Sport: The One Who Beats Them

"I hope you live to be 500, because if anything happens to you, I'll be the ugliest man in the world."

Few baseball players get away with talking to their manager like that. But when the player is Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra will take all the lip he hands out. At 32 Mantle is at least a couple of steps slower than when he broke into the American League 13 seasons ago. He has a chronically weak right shoulder and his knees are crosshatched with scars from cartilage operations—the most recent of them last winter. He runs as if he were on...

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