Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mickey Mantle Hits 500th Home Run

On May 14, 1967, Mickey Mantle hits career home run 500 off Baltimore Oriole's Stu Miller.
Mickey Mantle slugging a home run with the New York Yankees.
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 ranked 16, 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 still holds the record for most home runs in the World Series with 18, most RBI’s 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, 12 in regular season and one in the post-season.
Mickey Mantle (right) with teammate Joe DiMaggio (left) in 1962.
Mantle finished his career with a .298 batting average, 2,415 hits and 1,509 RBIs to go along with his 536 home runs. Those stats helped him become a 20-time All-Star, including 18-straight from 1952-1965, including twice in 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962 when the All-Star game was played twice in a season.
He was also a seven-time World Series champion with the Yankees, including three consecutive from 1951-1953.
Mantle was a three-time American League MVP, including back-to-back in 1956-1957. The 1956 season also saw Mantle win the Triple Crown, a season in which he batted .353 with 52 home runs and 130 RBI’s.
He won a Golden Glove in 1962, and the Hutch Award in 1965.
The New York Yankees retired Mantle’s no. 7 jersey on June 8, 1969.
Mantle was elected into Cooperstown Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1974 with 88.2 percent of the vote, on the first ballot in which he appeared.
Mantle was named to the MLB All-Century team in 1999.