Moderately Interesting Morning Fact Aug. 13, 2012: Mickey Mantle Memorial Edition

New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle died on this day in 1995 at age 63. Mantle was the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history and the second-best drinker behind Babe Ruth. He was also the first player to wear a batting helmet and the first to throw one in disgust after striking out.

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