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 thoughts on “This day in baseball: The Mick retires”
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.
What memories of glorious deeds he left as his legacy! Thom