Mickey Mantle

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle

Profession: Baseball Legend

United States of America

Biography: Regarded by many as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Mantle played center fielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons, from 1951 through 1968.

He appeared in 12 World Series, his team winning 7 of them, and holds numerous World Series batting records.

Born: October 20, 1931
Birthplace: Spavinaw, Oklahoma, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Died: August 13, 1995 (aged 63)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1951-12-23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Historical Events

  • 1951-04-17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
  • 1951-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits first career home run in 8-3 win v White Sox in Chicago; Minnie MiƱoso homers in Sox debut
  • 1952-07-26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer
  • 1953-04-17 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
  • 1953-10-03 NY Yankees legendary center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; NY wins series, 4-2
  • 1954-09-26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop
  • 1955-05-13 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'
  • 1955-06-05 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce
  • 1955-06-19 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100
  • 1955-09-16 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt
  • 1956-05-18 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time
  • 1956-05-30 Mickey Mantle misses by 18 inches hitting 1st home run out of Yankee Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators
  • 1956-06-20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers, the only player to ever do so
  • 1956-09-18 Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 HRs in a season
  • 1956-09-21 New York Yankees set dubious MLB record, stranding 20 on base; Mickey Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but rival Boston Red Sox win 13-9 at Fenway Park
  • 1956-09-29 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87
  • 1956-09-29 Yanks Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd HR of season
  • 1957-07-26 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
  • 1957-11-22 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 2nd time
  • 1960-07-04 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs
  • 1960-09-10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643' HR over right field roof in Detroit
  • 1960-11-02 New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris beats teammate Mickey Mantle for American League MVP Award, 225-222; second-closest vote ever
  • 1961-09-10 Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400
  • 1962-07-06 NY Yankees 'M&M boys' Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit 2 HRs each in 7-5 win v Twins, Mantle his 4th consecutive homer
  • 1962-11-20 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time
  • 1963-02-27 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000
  • 1963-05-22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
  • 1964-08-12 Mickey Mantle switch-hits HR record 10th & final time in a game with one going up 502 feet
  • 1964-08-29 On Elston Howard Night, NY Yankees Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)
  • 1964-09-17 Yankee Mickey Mantle gets career hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR in 6-2 victory over Los Angeles Angels at New York
  • 1964-10-14 Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit HRs runs on back-to-back pitches
  • 1965-04-09 1st baseball game at Houston Astrodome, Astros beat NY Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits MLB's 1st indoor homerun; US President Lyndon Johnson and wife Lady Bird attend
  • 1965-09-18 Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium: Mantle play his 2,000th game
  • 1967-05-14 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Baltimore Oriole's Stu Miller
  • 1968-09-19 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR
  • 1968-09-20 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
  • 1969-03-01 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average
  • 1969-06-08 MLB legend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired
  • 1970-04-12 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio
  • 1974-08-12 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st teammates inducted to hall of fame on same day
  • 1983-02-08 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino
  • 1985-03-18 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle
  • 1986-05-14 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place
  • 1988-07-14 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place
  • 1990-06-09 Dodger Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle with baseball's switch hit HRs in 10 games
  • 2022-08-28 A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $12.6 million at auction, becoming the world's most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia

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