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Mickey Mantle. Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade first came across Mickey Mantle when Mickey was playing semi-pro ball for the Baxter Springs, Kansas Whiz Kids in 1948. Greenwade had traveled to Baxter Springs to watch Whiz Kids' third baseman Billy Johnson. During the game, Mickey smacked two homers, one righty and one lefty, into a river that flowed well beyond the ballpark's fences. Greenwade wanted to sign Mantle right then and there, but, after learning that the kid was only 16 and still in high school, he promised he'd be back when Mickey graduated. In 1949, Mickey signed a contract to play Class D ball with the Yankees team in Independence, Kansas. The contract gave him $400 for finishing the season, plus an $1100 signing bonus. In the press release announcing Mantle's signing, Greenwade was quoted as calling Mickey "The best prospect I've ever seen."
• totals listed in red indicate Mickey led all of baseball in that category. He was the last triple crown winner to lead the majors in Homers, Runs Batted In, and Batting Average.
1956 - Mickey Mantle's Triple Crown Year YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA 1956 NYY AL 150 533 132 188 22 5 52 130 112 99 10 1 .353
1982 was a frustrating year, as I remember it, and that frustration inspired me to write What Have You Done To My Yanks? which I recorded with several of my friends one dreary and beery afternoon.
Special Note: 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1961 season during which Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record - 61 in '61! Since Roger did it without the juice, I'm of the opinion that his record still stands. If, like me, you believe Roger should be enshrined in Cooperstown, sign the online Petition to the Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee. It's only right.
The New York Yankees are a MLB team playing in the Eastern Division of the American League. In 2012, they were Eastern Division champions. Here we feature these Yankee players of yesterday and today: Francisco Cervelli, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Vernon Wells, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, David Robertson, Mariano Rivera, Joltin' Joe Dimaggio, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford. Here's a link to the complete current roster.
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New York Yankees in the Hall of Fame
* Played more games with Yankees than any other team
- Frank "Home Run" Baker 1916-1919, 1921-1922
- Wade Boggs 1993-1997
- Yogi Berra* 1946-1963
- Frank Chance 1913-1914
- Jack Chesbro* 1903-1909
- Earle Combs* 1924-1935
- Stan Coveleski 1928
- Bill Dickey* 1928-1943, 1946
- Joe Dimaggio* 1936-1942, 1946-1951
- Leo Durocher** 1925, 1928-1929
- Whitey Ford* 1950, 1953-1967
- Lou Gehrig* 1923-1939
- Lefty Gomez* 1930-1942
- Goose Gossage 1978-1983, 1989
- Clark Griffith** 1903-1907
- Burleigh Grimes 1934
- Rickey Henderson 1985-1989
- Waite Hoyt* 1921-1930
- Jim "Catfish" Hunter 1975-1979
- Reggie Jackson 1977-1981
- Willie Keeler* 1903-1909
- Tony Lazzeri* 1926-1937
- Mickey Mantle 1951-1968
- Bill McKechnie** 1913
- Johnny Mize 1949-1953
- Phil Niekro 1984-1985
- Herb Pennock* 1923-1933
- Gaylord Perry 1980
- Phil Rizzuto* 1941-1942, 1946-1956
- Red Ruffing* 1930-1942, 1945-1946
- Babe Ruth* 1920-1934
- Joe Sewell 1931-1933
- Enos Slaughter 1954-1959
- Dazzy Vance 1915, 1918
- Paul Waner 1944-1945
- Dave Winfield* 1981-88, 1990
- Goose Gossage 1978-1983
** Elected as manager or executive
HOF Managers/Years with Yankees
* Elected as a manager
- Yogi Berra 1964, 1984-1985
- Frank Chance 1913-1914
- Bill Dickey 1957
- Clark Griffith 1903-1908
- Bucky Harris* 1947-1948
- Miller Huggins* 1918-1929
- Bob Lemon 1978-1979, 1981-1982
- Joe McCarthy* 1931-1946
- Casey Stengel* 1949-1960
Retired Numbers (Player): 1 (Billy Martin); 3 (Babe Ruth); 4 (Lou Gehrig); 5 (Joe Dimaggio); 7 (Mickey Mantle); 8 (Bill Dickey & Yogi Berra); 9 (Roger Maris); 10 (Phil Rizzuto); 15 (Thurman Munson); 16 (Whitey Ford); 23 (Don Mattingly); 32 (Elston Howard); 37 (Casey Stengel); 42 (Jackie Robinson); 44 (Reggie Jackson); 49 (Ron Guidry).
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