Mickey Mantle

Professional Baseball Player
Hometown Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Died Aug 13, 1995
Death Place Dallas, Texas
Position Centerfielder , F...
Height 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight 195 lbs (88.5 kg)...
Nationality American
High School Commerce (Commerc...

Mickey Charles Mantle, nicknamed The Commerce Comet or The Mick, was an American baseball center fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. Mantle is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest players in baseball history.… Read More

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1931 Birth Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, the son of lead miner Elvin Charles "Mutt" Mantle (1912–1952) and Lovell (née Richardson) Mantle (1904–1995). … Read More


1948 16 Years Old Mantle began his professional baseball career with the semi-professional Baxter Springs Whiz Kids. In 1948, Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade came to Baxter Springs to watch Mantle's teammate, third baseman Billy Johnson. … Read More
1949 17 Years Old Greenwade returned in 1949, after Mantle's high school graduation, to sign Mantle to a minor league contract. … Read More
1950 18 Years Old In 1950, Mantle was promoted to the Class-C Joplin Miners of the Western Association. … Read More
Mantle was invited to the Yankees instructional camp before the 1951 season. … Read More


1952 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Mantle moved to center field in 1952, replacing DiMaggio, who retired at the end of the 1951 season. … Read More
1956 - 1957 2 More Events
1959 27 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1959 season was the first of four consecutive seasons that two All-Star games were played and Mantle played in seven of these games.
1960 28 Years Old In 1960, Mantle started in both All-Star games, getting two walks in the first and a single in the second game. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1961 season, Mantle and teammate Roger Maris, known as the M&M Boys, chased Babe Ruth's 1927 single-season home run record. … Read More


1962 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, Mantle hit .303 with 35 home runs and 111 RBIs, and played center field in the All-Star game.
1965 33 Years Old The Yankees and Mantle were slowed down by injuries during the 1965 season, and they finished in sixth place, 25 games behind the Minnesota Twins. … Read More
1966 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, his batting average increased to .288 with 23 home runs and 56 RBI.
1967 35 Years Old On May 14, 1967 (Mother's Day), Mantle became the sixth member of the 500 home run club.
1968 36 Years Old Mantle hit .237 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI during his final season in 1968.
Mantle announced his retirement on March 1, 1969.


1972 40 Years Old In 1972 he was a part-time TV commentator for the Montreal Expos. … Read More
1974 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old In 1983, Mantle worked at the Claridge Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a greeter and community representative. … Read More
1985 53 Years Old He was placed on the list, but reinstated on March 18, 1985, by Kuhn's successor, Peter Ueberroth.


1992 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1992, Mantle wrote My Favorite Summer 1956 about his 1956 season. … Read More
1994 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly after Mantle completed treatment, his son Billy died on March 12, 1994, at age 36 of heart problems brought on by years of substance abuse. … Read More
After the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, Mantle joined with fellow Oklahoman and Yankee Bobby Murcer to raise money for the victims.
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