It says a lot when you were considered one of the most popular New York Yankees ever, and Mickey Mantle was just that. Taking over the mantle (sorry, couldn’t help the pun) as the star player for the Bronx Bombers, Mantle was a devastating switch hitter who hit for average and power and was a career Yankee.
Mantle didn’t just hit homers, he blasted tape measure shots that became the stuff of legends. He would win the Home Run title four times, though his highest output (54) would see him finish second to Roger Maris. The incredibly popular outfielder was a three time MVP who retired with 536 Home Runs and a sick Slash Line of .298/.421/.557. That is impressive, but his post season numbers are even better.
Mantle would help the Yankees win twelve American League Pennants and would win seven World Series, and has 18 Fall Classic Home Runs, a record that will be very hard to top. Appropriately he was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1974. The Yankees would also retire his number 7 in 1969.
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