Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yankees' Classic Moments, Week Five

Sorry about this being so late today! It seems that there are mice in my building, so I've been spending the last hour or so talking with my co-inhabitants about an exterminator.

Anyway, out of respect for mice, today's classic moment involves Mickey Mantle, as the Mickey Mouse thing is just so waiting to be used.

So here we go, reaching more than the normal ten or twenty years back in Yankees' history:

In the 1964 World Series, the Yankees played the St. Louis Cardinals. Three years ago, in 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle had been involved in a race to break Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season. Maris won the chase, but Mantle was not far behind.

The '64 World Series is also notable as being the "last hurrah" for the Yankees of Berra (as manager), Mantle, Maris and Ford.

In Game Three of the World Series, with the Series tied at a game each, the Yankees came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth, with the game tied one-one. Mantle was up at bat, and he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw from Barney Schultz. The walk off home run was arguably the most dramatic of Mantle's career and occurred in the last World Series in which Mantle played.

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