Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 14, 1967: 500 Bombs For The Mick

     On May 14, 1967, Mickey Mantle blasted the 500th home run of his legendary career off of Baltimore Orioles reliever Stu Miller. It came during the seventh inning of the contest at Yankee Stadium, and led the Bronx Bombers to a 6-5 victory. Mantle's historic day was nearly hijacked in the eighth when Mantle committed an error at first base that started a rally for the O's. However, the error only led to one run, before Dooley Womack put the Baltimore batting order to bed the rest of the way.

     Mantle was just the sixth player in the history of the game to reach the 500 home run plateau. The names that came before him were: Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Jimmie  Foxx, and Babe Ruth. Mantle hit 36 more before calling it a career after the '68 season. The Yankees legend will forever be remembered as one of the greatest to ever pick up a bat.

Watch Mantle make history, with Jerry Coleman making the call: "Here it goes!! It's outta here!!!"

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