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There’s The Guy Who Did It

     While traveling on the bus going to the L.A. Coliseum to play the L.A. Dodgers during the 1963 World Series, Mickey Mantle ends up sitting behind Gus Mauch, the Yankee trainer.  Gus has a huge crop of hair and was always very particular about his hair and how he looked.  Mantle is chewing gum and decided to take a little piece of gum, roll it between his fingers, and throw it at the back of Mauch’s hair.  Gus takes a swipe with his hand like there’s a fly or something   So Mantle throws another and this goes on for a while, Mantle throwing gum and Mauch swiping away with his hand.  Gus never once turns around or thinks there was something in his hair.  Now they get to the coliseum and, after batting practice, Gus comes in the locker room looking around.  He is mad as hell and looking for the culprit.  Gus says, “I want to know who put that gum in my hair.”  Mantle is leaning over tying his shoes trying not to laugh.  Everybody else is laughing or professing their innocence.  Gus gets so mad he takes his finger and sweeps full circle around the room pointing at everyone and says, “I hope the guy that did this breaks his leg today.”  Poor Moose Skowron tears his hamstring running hard to first base in the game.  As they bring him into the clubhouse, Mantle goes over to Gus and points at Moose and says, “There’s the guy who did it.”
                                                                     Andy Purvis


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