Mickey Charles Mantle was one of the greatest baseball players of the 1950's and 1960's. On this day back in 1953 he created a historical moment when he hit a grand slam during the World Series. Nicknamed "The Mick" he was a Yankee fan favorite for many years as he played for and coveted many records that remain in his name today.
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION
How many World Series did Mickey Mantle appear in during his career?
CLIP OF THE DAY
Watch Mickey Mantle hit his last homerun in Yankee Stadium in 1973, then tune into his interview with Bob Costas. Then be sure to check out the trailer for "61," the movie made to showcase Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris' homerun chase and friendship, staring Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper.
DID YOU KNOW . . .
Mantle's career was plagued by injuries. As early as high school he began having issues with cartilage in his legs along with injuries to bones. He then tore his ACL as a nineteen year old rookie in his first World Series and had to watch the rest of it from a hospital bed. Later on in his career, he also sustained and injury to his left shoulder after a collision at second base. Yet through it all, he was still a power hitter and considered "the fastest man to first base."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." Mickey Mantle