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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - August 14, 1995, Fairbanks, Alaska A a Tali Mirr 7 daily mews Miner scoreboard c-2 local digest c-4 comics c-5sports a pc Quot Bob Eley sports editor 456-6661 ext. 281 monday August 14, 1995by George Vecsey the new York times people a will mourn the tortured Man with the hollow eyes and the prematurely wrinkled face whose liver went fast just As his Knees had done. But the real reason they Are mourning Mickey Mantle today is that first he was a Young lion who prowled Green Urban pastures sleekly powerfully unpredictably. Before he was Mickey Mantle the flawed southwestern Folk hero even to cynical Northeast sport insight emers he was Mickey Mantle the athlete who awed people with a swing or a sprint. He was not merely some Case history straight out of the Modem soap operas and Reade for television movies with his recognition of his alcoholism late in his life. Not at All. People of a certain age Are going around with sad expressions now because of the Young Mickey Mantle the one who first captivated them the one who gave them the intense pleasure of watching an imperfect athletic deity perform extraordinary acts without the backup of discipline. There was nobody quite like Mickey Mantle in a baseball uniform. He was not just Speed and he was not just Power he was unabashed animal vitality. Even before the fans grew to like him and then adore him they were awed by him. They had to watch carefully As he bounded toward first base after hitting a simple ground Ball to the shortstop. Williams and Musial and Kille brew did not beat out grounders to shortstop. Mantle did. The hitters who could leg out an infield single were a a whippets or a Jack Mickey Mantle was Leonine. That was the part that turned the fans on. A lot of people watched Mantle slug baseballs to the far Corners of the american Ive ague. These forty somethings and fifty somethings became the emotional base of Mickey mantles status As a legend. Little Bobby Costas from Long Island grew up to be an astute broadcaster who knows it is absolutely permissible to openly idolize the Mick. Mickey Mantle was hot. Male baseball fans talked about him the Way they might talk about Marilyn Monroe in another context. Long before there was Mick Jagger there was Mickey Mantle with More than a Trace of menace. He would Limp in from the Outfield and just before he would Duck into the dugout he would spot the prettiest woman in the Box seats and he would Wink or Grin or Leer at her. He could get away with it. He was the Mick. The greatest Black players in the first wave had to keep their psychic lids on. Jackie Robinson nearly had a nervous breakdown containing his anger at the racial slurs. Frank Robinson and Henry Aaron and Roberto Clemente had to worr9 about offending White America with see Escey Page c-3eveiyone remembers a the Mick Yankee icon succumbs to cancer he played in pain but gave fans pleasure associated press striking pose Mickey Mantle takes a pre game swing for the Benefit of photographers at Yankee stadium in 1961. Mantle died Early sunday from liver Jaime Aron a sports writer Dallas he was blessed with prodigious Power especially in the clutch Graceful Speed an easy manner and Blond Good looks. He was the Mick. No. 7. Hall of Famer. Beloved by generations of fans As the heir to Dimaggio and Ruth. A god gave me everything a Mickey Mantle said in one of his last Public appearances. And then he sent a poignant message to Young ballplayers everywhere play like me but a a done to be like the former new York Yankees slugger who played and partied with equal gusto died sunday of a rapidly spreading cancer that progressed from his liver to All his vital organs. The 63-year-old Hall of Famer died at 2 10 a m. Edt at Baylor University medical Center with his wife Merlyn and son David at his bedside. A this is the most aggressive cancer that anyone on the medical team has Ever seen a said or. Goran Klin Malm medical director of transplant services at Baylor. Mantle received a liver transplant june 8. At the time he acknowledged that More than 40 years of excessive drinking had left him with liver cancer cirrhosis and hepatitis. Without the new liver he was Given two weeks to live. Though the transplant was successful the prognosis turned gloomy again Early this month when it was discovered the cancer had spread to a lung. Had they found it earlier doctors said they would not have allowed the transplant. A it scan on Mantle aug. 7 see Mantle Page c-3 Motocross racers have fun in mud rain makes for interesting racing Susan Adelen Iff writer by the time Daniel Buzard had a plated his third Lap he could longer see. Racing under the rain in the Ond Moto of the 125cc Novice is at the statewide Motocross Ries no. 4 sunday at Polar Lier Motocross Park. Buzard a doused in mud. And so were goggles. By that Point Buzard had Al Idy whipped through five pairs tear offs plastic disposable Gle coverings made for Riding mud and then decided head better off pitching the goggles Nisei ves. So somewhere before half his was Over Buzard in the do ripped off his goggles and Aud them in the mud before no on to win the Moto. A a it a a mess Mit there. Any ice that a hard packed is Slick a d Buzard whose first place ish combined with an earlier nth place to give him Overall re place along with a trophy d $75 in prize Money a fall that a going to cover is at i broke this weekend thed Buzard a North Star tighter whose Bike bears the number 911. The 19-year-old was taken out in the first Moto by his Fairbanks motor sports teammate and Fairbanks Points Leader Chris Leib who was overtaking another rider. A a in a glad he did it it was too bad i had to go Down a Buzard said adding that same team racers will often give each other a Clear path or hold a spot if one Falls. A we help each other i Buzard himself was helped into the sport by Jeremy Riddle who was one of the states top four racers in the expert Claas before suffering a severe injury three weeks ago Riding at Polar roller in preparation for this weekends races Riddle crashed and broke his Back in three places a it was one of the faster spots in the track a Riddle said a i ended and my Bike landed on me. The doctor said 6-10 weeks so ill be Mit for a while a Riddle Hopes to be Back in action when the seasons first race Rolls around next april in Anchorage i injuries were few on sunday in Imoto Page c-4 Nom Grill it a news my it Quot Elkington wins playoff for pm flying High Erie Munson competed in the 250cc expert class sunday afternoon during the fourth event of the Alaska statewide Motocross series by Ron Sirak a sports writer los Angeles while they waited for the playoff for the pc championship to Start Colin Montgomery rapped putts on the practice Green and Steve Elkington wrapped his arms around his infant daughter Montgomerie was on a Roll and did no to want to lose that momentum. Elkington was still recovering after watching Montgomerie Force sudden death with a twisting 18-footer for Birdie on the final Hole. A a it a a terrible feeling when somebody makes a putt to tie you in a playoff especially when there a so much at stake like the pea a Elkington said. A but golfers Are thick skinned. They Are always Semi prepared even though in the Back of your mind there is this Guy who says he a going to somewhere perhaps in that tender snuggle with his tiny daughter Annie Elkington found the resolve to Bounce Back and win his first major championship. It was Elkington who rolled in a 25-footer for Birdie when they went Back hit to no. 18 for the sudden death playoff and then watched As Montgomerie s 20 footer Slid by on the right Side of the Hole making Elkington the pea Champion. A the thing i get out of my mind was that this was a historical moment a Elkington said. A if i win this i go Down in history. I get that out of my mind a it will also be a Long time before Montgomerie and Ernie Els forget what happened at Riviera country club. Montgomerie played brilliantly Down the stretch and forced the playoff with birdies on the last three holes including that putt on no. 18 but it was the second time in a year he lost a major championship in a playoff dropping the . Open last year to Els a the Only thing i can say about myself is i did nothing wrong a Montgomerie said. A the won the tournament. I did not lose the tournament and there you go for Els this was supposed to be his Coronation As the next dominant golfer he came into the final round with a three stroke Lead Over Mark of Meara and Jeff Maggert and was five ahead of Montgomerie and six spa. Pm c-4

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