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Mickey Mantle Career Stats

1951 Yankees 96 341 61 91 11 5 13 65 43 74 .267 .349 .443
1952 Yankees 142 549 94 171 37 7 23 87 75 111 .311 .394 .530
1953 Yankees 127 461 105 136 24 3 21 92 79 90 .295 .398 .497
1954 Yankees 146 543 129 163 17 12 27 102 102 107 .300 .408 .525
1955 Yankees 147 517 121 158 25 11 37 99 113 97 .306 .431 .611
1956 Yankees 150 533 132 188 22 5 52 130 112 99 .353 .464 .705
1957 Yankees 144 474 121 173 28 6 34 94 146 75 .365 .512 .665
1958 Yankees 150 519 127 158 21 1 42 97 129 120 .304 .443 .592
1959 Yankees 144 541 104 154 23 4 31 75 93 126 .285 .390 .514
1960 Yankees 153 527 119 145 17 6 40 94 111 125 .275 .399 .558
1961 Yankees 153 514 132 163 16 6 54 128 126 112 .317 .448 .687
1962 Yankees 123 377 96 121 15 1 30 89 122 78 .321 .486 .605
1963 Yankees 65 172 40 54 8 0 15 35 40 32 .314 .441 .622
1964 Yankees 143 465 92 141 25 2 35 111 99 102 .303 .423 .591
1965 Yankees 122 361 44 92 12 1 19 46 73 76 .255 .379 .452
1966 Yankees 108 333 40 96 12 1 23 56 57 76 .288 .389 .538
1967 Yankees 144 440 63 108 17 0 22 55 107 113 .245 .391 .434
1968 Yankees 144 435 57 103 14 1 18 54 106 97 .237 .385 .398

18 Years 2,401 8,102 1,677 2,415 344 72 536 1,509 1,733 1,710 .298 .421 .557

Mickey Mantle Biography

 Mickey Charles Mantle, born October 20, 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Named by his Father "Mutt" Mantle after Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane. When Mickey was four years old, his family moved to the nearby town of Commerce, Oklahoma.

 Mickey Mantle was an all-around athlete at Commerce High School, playing basketball, football, and baseball. It was football playing that nearly ended his athletic career, and his life. Kicked in the shin during a game, Mantle's leg soon became infected with osteomyelitis, a crippling disease that would have been incurable just a few years earlier. A midnight ride to Tulsa enabled Mantle to be treated with newly available penicillin, saving his leg from amputation. He would suffer from the effects of the disease for the rest of his life, and it would lead to many other injuries that hampered his accomplishments.

 In 1948 playing semi-pro Ball as a shortstop in Baxter Springs (KS) Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade came to Baxter Springs to watch Mickey's teammate, third baseman Billy Johnson. During the game Mickey Mantle hit two homers, one right handed, and one left handed into a river well past the ballpark's fences. Greenwade wanted to sign Mickey on the spot but, upon finding out that he was only sixteen and still in high school, told him he would come back to sign him with the Yankees on his graduation day in 1949. Good to his word, Greenwade was there right on schedule, signing Mickey Mantle to a minor league contract with the Yankees Class D team in Independence.

 April 17, 1951 the 19 year old Mickey Mantle broke into the big leagues with the New York Yankees wearing uniform number 6. After a bad start Mickey was sent down to the minors. He told his dad he was going to quit, and his father told him to pack his bags to come home. After a second thought to try again Mickey was then called up again to the Yankees, and was then issued number 7 for good. Mickey became the regular right fielder playing only a few games at shortstop and third base between 1952 to 1955. He moved to center field in 1952, replacing Joe DiMaggio, who retired at the end of the 1951 season. During the 1951 World Series Mickey tripped on a water drain in the outfield, a serious injury that affected his playing for the rest of his career.

"On two legs, Mickey Mantle would have been the greatest ballplayer who ever lived."

- Nellie Fox

 The Greatest switch hitter of all time Mickey Mantle led the American League in home runs four times, was named the most valuable player in the American League three times. including 1956 when he won the Triple crown. That Year Mickey batted .356 hit 52 Home Runs, and knocked in 130 RBIs. Mickey Mantle was a 16 time All-star, played on 12 pennant winning teams, and owns 7 World Series Rings. Mantle still hold many post season records including a record 18 World Series Home runs.

"If that guy were healthy, he'd hit eighty home runs." - Carl Yastrzemski

 Mickey Mantle also hit some of the longest home runs in Major League history. On September 10, 1960, he hit a ball that cleared the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium in Detroit that was estimated years after to have traveled 643 feet. Another Mickey Mantle homer at Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953, was measured to have traveled 565 feet. One of his most famous home runs came inches away from clearing the Yankee Stadium facade to be the only hitter to hit the ball out of Yankee Stadium. The Ball was still traveling up when it hit.

 On January 16, 1961, Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid active baseball player by signing a $75,000 contract. Years after he retired Mantle was asked with the High salaries ball players are getting paid today. How much did he think he would make. He Smiled, and said he would walk into George Steinbrenner's office and say "Hello Partner"

 After years of Playing in pain due to all the leg injuries, Mickey called it quits after the 1968 season. When Mickey Mantle retired he was third on the all time list for Home runs with 536 behind Babe Ruth 714, and Willie Mays 583.

 On Mickey Mantle Day, June 8, 1969, in addition to the retirement of his uniform number 7, Mantle was given a plaque that would hang on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, near the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins. The plaque was given to him by Joe DiMaggio, and Mantle then gave DiMaggio a similar plaque, telling the crowd, "His should be just a little bit higher than mine."

 The men in Mickey's family lived short lives. Mickey's Father died at the age of 39, and Mantle thought his faith would be as such. Later in his life Mickey was quoted as saying that if he knew he would live this long he would have taken better care of himself. After years of alcohol abuse Mickey Mantle was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1994. In June of 1995 Mickey received a liver transplant. At a press conference Mickey noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model; "This is a role model: Don't be like me". Before he died in August 1995 at the age of 63 of liver cancer He established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. He was very proud of this. 

  "It occurs to me as we're all sitting here thinking of Mickey, he's probably somewhere getting an earful from Casey Stengel, and no doubt quite confused by now"

- From Bob Costas' Eulogy for Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle Quotes

"Hitting the ball was easy. Running around the bases was the tough part."

"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide."

"After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases." 

"My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me everyday after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and righty against my granddad." 

"Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, 'Sure, every time.' 

"Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else's brain, who knows how good a player I might have been."

"To play 18 years in Yankee Stadium is the best thing that could ever happen to a ballplayer." 

"You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth."

"Sorry Mickey, but because of the way you lived on Earth, you can't come in. But, before you leave, would you autograph these baseballs for me." - Mantle quoting St. Peter at the Pearly Gates from a dream he said he had.

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