On This Date 8/13/1995

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Mickey Mantle dies in a Dallas hospital at the age of 63. The Hall of Famer had been battling cancer and had undergone a liver transplant a few months earlier. Mantle had been severely damaged due to years of heavy drinking. He had complete rehab at the Betty Ford clinic in 1994 and been sober for a year when he got the cancer diagnosis. In one of his final appearances, Mickey Mantle told fans via video, “Don’t Be Like Me.”

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