On This Date In History: # 19 for the Yankees

On October 9, 1961, the New Yrok Yankees won game five of the World Series, earning their 19th World Championship.  They beat the Reds at Crosley Field, 13 - 5.  Check out some of our favorite pics from this historic fall classic.

 

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On This Date In History: May 1, 1951

On May 1, 1951, Mickey Mantle hit the first of his 536 career home runs.  The Yankees were facing the White Sox in an afternoon game at Comiskey Park.  The Yankees rookie started the game in right field and as the leadoff hitter.  The White Sox sent starter Bob Cain to the mound but the Yankees got to him and were leading the game 5 - 2 in the sixth inning.  That's when Randy Gumpert came in for the Sox to relieve Cain.  With Yankees pitcher Vic Raschi on second after doubling, Mantle stepped into the batter's box.  Gumpert threw Mantle a changeup, and years later, here's what Gumpert had to say about that moment:

"Mickey smacked the ball in dead center field right into the bullpen . . . it must have traveled 450 feet in the air!"


Randy Gumpert

Yankees back up catcher Charlie Silvera knew that the ball would be special to Mickey so he retrieved it and gave it to him after the game.  Mantle signed the ball with the following:

"My first H.R. in the Majors, May 1, 1951, 4:40 p.m. Chicago.  6th inning off Randy Gumpert"

Mantle cherished that ball for years, even displaying it in his Holiday Inn restaurant in Joplin, Missouri towards the end of his career.  In 2004 the ball sold at Sotheby's auction house for $189,750.

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OF Fantasy Draft

Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.

 

Hank Aaron

Mickey Mantle

Ted Williams

Frank Robinson

Roberto Clemente

Willie Mays

Joe DiMaggio

Richie Ashburn

Stan Musial

Reggie Jackson

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This Day in History - Happy Birthday, Roger Maris

                             

On September 10, 1934, Roger Maris was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was the son of Croatian immigrants and his birth name was Roger Eugene Maras, which he later changed to Maris.  Maris played with four teams during his twelve year Major League career -- the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals.  He appeared in seven World Series and won three World Series Championships in 1961, 1962, and 1967.

Maris was the New York Yankees right fielder from 1960-1966 and he helped lead the Yankees to five straight pennants. Maris is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. On the last day of the Yankees' 1961 season, Maris broke Babe Ruth's 60 single-season home run record (which had been in place for 34 years) by hitting his 61st against the Boston Red Sox. Maris hit the homer into right field stands in Yankee Stadium against Boston's Tracy Stallard in the fourth inning. In 1966, the Yankees sent Maris to St. Louis, where he played two seasons before retiring in 1968 and settled in Gainesville, Florida.

On July 21, 1984, the Yankees retired Maris' number 9 and dedicated a plaque in his honor to hang in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium. 

                        

"When he (Roger Maris) hit it (home run #61 in 1961), he came into the dugout and they were all applauding. I mean, this is something that's only happened once in baseball, right?  And the people were all applauding.  They wanted him to come back out. He wouldn't come out, so the players had to push him back out. They forced him to come out and take a bow.  That's the kind of guy he was. He was great, and I really liked him." -- Mickey Mantle 

                              

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More Stuff From The Sports Collectors Convention

Like we said last week, we saw some amazing stuff in Baltimore at the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Today we've got some shots of a pair of cleats worn by Mickey Mantle in his first year in the big leagues.

In a post commemorating Mantle's retirement awhile back, we mentioned how he wore # 6 for a brief period in 1951.  Check out the inside of these cleats.

Somone, perhaps Mickey himself, added the seven next to his name after he switched from # 6 to # 7.

Pretty cool, don't you think?

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