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Mickey Mantle’s Burden

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Entering the 1955 season, Mickey Mantle was once again under pressure to reach the heights predicted for him ever since he had been a rookie in 1951.

Despite having three solid seasons following a mediocre rookie year, Mickey was still only the third-best New York center fielder, ranked below the Giants' Willie Mays and Brooklyn's Duke Snider.

Greater Potential Than Joe DiMaggio

When the New York baseball writers first saw Mickey Mantle, they gave him the burden of having even greater potential than even Joe DiMaggio, primarily because Mickey was faster than Joe and he could hit the ball farther.

Mickey was criticized because he possessed the physical requisites for greatness, but except for occ...

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