Mickey Mantle is one of the most iconic New York Yankees players of the 1950s and 1960s. He played alongside some of the best players of all time and managed to win seven world series. During those years, he became known as one of the most powerful hitters in history.
From birth, it seemed that Mantle was destined for baseball greatness. His father named him after MLB Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane. In his youth, Mantle proved to be a successful multi-sport athlete. But his real success came on the diamond.
After working his way through the minor leagues, Mantle played his first game for the Yankees in 1951. Expectations for Mantle were high from the beginning as many mentioned his name alongside Yankee greats like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio.
In his first season, Mantle injured his leg while trying to catch a fly ball. That injury plagued him for his entire career.
Impressively, Mantle achieved massive success despite his injury. He hit some of the longest home runs ever seen in the majors and holds the record for most World Series home runs. But Mantle was a great fielder as well, winning the Gold Glove in 1962.
What is perhaps his most impressive accomplishment came in 1956 when he won the Triple Crown. In that year, he earned the Player of the Year, American League MVP, and Male Athlete of the Year awards.
Mickey Mantle claimed his rightful place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. To this day, any true baseball fan recognizes his name and his famous #7 Yankees uniform.