Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

October 20, 1931 - August 13, 1995 | aka The Mick,The Commerce Comet,Muscles | 5' 11" | 198lbs. | Bats: Both
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYA AL 1951 96 341 61 91 43 74 11 5 13 65 8 7 .267 .349 .443 11 19 .307 n/a
NYA AL 1952 142 549 94 171 75 111 37 7 23 87 4 1 .311 .394 .530 12 18 .357 n/a
NYA AL 1953 127 461 105 136 79 90 24 3 21 92 8 4 .295 .398 .497 15 17 .329 n/a
NYA AL 1954 146 543 129 163 102 107 17 12 27 102 5 2 .300 .408 .525 16 17 .329 n/a
NYA AL 1955 147 517 121 158 113 97 25 11 37 99 8 1 .306 .431 .611 18 15 .313 n/a
NYA AL 1956 150 533 132 188 112 99 22 5 52 130 10 1 .353 .464 .705 17 15 .352 n/a
NYA AL 1957 144 474 121 173 146 75 28 6 34 94 16 3 .365 .512 .665 23 12 .378 n/a
NYA AL 1958 150 519 127 158 129 120 21 1 42 97 18 3 .304 .443 .592 20 18 .323 n/a
NYA AL 1959 144 541 104 154 93 126 23 4 31 75 21 3 .285 .390 .514 15 20 .319 n/a
NYA AL 1960 153 527 119 145 111 125 17 6 40 94 14 3 .275 .399 .558 17 19 .286 n/a
NYA AL 1961 153 514 132 163 126 112 16 6 54 128 12 1 .317 .448 .687 20 17 .309 n/a
NYA AL 1962 123 377 96 121 122 78 15 1 30 89 9 0 .321 .486 .605 24 16 .336 n/a
NYA AL 1963 65 172 40 54 40 32 8 0 15 35 2 1 .314 .441 .622 19 15 .310 n/a
NYA AL 1964 143 465 92 141 99 102 25 2 35 111 6 3 .303 .423 .591 17 18 .320 n/a
NYA AL 1965 122 361 44 92 73 76 12 1 19 46 4 1 .255 .379 .452 17 17 .273 n/a
NYA AL 1966 108 333 40 96 57 76 12 1 23 56 1 1 .288 .389 .538 15 19 .308 n/a
NYA AL 1967 144 440 63 108 107 113 17 0 22 55 1 1 .245 .391 .434 19 20 .277 n/a
NYA AL 1968 144 435 57 103 106 97 14 1 18 54 6 2 .237 .385 .398 19 18 .262 n/a
Career 18yrs 2401 8102 1677 2415 1733 1710 344 72 536 1509 153 38 .298 .421 .557 17 17 .318 n/a
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Totally agreed about the series being worth the price of admission.  I think he really plotted out the numbers.  Schmidt and Robinson both wore #20 so it was great he could give them both the numerical respect, but it also allowed him to not have a #19, which had its own value (now revealed).  

I had the rankings pretty close to expected, but he flipped Charleston and Paige from what I expected and explained himself perfectly as to why.  I was expecting Cobb somewhat higher, but as he's said all week - the player today might be the best player ever.

For the past 3+ months it's the first thing I read in the morning.  I'm going to miss the profiles when it's over.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 3

Eugene, now we know why Mike Schmidt and Frank Robinson were tied at 20. Joe Posnanski left out 19 because of the Black Sox scandal. I missed that.

As we move from 100 down to 1, the top 10 rankings are  more serious, as you suggested. With Oscar Charleston at number 5, Posnanski explains his thinking about some of the numbers, especially Charleston:

"I want you to feel rage about this ranking. Because there are only two possibilities. One is that I’m over-ranking Charleston, perhaps out of a raw sentimentality.

The other is that this is about right, that he was one of the greatest — maybe even the greatest — baseball player who ever lived and most of America ignored him.

And — here’s where the rage part comes in — we’ll never know for sure."

Posnanski's opus is a grand series in The Athletic, reason enough to pony up for a subscription.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Apr 3

Makes me smile to discover that there are several of us in the Paige tribe with photos of Satchel on our walls.  I also grew up in Cleveland in the 40s and 50s, so Satchel Paige and Larry Doby have always been my favorite players from that era.  So, not surprisingly, two of my 30-year+ fantasy team names are Paige in History and Doby in Center.  

Russ Fox olyfox
Mar 23

Seadogs, are you saying something might be gaining on me?

My photo of SP is also in a Monarchs uni, more of a baseball card pose, hands to his chest as if to begin his motion, looking to his left.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 23

TMU, pictures of only two ballplayers are in my office, my son (an amateur who still occasionally catches at age 46) and Satchel Paige. The Paige picture is from the 1995 Baseball Calendar based on the Illustrated History of the game by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns. Paige is December and titled The Man who "Threw Fire."  He is lounging in a dugout wearing a Kansas City Monarchs uniform.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Mar 23

So you're saying that when you look back, you can see a picture of Satchel Paige?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 23

If I turn in my desk chair just now (I'm working from home), there's a photo of Mr. Paige on my home office wall.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 23

Read Paige today. He was my favorite ballplayer, going back to early childhood when my dad introduced me -- no, unfortunately, not in person -- to his favorite player on the Cleveland Indians of 1948. I was 3 that year, so I don't remember exactly the timing. But, as I was growing up in Oberlin just 35 miles from Cleveland, Paige has always been part of my life, from stories of his struggles to his pitching prowess to his homespun humor. Baseball's greatest pitcher was one of my early heroes, and he's still hanging in. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Mar 23

He had a tie of Mike Schmidt and Frank Robinson at 20.  That seems to be the last of the ceremonial rankings.  Rickey at 24 was another.  Trout at 27. Maddux at 31.  Seaver at 41.  Jackie at 42.  DiMaggio at 56.

Schmidt and Robinson are close if not in the top 20, so he played it straight with them.  The others in the top 20, ahead of them are Speaker, Hornsby, ARod, Josh Gibson, Gehrig, Clemens, Honus Wagner, and Mantle.

It leaves Ruth, Walter Johnson, Bonds, Mays, Cobb, Aaron, Musial, and Ted Williams by bWAR, plus Oscar Charleston and Satchel Paige, the best player and pitcher from the Negro Leagues.  I think he puts Teddy Ballgame higher up the list due to the loss of 5+ years in two wars.  I expect The Big Train will be dropped a couple slots.  I think he will slot Paige either 5 or 6 and Charleston either 10th or ahead of Musial.  I expect him to put Mays ahead of Bonds, but I wouldn't be shocked with Bonds #2.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mar 23

And putting Willie at No. 24 would be a disgrace.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 22