Mickey Mantle 18 World Series Home Run Record Tribute
To fully appreciate the significance of this record, one must first take a step back in time and see who held the record prior to Mickey Mantle In the 3rd game of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth is said to have stepped out of the batter's box, glared at Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, who had been riding Ruth all game, and pointed with his index finger out to the centerfield bleachers. Ruth then blasted Root's next pitch into those same bleachers for what has become known in baseball lore as the "Called Shot". It was the Babe's 15th and also his final World Series Home Run. After the 4th game of that same World Series, Babe Ruth would never again play in another baseball post season game, and his record number of World Series Home runs would stand at 15, until 1964.
In the 3rd game of the 1963 World Series, Mickey Mantle would step in against the great Sandy Koufax, and clout his 15th World Series Home Run, thus tying Babe Ruth. The two baseball legends would then share the record for one last season, until the 3rd game of the 1964 World Series, when Mantle would step in to bat in the bottom of the 9th inning in a tie game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Mantle would then proceed to launch relief pitcher Barney Schultz's first pitch into the bleachers for a game ending walk-off home run. Mantle would now stand alone in the record books with 16 World Series Home Runs. Mantle went on to hit home runs in both the 6th and 7th games of this same World Series, giving him a total of 18 in all. Although Mantle would continue to play until the end of the 1968 season, the Yankees had gone into a seemingly overnight state of decline, and would not make the post season again until 1976, long after Mantle had left the game he loved so much.
Mickey Mantle's 18 World Series Home Runs were hit between the 6th game of the 1952 World Series and the 7th game of th 1964 World Series. He hit 2 home runs in a single game on two of those occasions, meaning he hit the 18 home runs across 16 games.
Featured in this amazing display are all 16 of those World Series tickets, one of which, in addition to being a Mantle Home Run Game, is also the ticket that got you into the game where Don Larsen tossed the only No-Hitter in World Series history.
The centerpiece of this montage measuring 53 x 31 inches is an oversized photo of Mickey Mantle during game action. Descriptive engraved plaques explain the significance and details of every single ticket, and a larger engraved plaque tells the full story of the record.
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