Trump vs Jake Tapper as Mickey Mantle vs Denny McLain 1968

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Trump vs Jake Tapper as Mickey Mantle vs Denny McLain 1968

One final word on Trump’s appear­ance on Jake Tap­per, it reminded me of a famous story about Mickey Man­tle in 1968 his final sea­son in the Majors.

The Date was Sep­tem­ber 19th 1968 The Yan­kees were los­ing to Detroit 61 in the their final game of the year at Tiger Sta­dium when Mickey Man­tle came to the plate with one out in the 8th for the final time before the fans in Detroit.

In three plate appear­ance Man­tle had a hit and two walks and had scored the only Yan­kees run on a bases loaded walk with two out in the 6th when he stepped into the bat­ter box to face Denny McLain but while the Mick was hav­ing a bet­ter day then his team, in truth Man­tle was, by this time was a shadow of his for­mer self.

Only his 106 walks (2nd behind Carl Yastrzemski’s 119) gave any sign of the player he once was. In 1968 he would hit a career worst .237 dri­ving in only 54 runs. And while his 18 home runs would lead that Yan­kees that sea­son it would be his low­est power pro­duc­tion in a sea­son when he had played more than 100 games and had 400 plate appearances.

Mean­while the man on the mound Denny McLain was on his way to one of the great­est sea­sons ever for a pitcher in the mod­ern era. He would win the Cy Young AND MVP with a 316 record and a 1.96 ERA despite lead­ing the league in Innings pitched (336) com­plete games (28) bat­ters faced (1304) and iron­i­cally home runs sur­ren­dered (31).

Man­tle had been a hero to McLain and with the game in hand decided he was going to let him make some his­tory. I’ll let the Mick him­self tell the story himself:

Man­tle didn’t swing at that first pitch dead cen­ter over the plate that he knew was com­ing and describes the look Free­han gave him as if to say: “How did you not clob­ber that pitch?”

For­get­ting all the cir­cus that has come since, the bot­tom line is you don’t get a much fat­ter pitch in the game of pol­i­tics than: “Do you denounce the KKK and David Duke?” and when Trump didn’t knock that fat pitch out of the park the look of dis­be­lief on Jake Tapper’s face must have been very much like the look Bill Free­han gave Man­tle that Sep­tem­ber day in Detroit.

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One final word on Trump’s appearance on Jake Tapper, it reminded me of a famous story about Mickey Mantle in 1968 his final season in the Majors.

The Date was September 19th 1968 The Yankees were losing to Detroit 6-1 in the their final game of the year at Tiger Stadium when Mickey Mantle came to the plate with one out in the 8th for the final time before the fans in Detroit.

In three plate appearance Mantle had a hit and two walks and had scored the only Yankees run on a bases loaded walk with two out in the 6th when he stepped into the batter box to face Denny McLain but while the Mick was having a better day then his team, in truth Mantle was, by this time was a shadow of his former self.

Only his 106 walks (2nd behind Carl Yastrzemski’s 119) gave any sign of the player he once was. In 1968 he would hit a career worst .237 driving in only 54 runs. And while his 18 home runs would lead that Yankees that season it would be his lowest power production in a season when he had played more than 100 games and had 400 plate appearances.

Meanwhile the man on the mound Denny McLain was on his way to one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher in the modern era. He would win the Cy Young AND MVP with a 31-6 record and a 1.96 ERA despite leading the league in Innings pitched (336) complete games (28) batters faced (1304) and ironically home runs surrendered (31).

Mantle had been a hero to McLain and with the game in hand decided he was going to let him make some history. I’ll let the Mick himself tell the story himself:

Mantle didn’t swing at that first pitch dead center over the plate that he knew was coming and describes the look Freehan gave him as if to say: “How did you not clobber that pitch?”

Forgetting all the circus that has come since, the bottom line is you don’t get a much fatter pitch in the game of politics than: “Do you denounce the KKK and David Duke?” and when Trump didn’t knock that fat pitch out of the park the look of disbelief on Jake Tapper’s face must have been very much like the look Bill Freehan gave Mantle that September day in Detroit.

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It’s Monday and we hope to reverse a slow weekend where we failed to make our quest for the $61 a day both day extending our annual deficit for the year at $1334 22 1/2 days behind the mark.

We would be delighted to reverse the trend of this weekend. To those who already have kicked in thank you so much. For those who can’t afford it, don’t worry about it but I do ask you to promote the site.

To those both able and inclined I’d really appreciate it if you’d help us close that gap by hitting DaTipJar.




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If less than 2/3 of 1% did, I’d be completely out of debt and able to attend CPAC

If a full 1% of our February readers subscribed at $10 a month I could afford to travel across the country covering the presidential race this year in person for a full month.

Plus of course all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.


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Either way thanks for reading and don’t be shy about letting us know what you think. One can’t improve without critique.