7 Days – Mickey Mantle

We are exactly one week away from the start of another Major League Baseball season, and that means it is time to honor Mickey Mantle at No. 7 in the Opening Day Countdown Down Under. Take a unique look back at The Mick’s Opening Day history, and join in the comments to help decide who should be No. 6.

Grand Openings

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps Rookie Card

By the time Topps issued its 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie card, the holy grail for many baseball card collectors, the legend of an American hero was well underway.

Mickey Mantle poses for a portrait at Yankee Stadium in 1960 Mickey Mantle poses for a portrait at Yankee Stadium in 1960

A 19-year-old “jewel from mine country” in Oklahoma already had arrived the previous year to elevated typewriter praise and mythical description — or in the words of his eventual biographer, Jane Leavy, “The World Opened Up” to him. Mantle, the “Commerce Comet,” had hit a 600-foot bomb in Southern California on a Yankees barnstorming trip in the spring of 1951, and he had gone on to crack the Opening Day lineup in a No. 6 jersey and then acquire No. 7 when called back up later in the season. He had helped the Yankees to the 1951 World Series title, their 14th championship.

Sky was the limit.

Now it was…

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