Mickey Mantle “retirement” on The Ed Sullivan Show
Dave Carney 3/1/2021
On March 1st 1969 Yankee legend Mickey Mantle retired from Major League Baseball.
Eight days later, on March 9, 1969 Mickey went on the most popular show of the day (The Ed Sullivan Show) to “announce” his retirement to the country.
Watching one of baseball’s biggest stars call it a career on the nations top TV program highlighted what baseball meant to America in those days, and by contrast, how much things have changed in American sports consumption, and television programming in general.