable reason, Mickey Mantle soon started what was to be a lifelong pattern of alcohol abuse. He drank more and more to escape from the pain of losing his father. After he retired at 37, his drinking got really bad. Therefore he went to Betty Ford Center to withdraw from alcohol, at that time he found out he had a bad liver. He felt sad whenever he talked about his family he cried and could not talk because he felt sorry. He was not a good family man, and he did not take care his wife and his children, but they never blamed his. After that, he could give up the alcohol and be a real and successful person. He received a liver transplant from Baylor hospital in Texas. Mickey the last wish he wanted to establish “Mickey’s Team” donor awareness program to help needful people.
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