In 1955, Mickey Mantle was just 23 years old, but he was already cementing a place for himself in Cooperstown. He had the first elite season of his career, batting .303/.431/.611 (9.5 WAR), the best in baseball that season. In fact, there have barely been 100 seasons in history where a position player matched or exceeded Mantle's '55 WAR.
The fans were selecting the All-Stars by that time and chose the young Oklahoman as the AL's starting centerfielder. He was to face fellow future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts at the new County Stadium in Milwaukee. In the lineup, manager Al Lopez of the Indians put Nellie Fox and Ted Williams ahead of Mantle, and Yogi Berra and Al Kaline behind him. It was some lineup.
It didn't take long for Mantle to show he would dominate baseball for the next decade. Four batters into the game (after a wild pitch had already led to one run), Mantle stepped to the plate with runners on first and second. He cracked a home run to deep centerfield and the AL had a 4-0 lead before an out was made.
The NL staged a comeback though, eventually winning on a walkoff home run from Stan Musial in the 12th inning. It was only the second All-Star Game to go into extra innings.
Despite the AL blowing a 5-0 lead, it hardly put a dent in the Yankees' season, as they went on to win the pennant before losing to the "Boys of Summer" in a seven-game World Series. But everyone knew the Yankees' dynasty of greatness would continue with "The Mick," who had inherited the role from Joe DiMaggio (and before him Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth prior to him).