Do Me a Service?

Supposedly a story in baseball great Micky Mantle's autobiography.

Mantle, with several friends, was out looking for a place to hunt. They pulled into a farmer's yard, and Mantle got out and went up to the farmhouse to ask permission to hunt.

"Sure you can hunt," the old farmer said, "but would you do me a favor? That old mule standing over there is 20 years old and sick with cancer, but I don't have the heart to kill her. Would you do it for me?"

Mantle took a look, said "sure," and headed back to the car.

While walking back, however, he decided to pull a trick on his hunting buddies. He got into the car and when they asked if the farmer had said OK, he said, "No, we can't hunt here, but I'm going to teach that old cuss a lesson."

With that, Mantle rolled down his window, stuck his gun out and blasted the mule. As he exclaimed, "There, that will teach him!" a second shot rang out from the passenger side. "There," shouted Billy Martin. "I got the cow!"

Posted April 13, 2011

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