There are two statues of Mickey Mantle in the state of Oklahoma. One is installed outside Oklahoma City's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and shows the switch-hitting legend batting Left. This 7-foot, 6-inch bronze statue stands on a 3-foot granite base at the ballpark’s third base pavilion and was dedicated on the ballpark's opening day April 16, 1998.
But our feature today focuses on a nearly identical Mickey Mantle statue that stands further north, nearly 200 miles in his hometown of Commerce. This statue depicts Mantle batting right. Frozen in time as if he'd just slugged one of his mammoth home runs, the 9-foot-tall bronze statue stands just beyond the center field fence of the Commerce High School baseball field. Perched atop a granite base inside a miniature baseball diamond, this Mantle statue weighs over a ton and is named after Mickey’s nickname - "The Commerce Comet,"
We’ll share with you stories and information about how this came about as well as show you one of the miniature bronze replicas produced as part of a fund-raising campaign for the larger-than-life sized version – right here on this episode of History and Relics!
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