August 8, 1995 in Sports

Mantle Wants To Stay Put

Compiled From Wire Services

Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle has told doctors he doesn’t want to leave the hospital until his pain and discomfort stop.

“He said, ‘Look, I don’t want to go home and keep coming back”’ to the hospital, Dallas attorney Roy True said. “He said, ‘I want to feel good just like before. … Keep me here.”’

Mantle is fighting anemia caused by chemotherapy he was given for lung cancer. The cancer was discovered after Mantle underwent liver transplant surgery two months ago.

Mantle is in stable condition, but doctors are “a little concerned” that he still is anemic, said Denise Kile Walton, a spokeswoman for Baylor University Medical Center.

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