This day in baseball: The Mick retires

On March 1, 1969, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.  After years of being plagued by injury, Mantle cited his inability to “hit when I need to” as part of his reason for leaving the game.  During his eighteen-year career, the Mick had a .298 batting average and hit 536 home runs, which – at the time – put him third on the all-time home run list behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.



3 Comments on “This day in baseball: The Mick retires”

  1. What a ballplayer!

    • 61* is easily one of my favorite movies. I got to see Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds, but the Mantle/Maris home run chase would have been much more interesting to watch.

  2. Thom Hickey says:

    What memories of glorious deeds he left as his legacy! Thom

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