On March 1, 1969, New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle announced
his retirement from baseball. He was an idol to millions, known for his remarkable
power and speed and his everyman personality. While he patrolled center field
and batted clean-up between 1951 and 1968, the Yankees won 12 American
League pennants and seven World Series.
Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995)