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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fond Farewell for Mick

DALLAS () -- Baseball said farewell and thanks to Mickey Mantle, remembering his glory and flaws at a funeral that drew tears from the overflow crowd of 1,200 people -- but also the kind of laughter that the Oklahoma country boy evoked with his wry humor.


"It occurs to me as we're all sitting here thinking of Mickey, he's probably somewhere getting an earful from Casey Stengel, and no doubt quite confused by now,'' television broadcaster Bob Costas said in a warm and moving eulogy that frequently had laughter echoing off the walls of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on Tuesday.


Mantle, who died Sunday of liver cancer at age 63, was "the most compelling baseball hero of our lifetime,'' Costas told the crowd that included acting commissioner Bud Selig, former New York Yankees teammates, the governors of three states and ordinary fans.