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On this day in 1969 Mickey Mantle retired from the game of baseball. A legendary player that spent his entire career in New York as a member of the Yankees, ‘The Mick’ was as iconic of a figure in sports as there was.
The funny thing was that Mantle replaced the great Joe DiMaggio when DiMaggio retired from the game. The fans did not accept him right away as they missed ‘Joey D’ and thought that he could never be replaced.
I will not argue as to which player was the better of the 2, but what I will say is that when Mantle retired after his 18 seasons as a Yankee his numbers were incredible. With his .298 career average sitting alongside 536 home runs and 1,509 RBI, Mantle solidified his annual All-Star status. Although his numbers dropped off significantly towards the end of his career, he still managed to be a fan favorite in the Bronx.
I’m sure that the 7 World Series Championship titles he helped the Yankees achieve didn’t hurt his image either…
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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #31
Andres Galarraga – 1986 Donruss
Andres Galarraga as an offensive stud during his 19-year career in the major leagues. His ability to hit for power and average put him in a rare class of players during his era.
Andres finished his career with a .288 batting average, and hit over .300 10 times. Galarraga also hit 399 home runs in his career, while hitting 20+ homers in 10 seasons.
Never considered the best at any one element of the game, Galarraga was recognized for his overall skills by making the All-Star team 5 times and finishing in the Top 10 for Most Valuable Player 6 times.
Later is his career, Andres battled cancer twice. In 1999 he missed the entire season but made a full recovery and came back to play with the Braves for one more year. When he did come back, he put up impressive stats and made another All-Star team. Then, in 2004 his cancer came back and sidelined him for a month. At this point, Galarraga was unable to regain his outstanding skills and became a bench player. Galarraga retired the next spring with the New York Mets. He finished his career just 1 home run shy of his goal of 400.