Mickey Mantle was a three-time AL MVP and 16-time All-Star while playing centerfield for the Yankees from 1951-1968. He died on Aug. 13, 1995.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, left, former Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle, center and former President Richard Nixon sit behind the casket containing the late Yankees player and manager Billy Martin at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Dec. 29, 1989)
Jane Leavy's "The Last Boy" looks deep into the life of Yankee legend Mickey Mantle.
Mickey Mantle in 1995
A Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card.
Mickey Mantle, right, and Roger Maris are shown at Yankee Stadium in this photo from 1961, the year these teammates battled to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. Mantle finished with 54 homers, while Maris broke Ruth's record with his 61st homer on the final day of the season.
Yankee sluggers Mickey Mantle (left) and Roger Maris meet at the mound before the Yankee homeopener. Mantle, who hit 54 homers in 1961, the year Maris hit 61, threw out the first ball. (April 16, 1985)
Former President Harry S Truman is flanked by Yankees outfielders Roger Maris, left, and Mickey Mantle between games in a doubleheader with the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium. At the time, Maris had 53 home runs and Mantle 50 in their head-to-head race for Babe Ruth's record of 60 homers in one season. (Sept. 4, 1961)
New York Yankee slugger Roger Maris, left, shown with Mickey Mangle, died Dec. 14, 1985, after a bout with cancer according to hospital officials in Houston. Maris held the major league baseball record for the most home runs in a single season.
CAREER TIMES STRUCK OUT: MICKEY MANTLE, 1,710
Runner up/active leader: Derek Jeter, 1,653
Among other things, Mantle is remembered for his tape-measure long balls. He once cleared the roof of Tiger Stadium and is thought to be the only man to have homered over the 22-foot batters' eye past the centerfield wall at Old Yankee Stadium. The downside of hitting those monstrous home runs is that you sometimes sacrifice plate discipline. Still, Mantle had a .298 career average and walked 23 more times (1,733) than he struck out.
MANTLE INJURES KNEE
YANKEE STADIUM, OCT. 5, 1951
Four innings after getting his first World Series hit, rightfielder Mickey Mantle was chasing a fly ball by fellow rookie Willie Mays of the Giants, caught his spike on an outfield drain and wrenched his knee (seen here in the hospital the day after). The knee would trouble him throughout his Hall of Fame career.
Baseball legends Duke Snider, left, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle in 1995