This Day In Sports History (September 18th) — Mickey Mantle Day
It was on this day in 1965 that the New York Yankees held “Mickey Mantle Day” at Yankee Stadium. The day was meant to honor one of the team’s greatest players ever, Mickey Mantle.
Mantle was in the midst of his 15th season with the Bronx Bombers, and he had already earned seven World Series Championships, three AL MVP Awards, a Triple Crown, and 14 All-Star appearances. But with Yankees management under the impression that Mantle’s playing days were numbered, they decided to celebrate the center fielder’s storied career by giving him his very own day, an honor bestowed upon only four other Yankees at the time (Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig).
Mantle would go on to play three more season for the Yankees, before announcing his retirement on March 1, 1969.
Here is a look at the game program from “Mickey Mantle Day.”
Lance Armstrong, Cycling – Born on September 18, 1971 (age 42) in Plano, Texas
Rick Pitino, NCAA – Born on September 18, 1952 (age 41) in New York, New York
Darryl Sittler, NHL – Born on September 18, 1950 (age 43) in Kitchener, Ontario