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This Day in Yankees History: Mickey Mantle’s last blast

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The Hall of Famer hits his last home run on this day in 1968

Mickey Mantle Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip into the past. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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62 Years Ago

Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm pitches a no-hitter against the Yankees as Baltimore tops New York 1-0. It is the last time the Yankees will be no-hit in almost 50 years, until six Astros pitchers replicate the feat in 2003.

52 Years Ago

Mickey Mantle hits the 536th and final home run of his legendary career against the Red Sox in a 4-3 loss. At the time, the Mick’s 536 long balls were the third most in baseball history. Mantle would retire the next March, and be honored almost immediately by the Yankees in June of 1969.

22 Years Ago

From one Hall of Famer to another, on September 20, 1998, Cal Ripken Jr. ends his 2632 consecutive game streak, taking himself out of the lineup before the Orioles matchup with the Yankees. It’s poetic that Ripken’s streak ended before a game with New York, as he famously broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played.

7 Years Ago

Speaking of the Iron Horse, in 2013 Alex Rodriguez hits the 24th grand slam of his career, breaking a tie with Gehrig for the most in baseball history. Not only was it a historically notable grand slam, it also broke a 1-1 tie with the Giants and ended up being the game-winning hit.

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We thank Baseball-Reference and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.