Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mickey Mantle & the 1951 Kansas City Blues

Mickey Mantle was sent down to the Kansas City Blues 60 years ago today. He played 40 games with KC. All of his minor league time came in Missouri and Kansas, between the 1949 Independence (Kansas) Yankees, 1950 Joplin (Missouri) Miners and '51 Blues.
Mantle and (I think) manager George Selkirk
Mantle in middle row, third from right
Detail of Mantle. Future Yankee team- and roommate Bob Cerv is to Mantle's right.
An auction site listed this as possibly Mantle's hat.

Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
1951 19 Kansas City 40 191 32 60 9 3 11 50 5 23 30 .361 .445 .651 1.096 108
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Tip of the hat to Matt Starr of All Starr Sports Zone for posting info on anniversary of Mantle coming to KC.

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