Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995), nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick", was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) centerfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons, from 1951 through 1968. Mantle is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest players- and sluggers, in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
Mantle was noted for his ability to hit for both average and power, especially tape-measure home runs. He won the Triple Crown in 1956, leading the major leagues in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI). He was an All-Star 20 times[a], playing in 16 of the All-Star games he was named to, and was an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. Mantle appeared in 12 World Series, helping the Yankees win 7 of them. He holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), extra-base hits (26), runs (42), walks (43), and total bases (123). He is also the career leader (tied with Jim Thome) in walk-off home runs, with a combined thirteen, twelve in the regular season and one in the postseason...
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