Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
A courageous Mickey Mantle achieved greatness
despite an arrested case of osteomyelitis, numerous injuries and frequent surgery. The
powerful New York Yankee baseball switch-hitter belted 536 homers (many of the tape-measure
variety), won the American League home run and slugging titles four times, collected 2,415
hits, and batted .300 or more 10 times. The three-time MVP was named to 20 All-Star teams. He
holds numerous World Series records, including most home runs (18).
Born in Oklahoma in 1931, he had some great
Christian friends, not the least of which was teammate, Bobby Richardson. Mantle was a party
person and drinker who ended up needing a liver transplant; Bobby was "lily white"
That friendship led to what Richardson calls the
"most humbling experience of my life."
"I was in Dallas, Texas, for the All-Star game and
Mickey had just had a liver transplant and was back in the hospital," Richardson recalls.
"The phone rang that morning at 5:00. I answered the phone and it was Mickey. He said, 'Let
me speak to Bobby. I want him to pray for me. I'm really hurting.' We talked on the phone
that morning and had prayer later that day with Mickey and his wife."
As they talked, Mantle reminded Richardson of the
funeral of teammate Roger Maris.
"Mickey was a pallbearer and I had a part in the
funeral," Richardson said. "Mickey came up to me and said, 'I want you to handle my
After the visit, Richardson and his wife returned
to Sumter. Two weeks later, he received a phone call that his friend, Mickey Mantle, had
taken a turn for the worst.
"Immediately we were on a plane flying for
Dallas," he said. "I walked into the medical center and (Mantle) had a smile on his face. He
said, 'I can't wait to tell you this. I've accepted Christ as my savior.'"
Richardson was stunned. He recalled sharing his
love of God with Mantle over the years, but he knew at the time that Mantle just wasn't
ready. "I said, 'Mickey lets go over this and make sure you understand.'"
When Richardson shared the information with his
wife, she had a similar response. They returned to see Mantle, and they talked about Christ
and prayed. Mantle quoted John 3:16 and talked about what he had found.
Mantle died soon after that in 1995 in Dallas,
"I had the
humbling experience of conducting Mickey's funeral on national television," Richardson
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You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now