Posted February 18, 2014

Mickey Mantle is Almost Assuredly Farting in This Unpublished Photo from 1961

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Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In 1961, Life Magazine gave then 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera to take with him to spring training so that he could capture some candid images of what many believe to be one of the greatest baseball teams of all-time.

Life recently released the previously unpublished images along with updated commentary by Kubek in an interesting feature you can read in its entirety here.

But for now I’m kind of stuck contemplating whether the picture above is of Mickey Mantle farting. The facial expression, slight leg lift and the joyous reaction of his teammates all point to yes, making this perhaps the only photographic evidence we have that baseball players farted in 1961.

Mantle was known to have a somewhat crude sense of humor, as evidenced by this letter that circulated on the Internet a few years back.

Here are a few more great photos that Kubek took that were never published:

Yogi Berra reads about Yogi Berra :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Yogi Berra reads about Yogi Berra :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Part of a memo sent from Florida to the LIFE offices by Bob Fellows, a photographer who accompanied Kubek to spring training :: :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Part of a memo sent from Florida to the LIFE offices by Bob Fellows, a photographer who accompanied Kubek to spring training :: :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Whitey Ford :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Whitey Ford :: Tony Kubek—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

But just so you can get another look at it:

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You can check out the full gallery here.

4 comments
edlf
edlf

My favorite player?  A sports hero?  Mantle was a draft dodger.

VicDavy
VicDavy

Mickey was my favorite player. I could care less if he was farting in this photo,he was a joker who was loved by his teammates and millions of guys from my generation. I believe without all the injuries Mickey Mantle would have been the greatest player of all time. I saw him play many times and he was amazing. Hank Aaron,on the Letterman show,said in talking about himself and Willie Mays,thought Mickey was the most talented player he ever saw. In his prime,Mickey could run faster and hit the ball farther,from both sides of the plate, then any player in the history of Baseball. Mickey admitted, in his last days,that he was not a role model and realized he never fulfilled his potential. He was a terrible husband and father and an alcoholic. But, Lord have mercy, when he was on the ball field he was incredible.

dl0007
dl0007

Damn, looking at a picture of a  Baseball Icon pass gas 53 years after the fact! A Pulitzer Prize is on the way!

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

I wouldn't mind if you 'raised the bar' just a little higher, Dave, friends & editor (& Life® lunkheads), sparing us such "crude" deconstruction of our sport heroes (Mantle).  Why earlier Lifers didn't destroy it?  Some think everything is art.  But they did keep it under wraps 50 years for a reason.