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- A popular hero and champion in a field.
1957 September 20, “Egged On: Meggi Lays Claim To Another Title”, Park City Daily News:
- Meggi O'Day, the Mickey Mantle of the poultry world, has added another championship to her list of titles. The little Leghorn hen laid another egg....
1974 October, Boys' Life, volume 64, page 9:
- It isn't easy to explain why Danny Blancheflower, the Mickey Mantle of English soccer 15 years ago, says, "Your country is a great frontier town and you have great big attitudes toward things
1979, Bill Neville, Real steel: an investor's and philosopher's guide to the American automobile, pages 22:
- This does not mean that the 1940 Buick was the Mickey Mantle of automobiles, but it was an all-star
1990, Emily Couric, The Trial Lawyers: The Nation's Top Litigators Tell How They Win, pages 163:
- "The engineers that were put to work on this are ... the Willie Mayses and the Mickey Mantles of the engineering profession. They are devoted, intelligent, honest engineers."
1998 February 23, Kristina Dorsey, “'Damn Yankees' Not A Homer, But A Solid Hit”, The Day:
- "Damn Yankees" isn't the Mickey Mantle of musical comedies
2004, Business week, number 3914-3922:
- Says James Swanson, chief investment strategist at MFS Investment Management: "They are the Mickey Mantles of the investing world." Harvard Management has achieved this with a formula that bears little resemblance to that of the average
2005, R. Simmons, Real Life Lessons for Teens:
- Nearly all the answers were entertainers or athletes, the Mickey Mantles of your generation - until Sept. 11, 2001
2005, David Ansel, The soup peddler's slow & difficult soups: recipes & reveries, pages 148:
- ... the Mickey Mantle of soups, then avgolemono, if you'll humor me, is the Eddie Murray of soups
2007, Christopher Russo; Allen St. John, Matthew Shepatin, The Mad Dog Hall of Fame, pages 137:
- And that combination of Hair and efficiency really helped him [Johnny Unitas] become one of football's first television stars, kind of the Mickey Mantle of professional football.