Mickey Mantle was an American professional Major League Baseball center fielder and first baseman. Born Mickey Charles Mantle on October 20, 1931, he was nicknamed “The Commerce Comet” after Commerce, Oklahoma, where his family lived, and “The Mick.”
He only ever played with the New York Yankees throughout his career, from 1951 to 1968. He could bat left or right handed, and is regarded as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, after hitting 536 MLB career home runs, and batting .300 or more, ten times. He won the Triple Crown in 1956 and the Golden Glove award in 1962. His #7 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1969.
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