Mickey Mantle and memorabilia money have always been a hot topic, but now a San Francisco man is at odds with the late Hall of Famer’s family.
More than a dozen years after he died, Mickey Mantle is apparently still capable of causing a stir.
His family has filed a lawsuit against Donald Rothgeb, a San Francisco entrepreneur who has been selling Mantle memorabilia including a videotaped interview with the Mick from 1988 on his website, TheMick.com. Mantle was paid $85,000 when the project began, but now the family wants to stop Rothgeb from marketing Mantle’s name and image on what he’s been calling the "official" Mantle site on the Internet.
The site appears above the Mantle family’s official site in Google searches. It’s operated by Mantle collector and fan Randall Swearingen.
"Mickey never said or suggested to me he disapproved of anything that I had done," Rothgeb says in court papers.
The Mantles have a bone to pick with the whole concept, according to a story appearing this week in the Village Voice.