Mickey Charles Mantle like his predecessor in the New York Yankees centerfield, Joe DiMaggio, became one of the most popular figures in sports history both during and after his playing career. He was originally assigned the number "6" to follow Babe Ruth's #3, Lou Gehrig's #4 and teammate Joe DiMaggio's #5. And, to add to the extraordinary pressure, DiMaggio announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 1951 season, Mickey's rookie campaign. The Yankees sent the young phenom to the Kansas City Blues, but after only 40 games with the club was called up to New York for the stretch run as the Yankees ran away with the American League pennant. Facing the New York Giants in the World Series, Mantle suffered a severe knee injury, potentially a torn ACL, in Game 2 chasing down a fly ball off the bat of fellow rookie Willie Mays.
The injury would nag him for the duration of his career. At the end of the season, Mickey moved over to the vacated centerfield, as Joltin' Joe DiMaggio entered retirement, and remained there for the majority of his career. In his first five seasons in New York, Mickey averaged 144 hits, 24 home runs and 89 RBI and starting in 1952, earned his first of 20 All-Star selections.In 1956, Mantle had a career year led the AL in batting average. 353, home runs (52) and RBI (130) to win the elusive Triple Crown as well as the American League Most Valuable Player award. He won his second consecutive AL MVP award in 1957 as he batted. 365 with 173 hits, 34 home runs and 94 RBI as well as a league-leading 121 runs scored and 146 walks.
He won a third AL MVP award in 1962. During what many refer to as the Golden Age of baseball; more young boys idolized. Than any other player of the era. He also led the Bronx Bombers to seven World Series titles during this span as he set the World Series all-time record for most career home runs with 18, most runs scored (42), RBI (40), walks (43), extra base hits (26) and total bases (123). In 1959, the Yankee acquired the power-hitting right fielder Roger Maris from the Kansas City Athletics and the two became fast friends, earning the nickname the.In 1961, Mantle and Maris captivated the American people as they began an assault on Babe Ruth's record 60 home runs in a single season. Mantle was unfortunately struck down my infection during the race for Ruth's record and finished the season with 54 dingers while Roger Maris topped The Babe on the final day of the season in Boston. But, during the chase, just as Mantle had experienced in New York after replacing the beloved Yankee Clipper, Maris struggled with the press and was portrayed as surly and "not a true Yankee" as many believed Mantle should have been the one to top Ruth's record. However, Mantle stood by Maris and helped him through all of the unwarranted criticism. Mickey played 18 years with the New York Yankees and lived a hard life of partying and carousing, not wanting to miss out on anything as he assumed he would suffer an early demise just as his father had and his grandfather before him.
Though his career was riddled with injuries that kept. Out of the lineup far too often, Mantle finished his playing career with a. 298 batting average, 2,415 hits including 536 home runs and drove in 1,509 RBI. In 1969, the Yankees retired his number "7" and in 1974, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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