Sport: Erratic Superstar

Relinquishing his omniscience for just a few seconds, Casey Stengel said: "God knows, I don't know what's wrong with Mickey Mantle."

Since God is not talking, Mickey's teammates and the country's sportswriters have had to try to figure it out for themselves.

A ten-year veteran at 28, Mantle should be in his peak years. He still has perhaps the highest potential in major-league history, and his past record is star caliber. But Mantle is wildly erratic. At his best, he hits home runs in fusillades—as he was doing last week. At his worst, he...

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