Mickey Mantle: The Poetry of Baseball

Special Traveling Exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center


In the 1950s, increased television viewing and media coverage combined with his athleticism helped to propel Mickey Mantle into a superstar, often compared to Babe Ruth. The Oklahoma native known as the “Commerce Comet” exemplified the spirit of a hero through his determination, perseverance, and courage. The Daily Oklahoman extensively covered Mantle throughout his career and life. Oklahomans and baby boomers across the nation were captivated by his talent and sportsmanship. This exhibit explores his life through black and white photographs seen in newsprint and uses the original reporters’ captions to highlight this Baseball Hall of Famer’s milestones.

The popularity of baseball poetry is widespread, also, so this is a perfect exhibit for ROMP. Many examples of baseball poetry are displayed in the museum to accompany this exhibit, andd interactive opportunities exist for visitors. All visitors can also pick out free baseball cards to take home with them

ROMP Baseball Art/Poetry Card Contest Winners!

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Oklahoma History Center of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.