The beast of the New York Yankees born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, October 20, 1931, the beast that destroyed the ball.
This great player who played for the Yankees throughout his professional career.
From a very young age from his native Commerce, Oklahoma, he learned the basics of baseball from his grandfather and father, who helped him develop the ability to hit on both sides.
While his father worked in the local mining company, Mickey Mantle helped his father in said mining, and that heavy work that required a lot of physical effort, was what gave him that enormous strength in his wrists.
In high school he excelled in basketball and soccer. In the latter he was severely injured on his left shin, so much so that he developed osteomyelitis and for which he was on the verge of being amputated had it not been for the penicillin treatment.
When Joe DiMaggio retired, he took the position of center fielder from 1952 to 1966. Together with Yogi Berra they formed an unbeatable pair between the years 1951-55; by 1956 he was a star and one of the best switch hitters. That same season he achieved one of the greatest records for a hitter: the Triple Crown (best batting average, most home runs and RBIs). His numbers were: .353, 52 home runs, and 130 RBI. That year he had three home runs in the World Series.
Mickey Mantle’s hitting strength was a singular characteristic. One of them is probably recognized as the longest. He did it in Washington on April 17, 1953 with 565 feet; Despite this, perhaps the most distant was 1951 in spring training at the University of Southern California (656 feet).
Along with Roger Maris they engaged in a unique home run batting match in 1961. Maris finished with 61 and Mantle with 54; injuries interrupted his streak. This broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in one season.
Injury free he was an excellent outfielder, quick and strong-armed. In his sporting life he reached twelve world series in 14 years, of which he won seven titles with the Yankees. In the World Series, he owns a record for home runs (18), RBIs (43), walks (43), extra base hits (26), and bases won (123).
By Gedeoni Sena Nolasco and Ezrry Padilla
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