HBO Remembers ‘The Mick’


Almost 10 years after his death, baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle will be the subject of an HBO Sports documentary.

Mantle will debut on Home Box Office July 13 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST), the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and just one month short of the 10th anniversary of the slugger’s passing Aug. 13, 1995.

HBO Sports -- which has produced documentaries about fellow Yankees icons Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio -- will look at Mantle’s life on and off the field, including his alcoholism. In 1995, during a procedure to replace his damaged liver, Mantle was discovered to have inoperable cancer, and he died two months later.

The film will include interviews with Mantle’s wife, Merlyn; their sons, David and Danny Mantle; Billy Martin Jr., son of Mantle’s teammate and close friend, Billy Martin; Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner; teammates Jim Bouton, Bobby Murcer and Phil Linz; manager Ralph Houk; and broadcaster Bob Costas, who delivered the eulogy at “The Mick’s” funeral.

Speaking of Costas, he will bow a new show, Costas Now, on the premium channel May 13.

Appearing monthly, the one-hour sports-magazine program will incorporate some of the signature elements from On the Record with Bob Costas, which captured three Sports Emmy Awards in its four years on HBO.

The series will focus on fast-breaking, topical news stories. Production elements will include one-on-one interviews; hot-button newsmaker issues; enterprising journalistic and feature stories; essays and commentaries from Costas; and a sprinkling of humor and history, according to HBO officials.