On this day in history, June 8, 1969, Mickey Mantle’s No. 7 is retired by the New York Yankees

Access to the content in this article on Fox News requires signing up for an account along with providing your email. By continuing to subscribe, you can access selected articles and other premium content for free. Your participation helps support our financial incentive reminder. Provide a valid email address. Have a question? Click here. Today in history, on June 8, 1969, the New York Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium in front of approximately 61,000 Major League Baseball fans. The player’s athletic achievements, particularly in a career-defining play where he leaped into the right-center field stands to catch a ball, changing the course of the game, brought joy to fans. Additionally, he presented a plaque to the player who threw it, as a reward for leaping “a little bit higher” in the field. The event was highlighted in many reports for its “dramatic” nature.

Provide a valid email address. Have a question? Click here. Today in history, on June 7, 1942, amidst World War II, our victory was sealed in Midway, marking the beginning of the ’69 season before Mantle announced his retirement. In professional baseball, “I can’t go on anymore,” Mantle declared before the start of the season. The iconic baseball player, Joe DiMaggio, not Mantle, was involved in key events at that time. Reports indicate DiMaggio’s retirement announcement was similar to his past events. Mantle presented himself as a player with exceptional talents in baseball and was adored by fans. His passion, determination, and records stood out in the game.

Provide a valid email address. Click here to sign up for a “safe at home!” U.S. Loeb card seen here, from left: Roger Maris, William Fraule, Brian Russell, Mickey Mantle (right), 1962. (Getty Images via LMPC) At that time in 1969, Mantle was chosen as part of the All-Star game in 20 selected games, highlighting his performance in center field. In history, on this day, April 14, 1910, President Taft took the first pitch in an MLB game, marking Mantle as the most versatile and valuable player in 20 All-Star games. In 1962, he played in center field, earning a Gold Glove for his performance. Additional achievements include being part of eight winning Yankees teams in the World Series.

From 1953 to 1955, he won the AL Triple Crown in 1956 and was named the first AL MVP in the first of two consecutive awards. In New York City, during his first eight seasons, the Yankees won seven victories. He earned AL pennants and five World Series championships. In 1962, during the season, Mantle suffered losses in 40 games, but continued to the third pennant and second World Championship.

In 1969, Mantle was selected to the Hall of Fame. He passed away on August 13, 1995, and was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.


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