Mickey Mantle's home is on South Quincy Street in Commerce, Oklahoma. The Hall of Fame baseball slugger was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma on October 20, 1931 to Elvin Charles Mantle and Lovell Mantle. When he was four years old the family moved here to Commerce where Elgin worked in the local zinc and lead mines. It was on this lawn that the young Mantle first played baseball with his father and grandfather, Charles. His father would pitch right-handed to him while his grandfather would pitch left-handed. Mantle would then hit left-handed against his father and right-handed against his grandfather, forcing him to master his switch hitting skills. He attended nearby Commerce High School, which unveiled a statue to him in 2010. He also began playing baseball in Baxter Springs, Kansas, where he was spotted by the Yankees scout Tom Greenwade. Upon his graduation from high school in 1949, Mantle was offered a minor league contract with the team. His major league career began in 1951.