The New York Yankees Museum this week opened a new exhibit dedicated to Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle.
The “Mickey Mantle: The Life and Legacy of a Baseball Hero” exhibit includes a number of artifacts on loan from private collectors and the Mantle family and private collectors. According to the Yankees, some of these items are being displayed for the first time.
Mantle’s first Yankees contract, signed in 1949; his outfielder’s glove used in 1962; and the bat Mantle used in the 1964 World Series when he hit his record 18th — and final — postseason home run are among the items on display. The exhibit also features baseball cards from all 18 seasons, including his 1951 Bowman rookie card and his 1952 Topps card.
Nicknamed the “Commerce Comet,” Mantle played his entire 18-year career with the Yankees. A career .298 hitter, Mantle slugged 536 home runs and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Earlier this year, the museum opened the “Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig: Baseball’s Hardest-Hitting Teammates” exhibit. The Mantle and Ruth/Gehrig exhibits will remain on display through the 2013 season.
The museum, located on the Main Level of Yankee Stadium near Gate 6, is open on game days when gates open until the end of the eighth inning. On non-game days, the museum is open as part of tours of Yankee Stadium.