Mickey Mantle Bunting
The opening of the 2012 baseball season is only weeks away. It is a time to practice skills that may be needed during the regular season.
In this photograph from 1963, Mickey Mantle is attempting to bunt against the Cincinnati Reds in a spring training game. Mantle would bunt frequently during the early years of his career, many times to try and beat it out. But as his knees went through wear and tear, he would rarely attempt to bunt for hits in the 1960’s. So a spring training game was a good time to get in some bunting practice.
Here he appears to miss the drag bunt as Elston Howard watches from the on-deck circle. The Yankees lost this game 4-2.