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Mickey Mantle
Centerfielder; New York Yankees 1951-1968

Mickey Mantle rates as one of the greatest players in baseball history; he was the greatest switch-hitter the game has ever known. Mantle led the league 27 times in various batting titles. He led the league in home runs in four different years, he won six runs scored crowns, four times he led the league in walks, Mantle won three slugging titles, he led the league in batting average and RBI's in 1956. 

Mickey Mantle, was a popular and well-regarded ballplayer and he won the Most Valuable Player Awards in 1956, 1957, and again in 1962. He is the only switch-hitter to win the Triple Crown, accomplishing this in 1956 when he clubbed 52 home runs, batted .353 and had 130 RBI's. Mantle is one of only three Triple Crown Winners who also won a Gold Glove Award. Mantle was one of the greatest fielding centerfielders of all-time. He was a league leading centerfielder in four different seasons. 

Mantle, when batting left-handed was timed running from home-plate to first base in 3.1 seconds (the fastest time of any player in history), this is incredible feat.  Mickey Mantle is the greatest late inning clutch hitter that ever played. He led the New York Yankees to twelve pennants and seven times the Yankees won the World Championship.  If the Yankees were tied or losing the game in the late innings, Mantle would somehow come to their rescue with his late inning heroics. He was the most feared hitter in his time; smashing late inning bases loaded doubles or by hitting a game winning home run. If Mickey Mantle and the Yankees were playing your team; no lead was safe. 

Mantle was "the Destroyer of Dreams", with his blinding speed and potent hitting.  This Hall of Famer holds seven world series records including most home runs with 18, most runs scored with 42, most RBI's - 40 and most total bases with 123. (these records in his world series play are better than a lot of players get for a full season).

Mickey Mantle career stats are 2,401 games played, 2415 hits, his 536 lifetime homers are the 7th highest in history, he drew a total of 1,734 walks (5th highest) and strikeout 1,710 times.  Mantle had a career batting average of .298, stole 153 bases, had 1,509 RBI's and averaged throughout his career almost 100 runs scored a year; by scoring 1,677 career runs.  Mickey Mantle, we honor your record setting achievements; you were one of the greatest!

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