1931 - Born on the 20th of October in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.
1948 - Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade came to Baxter Springs to watch Mickey's teammate, third baseman
Billy Johnson, in a Whiz Kids game.
1949 - Signed to a minor league contract with the Yankees Class D team in Independence, Kansas.
1951-1968 - First baseman and outfielder for New York Yankees.
- Married Merlyn Johnson in their hometown of Commerce, Oklahoma; they had four sons.
1952-1955 - Became the regular right fielder (playing only a few games at shortstop and third base.
- Moved to center field replacing Joe DiMaggio, who retired at the end of the 1951 season.
1956 - Mantle won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year.
1960 - On 10th of September he hit a ball that cleared the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium in Detroit and,
based on where it was found, was estimated years later by historian Mark Gallagher to have traveled 643 feet (196 m).
1961 - Became the highest-paid baseball player by signing a $75,000 contract.
1969 - Announced his retirement on 1st of March.
Played his entire 18-year major-league professional career for the New York Yankees
1974 - Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 - Mickey Mantle died on 13th of August at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
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- "I had it all, and I blew it."(shortly before dying from cancer and other complications of alcoholism)"
- "If I knew I'd live this long, I woulda taken better care of myself."