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Independence, Mantle, and Miss Able

Independence, Mantle, and Miss Able: How an All American City, NASA, and Baseball Made History

Independence, Mantle and Miss Able chronicles the unlikely connection and extraordinary history of baseball, Mickey Mantle and NASA in the remarkable southeastern Kansas town of Independence. The first night game in Organized Baseball was played in Independence April 28, 1930 and Mickey Mantle played his first season in professional baseball in Independence for the Independence Yankees. The first successful NASA space shot in 1959 had two monkeys aboard and one of them, Miss Able, was born in the Independence zoo. Independence, Mantle and Miss Able is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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