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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 5:22 am 
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This was one of the quotes of the day today, Wednesday, November 6:

If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
Mickey Mantle

I've always seen that ascribed to jazz pianist Eubie Blake. And that makes more sense anyway, since Blake lived past 100. What's your source?

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This one is pretty much, in my humble opinion, a "toss-up" between the two.

The quote has been attributed to Mickey Mantle, Eubie Blake, George Burns and Mark Twain (amongst others).

Here's one of them with a citation-
"If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. "
~James Hubert (Eubie) Blake (1893-1983), On reaching the age of 100, quoted in Observer (13 Feb, 1983): 'Sayings of The Week'

Here are some others:

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The "Baseball Almanac" gives it to Mantle
"If I knew I'd live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." - Mickey Mantle
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/quomant.shtml

And it is revealed here, that Mantle "appropriated" the line from:
Mantle was friends with Bobby Layne, the star quarterback for the Detroit Lions. It was from Layne that Mantle appropriated the line: "If I had known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
~from Mantle was charisma defined, By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016157.html

“We used to tease each other about whose liver was going to go first. I never thought it would end for him this way,” said Mantle. Part of the reason for Mantle’s high living was his suspicion that he would follow his father and grandfather to an early grave. At age 46 he said, “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”
~author unknown, found at
http://www.netpath.net/~bauer/players/mantle.htm


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I'll mark that one as "attributed" to Mantle for now.

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Holy cow! The quotations game is a tough racket!

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