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Modified: September 28, 2008 at 12:00 am •  Published: September 28, 2008

ckey was besides perhaps the greatest player ever, a very courageous man considering his circumstances.”

Mick, Cleveland
Picture perfect
"Earlier this month I left a photograph of (Mantle) at the mausoleum. It's only a reprint, but I had it professionally matted and framed. It's actually a pretty neat picture that I've had for years. Last year I visited and ran into some people visiting who actually didn't know what he looked like. Hopefully it'll remain there so that people can enjoy. I visit Dallas a couple of times a year and I always make it a point to stop by and pay my respects. I'm 37 years old now, still a Yankee fan, through good and bad, and forever a fan of one great man named Mickey Mantle.”

Adam, El Paso, Texas
Be like Mickey
"I grew up just outside NYC in the '50s & '60s and idolized the Mick. We all wanted his number, to run, hit and field like he did, to fold our baseball caps just like him and to swing the lumber in the on-deck circle. We were all too young, too innocent and too overwhelmed by his smile and ability to play the game we all loved so dearly, to pay any attention to his off-field activities. Idols are hard to come by and even harder to keep on a pedestal, especially these days. It's sad to think that my children and grandchildren will never have a hero like him to revere.”

Jeff, Clearwater, Fla.
Prize baseball card
"I grew up in the '50s watching Mickey play. He was every kid's hero where I grew up. Whenever we bought gum, it was his card that was the big prize if we were lucky enough. I was one of the lucky ones.”

Carl, Atlanta