Tony Kubek Once Brought A Camera To Spring Training, Then Mantle Farted

In the 1960s, the likelihood of taking at least one photograph of Mickey Mantle ripping — or pretending to rip — a fart during spring training was, evidently, quite high. Perhaps LIFE magazine's editors weren't aware of this, because in February 1961 they handed 25-year-old shortstop Tony Kubek a professional-grade… » 2/18/14 3:34pm 2/18/14 3:34pm

See Ya, Mick: The Best Photo Ever Taken Of A Great Athlete in Decline

All the recent hoopla around Mariano Rivera's retirement brings to mind other, crappier ways that famous athletes have elected to leave the game(s) they love. » 9/24/13 4:11pm 9/24/13 4:11pm

Bob Costas's Eulogy For Stan Musial Was Midwestern Sports Reverence At…

The gee whiz school of sports coverage has lost ground for years to the aw nuts crowd, largely because fans and media alike don't like playing the patsy to athletes' bogus lore. Lance was doping. Bobby Thomson stole signs. Manti was mourning a photograph with a nice voice. What's the world coming to when you can't even … » 1/26/13 6:34pm 1/26/13 6:34pm

Never-Before-Seen Spring Training Photos Of Yogi Berra And The '61…

Before the start of the 1961 baseball season, which ended with the Yankees' 19th World Series title, LIFE Magazine gave a camera to 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek and asked him to take portraits of his teammates. He shot Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and others at the team's spring… » 10/20/11 11:45am 10/20/11 11:45am

When Mays And Mantle Were Banned From Baseball: Putting A-Rod's…

As Alex Rodriguez stays in the headlines because he's Alex Rodriguez (even though he wasn't actually at the high-stakes poker game mentioned in the tabloids since he was playing in the World Series at the time), the real story is the re-emergence of baseball's complicated relationship with gambling. But if MLB were to… » 8/05/11 2:45pm 8/05/11 2:45pm