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Five Fun Facts About The New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 15, 2013

Few baseball players command the attention that Mickey Mantle once did. He was as big a star as baseball has ever produced and he belonged 100% to the New York Yankees and their fans. Here is a look at five fun facts about Mickey Mantle.

What’s In A Number

The New York Yankees retired jersey number 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle on June 8, 1969. This was the fourth number ever retired by the Yankees, following Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Joe DiMaggio. At the beginning of his career with the Yankees, before he was called up to the team permanently, he first wore jersey number 6. Joe Torre later wore this number as manager of the Yankees.

The Mick In The Minors?

Like most stars, Mickey Mantle too spent time in the minor leagues. He played on three teams during his minor league career. He hit seven home runs in 89 games with the Independence Yankees of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League in 1949, 26 home runs in 137 games for the Joplin Miners of the Western Association in 1950, and 11 home runs in 40 games for the Kansas City Blues of the American Association in 1951.

No Early Riser

Though known for his home runs, Mickey Mantle would strike out a lot during his career as well. The pitcher who struck him out for than any other was Early Wynn who played for the Indians and White Sox when Mantle faced him. Wynn struck out Mantle 48 times during his career.

Friendliest Place Away From Home

Mickey Mantle hit 266 of his 536 career home runs playing at home in Yankee Stadium. The visiting stadium he hit the most home runs in was Tiger Stadium where he hit 42. In second place on that list would be Fenway Park with 38 home runs hit by The Mick.

The Last Of Them All

Mickey Mantle’s final home run, the 536th of his career, was a solo shot hit on September 20, 1968 off of Jim Lonborg of the Boston Red Sox.

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