Handwritten copy of Mickey Mantle's deathbed speech up for auction

April 2, 2012; Miami FL, USA; A detailed view of New York Yankees helmets before a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mickey Mantle lived hard and suffered the consequences by dying miserably from cancer. With death looming, the Mick wanted to send a message out to his fans imploring them not to end up like him.

So the Mick grabbed a pen and scrawled out a farewell speech, full of worldly wisdom. He delivered the words he needed to say and four weeks later, passed on to the great baseball diamond in the sky.

Now thanks to Grey Flannel Auctions, you can buy Mantle’s original handwritten Farewell, Cruel World speech.

Which, it turns out, was scrawled on the back of a PGA tour score card.

Some rich Yankee fan is going to buy that, frame it and hang it on his wall. Next to an autographed picture of himself posing like an idiot with Willie Randolph.

That’s where the Mick’s final stirring words will end up. On some d-bag’s office wall. Looking down at him while he practices with one of those indoor putting greens.

Could some Good Guy Yankee fan buy the speech and donate it to the Hall of Fame? Billy Crystal? Step up, man.

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