Centerfielder; New York Yankees 1951-1968
Mantle rates as one of the greatest players in baseball history;
he was the greatest switch-hitter the game has ever known.
Mantle led the league 27 times in various batting titles.
He led the league in home runs in four different years, he
won six runs scored crowns, four times he led the league in
walks, Mantle won three slugging titles, he led the league
in batting average and RBI's in 1956.
Mickey Mantle, was a popular and well-regarded
ballplayer and he won the Most Valuable Player Awards in 1956,
1957, and again in 1962. He is the only switch-hitter to win
the Triple Crown, accomplishing this in 1956 when he clubbed
52 home runs, batted .353 and had 130 RBI's. Mantle is one
of only three Triple Crown Winners who also won a Gold Glove
Award. Mantle was one of the greatest fielding centerfielders
of all-time. He was a league leading centerfielder in four
Mantle, when batting left-handed was timed
running from home-plate to first base in 3.1 seconds (the
fastest time of any player in history), this is incredible
feat. Mickey Mantle is the greatest late inning
clutch hitter that ever played. He led the New York Yankees
to twelve pennants and seven times the Yankees won the World
Championship. If the Yankees were tied or losing the
game in the late innings, Mantle would somehow come to their
rescue with his late inning heroics. He was the most feared
hitter in his time; smashing late inning bases loaded doubles
or by hitting a game winning home run. If Mickey Mantle and
the Yankees were playing your team; no lead was safe.
Mantle was "the Destroyer of Dreams",
with his blinding speed and potent hitting. This Hall
of Famer holds seven world series records including most home
runs with 18, most runs scored with 42, most RBI's - 40 and
most total bases with 123. (these records in his world series
play are better than a lot of players get for a full season).
Mickey Mantle career stats are 2,401 games played,
2415 hits, his 536 lifetime homers are the 7th highest in
history, he drew a total of 1,734 walks (5th highest) and
strikeout 1,710 times. Mantle had a career batting average
of .298, stole 153 bases, had 1,509 RBI's and averaged throughout
his career almost 100 runs scored a year; by scoring 1,677
career runs. Mickey Mantle, we honor your record setting
achievements; you were one of the greatest!
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