October 20, 2011 - Happy Birthday, Mickey Mantle

Tonight two baseball teams will slug it out in the World Series, and neither team will be the great New York Yankees—as it has been 40 times in history!

Twelve of those times that the Yankees played in the World Series, outfielder and first baseman Mickey Mantle was playing. And seven of those times, the Yankees won! As a matter of fact, Mickey Mantle, star baseball player, holds the record for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Wow!

Many people think that Mickey Mantle is the greatest switch hitter of all time. That means that he could hit either left handed or right handed—which is a big benefit when hitters have to face left-handed and right-handed pitchers!

It's his birthday!

Mickey Mantle (right) with Roger Maris.
On this day in 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, Mickey Mantle was born. I would've thought that Mickey was a knick-name, and that Mantle had a first "proper" first name like Michael or Mitchell. Nope, it's really Mickey! He was named after a Hall of Fame baseball player named Mickey Cochrane. (And this Cochrane fellow's proper first name was Gordon, so no clue why he was called Mickey!)

To celebrate...maybe you could play ball! Or you can go all out and have a baseball-themed party before watching the World Series game! 

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