Mantle's life story to become Broadway show

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mickey Mantle may have become a legend in the Bronx, but the Hall of Famer is about to take a few swings on Broadway.

Mantle's sons, Danny and David, have teamed with writer and producer David Leaf to bring their father's story to the Great White Way. Plans for the production were first reported by, which said that the group will now begin meeting with potential creative team members.

"There has been so much written about my dad over the years," Danny Mantle told the website. "When my brother and I met David Leaf, we felt we could work with him to finally tell the real story of who our dad was as a man.

"Late in his life, Dad spoke openly about what he felt were his shortcomings when it came to our family. The truth is, he gave so much more to all of us than what he, or anyone else, gave him credit for. Now is our chance."

The announcement came exactly 44 years after Mantle's retirement from baseball on March 1, 1969. Mantle hit 536 home runs over his storied 18-year career with the Yankees.