The Wednesday Wars


Gary Schmidt

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Mickey Mantle Character Analysis

Mickey Mantle is a baseball player for the Yankees and is one of Holling's heroes. Around Christmas, he comes to the Baker Sporting Emporium to sign baseballs. Having just come from the play, Holling shows up in his Ariel costume, and Mantle disgustedly says he doesn't sign balls for boys in yellow tights. Both Holling and Danny, who witnessed this interaction, are crushed to realize that their so-called hero is mean to his fans.

Mickey Mantle Quotes in The Wednesday Wars

The The Wednesday Wars quotes below are all either spoken by Mickey Mantle or refer to Mickey Mantle. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Wednesday Wars published in 2007.
December Quotes

When gods die, they die hard. It's not like they fade away, or grow old, or fall asleep. They die in fire and pain, and when they come out of you, they leave your guts burned. It hurts more than anything you can talk about. And maybe worst of all is, you're not sure if there will ever be another god to fill their place. Or if you'd want another god to fill their place. You don't want fire to go out inside you twice.

Related Characters: Holling Hoodhood (speaker), Danny Hupfer, Mickey Mantle
Page Number: 93
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mickey Mantle Character Timeline in The Wednesday Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Mickey Mantle appears in The Wednesday Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Coming of Age Theme Icon
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The awfulness of December lifts one day when Mrs. Baker announces that Mickey Mantle , a famous Yankees baseball player, will be in town to sign baseballs at the... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Reading and Learning Theme Icon very long, and nobody will be able to both see the play and see Mickey Mantle . (full context)
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...knife's edge” and feels as though he wants Ariel's freedom as much as he wants Mickey Mantle 's autograph. Finally, the curtain call arrives and Holling walks onstage. He looks out at... (full context)
Family Theme Icon
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Holling sprints inside and comes face to face with Mickey Mantle . Mantle is sitting at a table with Mercutio Baker, Mrs. Baker's brother-in-law. Holling thinks... (full context)
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...puts his signed ball on the table, and says he doesn't need it. He calls Mickey Mantle a pied ninny. Holling gives Danny his clean ball, and the boys leave. Holling muses... (full context)