Billy and The Mick.

billyThe air is getting more crisp in the mornings and I’m looking forward to Fall and sweaters and hot coffee in the early AM hours. I walked the dog in the wet air, and after peeing in his preferred spots I came home, made my girlfriend a bagel with cream cheese and then sat down for some light reading. I found this to be a rather funny excerpt from the current book on the “devour list,”Billy Martin’s 1987 book, Billyball:

…Mickey Mantle and I were in (the club) and sitting across the room was Elizabeth Taylor. She was with Michael Todd, who was her husband at the time, and Rock Hudson. Ed Wynne came over and asked if Mickey and I would pose for a picture with the three of them. I said we’d be glad to.


Perhaps The Mick was on to something.

We went over and Ed makes the introductions all around, and let me tell you, I looked at Elizabeth Taylor’s face and it was like looking at the face of an angel. Her features were perfect. She was simply lovely, the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life. I just couldn’t believe a woman could be that beautiful. And she was wearing a low-cut dress. Oh, my God, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

So Ed introduces us and she’s very nice and sweet although I’m not even sure she knew who we were. And we pose for pictures and that was it, the whole thing took no more than a few minutes. Now Mickey and I return to our table and I just can’t get over how beautiful Elizabeth Taylor is. I’m talking a mile a minute.

“Mickey”, I said, “Did you see that face? Did you you ever see such a face? That is the most beautiful face I have ever seen in my life.”

“I ain’t seen her face,” Mickey said. “but did you see them tits?”

2 thoughts on “Billy and The Mick.

  1. steve

    That was funny. Ya know, I’m reading it and looking over at the picture and thinking, yeh, she does have a perfect face and I’m reading some more and enjoying the giddy up in Billy’s voice and then bam! Mickey catches me by surprise. I guess that’s what makes it so great!

  2. glenrussellslater

    That IS a good story. One thing you left out, though—- What kind of a bagel was it? A regular bagel or a Bialy? Did you know that bialys were named after the city where they were originated, Bialystok, Poland? That’s where my father’s side of the family came from before coming to America. Our original last name is Slotkin. Did you know that there was a Bialystok Uprising similar to the Warsaw Uprising during WW2, but it didn’t get the publicity of the Warsaw Uprising? True! As Casey Stengel used to say, “You can look it up!”



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