|New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle.|
Saturday, March 1, 2014
New York Yankees Mickey Mantle Retires
On March 1, 1969, New York Yankee great, Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball. Mantle was the greatest sluggers in Major League history.
Mantle retired with 536 home runs, the third most all time behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays at the time of his retirement, now Mantle is 16th, behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Ruth, Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jim Thome, Frank Robinson, Mark McGwire, Harmon Killebrew, Rafael Palmiero, Reggie Jackson, Manny Ramirez and Mike Schmidt.
Mantle also earned three MVP awards while playing and won the AL Triple Crown in 1956, a season in which he batted .353 with 52 home runs and 130 RBIs.
Mantle still holds the record for most home runs in the World Series with 18, most RBIs with 40, most runs with 42, walks with 43, extra-base hits with 26 and total bases with 123.
Mantle also is the career leader in walk-off home runs with a combined 13 in his career, 12 in regular season and one in the post-season play.