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Tom Greenwade Wasn’t Convinced Of Mickey Mantle’s Future Greatness

Published by on June 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Mickey Mantle played semi pro baseball at the age of 17 for the Baxter Springs Whiz Kids.

Early in 1948, the Whiz Kids' manager, Barney Barnett, who had recruited Mickey for his team and had assured Mickey's father, Elvin "Mutt" Mantle that he would help his son become a professional, asked Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade to watch Mickey play.

The First Time Tom Greenwade Scouted Mickey Mantle

In August, Tom Greenwade attended a Whiz Kids in a game at Alba, Missouri.

One of the Whiz Kids' pitchers was little Mickey Mantle, who also played some shortstop.

Greenwade later said, "He was kind of a bitty thing and not too much to see."

Greenwade was more impressed with the Whiz ...

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