Sunday, March 1, 2015

Player Profile: Mickey Brantley

I have fifteen cards of Mickey Brantley. This one is from 1987 Donruss.

Playing career: Outfielder Mickey Brantley played for the Mariners from 1986 to 1989. In 302 games he hit .259 with 32 HR and 125 RBI.

Interesting facts: While a minor-leaguer at home in the off-season in Catskill, NY he worked in the local Boys Club with a high-school boxer named Mike Tyson. Tyson often ate at the Brantley’s home and according to Brantley, "Mike wanted to date my younger sister -- that was not going to happen.” Brantley invited 49 friends to his first game at Yankee Stadium in August of 1986, among them Tyson, who three months later would become the youngest ever world heavyweight champion.

Brantley’s son, Michael Brantley, is a star outfielder for the Indians.

Where he is now: President & General Manager of All American Prospects baseball instruction in Florida.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Mickey Br, between Mickey Breton, a telecom executive in the Virgin Islands, and Mickey Brueckner, a gym owner in New Jersey. There do not appear to be any other prominent Mickey Brantleys.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rob Brantly.

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