Inside the World's Finest Private Collections
by Stephen Wong
HarperCollins, 2005 | Buy the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble
The original photograph of Charles Merkel with Mickey Mantle was taken before the start of the game between the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees at Sportsmanís Park in the summer of 1952. The photo was autographed by Mantle when Charles Merkel met him again nearly 40 years later at the Mantle/Ford Fantasy Camp.
From Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections by Stephen Wong.
Copyright © 2005 by Stephen Wong. Excerpted with permission.