500th Home Run

500th Home Run

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May 14th was Mother’s Day and this token was given to all mothers at the ball game.

It was Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 14th, 1967. The Yankees were playing the Baltimore Orioles. Stu Miller was on the mound for the Orioles. Ever since Mickey hit #499 eleven days earlier, when he would hit #500 became the main topic of conversation in New York.

It was the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. The Yankees were holding on to a 5-4 lead. Mickey had worked Stu Miller to a full count. Mickey launched the next pitch deep into the right-field lower stands and became just the sixth player, in baseball history, to hit 500 home runs or more.

051467cAfter the game Mickey said, “It felt like when you win a World Series – a big load off your back. I wasn’t really tense about hitting it, but about everybody writing about it. We weren’t doing well and everywhere you’d see, ‘when is Mantle going to hit 500’ instead of about the team winning or losing. Now maybe we can get back to getting straightened out.”

The Yankees won the game by a final score of 6-5. Mantle hit 36 more home runs before he retired for a total of 536 career homers.

 

2016-12-12T11:30:38+00:00 May 14th, 1967|News, Radio, Storybook Moments, Video|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Robert A. Swenson June 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Also one of the fastest players ever to play Major League Baseball

  2. John Rehnberg August 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I’ll never forget meeting Mickey in 1980. We actually had a drink together at the San Jose Ca. Hyatt.

    It was right after Dave Winfield had signed for all that money with the Yanks. Biggest contract to date.

    I asked him about the signing. This is what he said: “shoot,,,if I’d had the year he just had, I would’ve been told to take a pay cut!” Back then George Weiss was the Gm and was incentivized by ownership(Webb and Topping) to keep the payroll down. The year after Mick won the triple crown in 56, he hit for a higher average but less home runs and RBI’s. He had to fight to keep from taking a 10% pay cut!!!

    Mick was quoted as saying,”when we played we were stupid-now the owners are stupid”!!

    God rest your soul Mick. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Charles R. Corradini Sr. August 14, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Mickey was the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. He could do it all better than anyone. He gave me many,many,many exciting moments and thrills. Just to see him come up the plate,I would get all tensed up and excited. And he was a great team player.All the players looked up to him,not only the yankee players,but all the players. He commanded a great deal of respect,and he gave it as well.Mickey was truly the personification of the all American athlete then and now. God bless you Mickey,You will never be forgotten,and god bless your family.Truly the Magnificent Yankee

    • Jim Massa April 16, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

      He is my all time favorite player. I was fortunate to see Mickey play and saw one of his towering shots into the third deck of right field. Imagine what even more impressive stats he would have put up were it not for the injuries. He had it all, power, strength, speed. I also wonder, what if he had played for another team? Maybe, he is not as famous, but I think he would have surpassed Ruth for career homers as hitting in Yankee stadium cost him many home runs. I read once that he and Whitey estimated that between long fly outs and doubles that would have cleared the fence, on average he hit about 18 balls a season in Yankee stadium that would have been homers in all other parks. Let’s take his most productive years of 52-64, or twelve seasons and that is another at least 200 home runs. People often overlook his defensive abilities. He was an excellent defensive player. I saw him play several times. And while there are people who will cite Pete Rose and Eddie Murray as having better stats, Rose hit for average and slapped the ball for hits (much like Ty Cobb). Murray, yes, he is the only switch hitter with 500 home runs and 3000 hits, but had his career extended by 4 seasons due to the DH rule, Mantle in my opinion remains the best switch hitter of all time and certainly the best slugger of all time as he hit balls out of the park from both sides. Many switch hitters have a much better side and do not hit equally well from both sides. Mickey did. He was electrifying, simply the best.

  4. Stewart February 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Years ago I did taxidermy for Mick. He expressed an interest in putting me in business. I remember talking to Rooster one day and was asked about how much it would take. I certainly didn’t want to disappoint one of the men I looked up to. I thought about the rock bottom start up price and called them back…..they got a laugh at my numbers. They wanted to give me 100 times what i asked for. I declined by saying I would rather remain friends and just do work for them than be responsible for that kind of cash. I’ve kicked myself for that a few times but have fond memories of our brief meetings and giving a young man a feeling of self worth…..Mick you were a regular guy in many ways…miss you.

  5. Paul Belanger Sr June 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Awesome ! I was lucky enough to see Mickey play in Yankee Stadium in about 1967 vs Detroit. I was even more fortunate to see him play almost every Saturday in the 50’s and 60’s on TV with my Dad. I think he was the greatest switch hitter and power hitter ever. Probably the fastest, too. He, along with Lou Gherig, were the greatest ever. Thank you, Mick, for giving us young kids hope in the 50’s and 60’s. God Bless You

  6. Bill Calderon December 25, 2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I remember going with my uncle to Yankee Stadium to see Mickey Mantle do his stuff. Now this was during the riots in Newark, NJ. That shows that there was NOTHING that would stop us from going to see Mick hit his home runs. On the way home we saw a man approach a National Guardsman and saw the Guardsman hit him in the face with the butt of his rifle. Yet all we could talk about was the Mick.

  7. Robert D Carr June 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I was fortunate enough to attend the game where Mickey hit his 500th home run along with my mother and father. The trip from central New York state to Yankee Stadium was a birthday gift for me and a mother’s day gift from my mother from Dad. Thanks Dad! We sat across from 3rd base about 5 rows up from the field. What a thrill it was to watch Mickey play baseball and to top it off with his 500th career home run was awesome to this 16 year old.

  8. Allen B. June 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I remember sitting in front of the TV with my dad and just waiting for the Mick to come to the plate. You just knew that when Mickey came to the plate some thing was going to happen you could just feel it.

    Thanks for those little boy memories
    You will always be my YANKEE HERO

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