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.
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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