Ever since 1951, baseball fans have been asking the question, “Who’s the better all around baseball player – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle?

Looking at the statistics below makes it difficult for anyone to draw a quick conclusion as both players were fairly evenly matched. Both were gifted players who dominated their respective leagues for many years.

Willie Mays played 22 seasons while, due to injuries, Mickey Mantle played 18. Thus, Willie definitely compiled higher career numbers with the additional 4 seasons. In order to try to create an apples-apples perspective on the stats, we’ve calculated the season high for each player in each category. We’ve also calculated the season average for each player in each category.

Who was the best? YOU be the judge. Feel free to comment with your choice and the reasoning behind your choice.

Thanks,

The Mantle Family

Career Achievemets

AchievementMickey MantleWillie Mays
Rookie of the Year Awards01
Triple Crown Awards10
MVP Awards32
Player of the Year Awards11
World Series124
All-Star Appearances2024
Gold Glove Awards112
#Years with .300+ Batting Avg1010
#Years League Batting Leader11
#Years League Home Run Leader44
#Years League RBI Leader10
#Years League On Base Percentage Leader32
#Years League Slugging Percentage Leader45
#Years League On Base + Slugging (OPS) Leader65
At Bats Per Home Run15.116.5
Career Fielding Average.985.981

Comparisons

Statistics from www.baseball-reference.com
 Career BestSeasonSeasonHighSeasonAverageWorld
Series
MantleMaysMantleMaysMantleMaysMantleMaysMantleMays
Seasons182219561954n/an/an/an/a124
G240129921501511531621331366520
AB81021088153356554962145049523071
R167720621321191321309394429
H241532831881951882081341495917
2B34452322333743192463
3B7214051312204620
HR536660524154523030180
RBI150919031301101301418487406
SB153338108214091532
CS38103157192540
BB17331464112661461129667437
SO1710152699571261239569549
BA0.2980.3020.3530.3450.3650.3470.2980.3020.2570.239
OBP0.4210.3840.4640.4110.5120.4250.4210.3840.3740.302
SLG0.5570.5570.7050.6670.7050.6670.5570.5570.5350.282
OPS0.9770.9411.1691.0781.1771.0780.9770.9410.9080.589
OPS+172156210175222184172156n/an/a
TB4511606637637737638225127612320
IBB1261926023207960