BROADWAY-Mickey Mantle's sons, Danny and David, have evolved into Broadway producers with one play in mind: the life of their father. They aren't planning to wash that man out of their hair.
Their goal corners the market on movies and plays about the greatest New York Yankee (outside of Babe Ruth). Mickey also seems to have the advantage of having fans that are approaching their dotage and money to spend on an expensive New York evening at the theatre, instead of dancing all night.
From winning a Triple Crown and many World Series to playing drunk and hammering more than baseballs with his bat, Mickey has a dark streak-but don't expect Golden Boy.
By producing his life story with an adoring writer, the sons plan to control the ultimate pop culture image that comes with plays and movies about heroes who come from a land where the corn grows as high as an elephant's eye.
Already fans are counting on the right actor to 'trod the boards' of Broadway with greasepaint and eye darkener. Most believe the greatest Mantle player has already done the role in 61*, the Billy Crystal movie of 2001 that truly focused on Roger Maris.
Thomas Jane won his ever-lasting fame with the role the Mick, and sometimes actors don't want to chase the same script fifteen years later-unless the signing bonus makes Mr. Jane a true bonus baby.
Mickey retired 44 years ago, but remains an icon of blond pulchritude, but not blond rectitude. His sons plan to change all that by sharing their warmest memories of having a superstar as a semi-missing in action Dad when 1950s sit-coms demanded father know best.
Plays about sports figures have become all the rage with Vince Lombardi as well as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson having shown the magnetic power to attract paying customers who don't usually spend a night at the theatre.