Mantle, Mickey Charles

Portrait
Born: Oct 20, 1931 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player


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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