I’ve yet to notice any discussion on the local chat boards about what may be one of the most important additions yet to Bricktown – a Mickey Mantle museum – as detailed in this story by Berry Tramel. This is one of a handful of potential attractions that could be coming to Bricktown, and all of them have the potential of transforming Bricktown from a regional to a national tourist destination.
Think about it – some names will remain eternal as sports legends: Babe Ruth, Mohammad Ali, Pete Rose, Jim Thorpe, Joe Namath … and yeah, absolutely, Mickey Mantle.
People will come. Oh yes, they will come.
I’ll argue with Berry about Mantle’s visits to OKC. Just read Pody Poe’s biography and you’ll quickly discover Mickey Mantle was a regular at Poe’s Nichols Hills “casino.”
Of course, OKC should jump on this opportunity. Build it out on the first floor of the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark between LIT and the Mickey Mantle statue, facing Mickey Mantle Drive, across from the Mickey Mantle Steakhouse. It’s a natural spot – and don’t forget that Mickey Mantle graces every seat at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Surely there’s a way to make this museum a reality.