Tuesday, September 24, 2013

1962 Topps #318: Mickey Mantle In Action

In 1955, Mickey Mantle became the 6th player in the Major Leagues to hit a homerun from both sides of the plate in a single game (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats20.shtml).  In 1956, Mantle switch hit homeruns in a single game for the 3rd and 4th times to break the all-time record of two switch hit homeruns in a single game previously held by Jim Russell.  Mantle would finish his career with a total of 10 switch hit homeruns within a single game--a record that stood until 1994.  To date, only four other players have accomplished this feat: E.Murray, N.Swisher, M.Teixeira, and T.Clark.  Mantle hit 372 of his career 536 homeruns left-handed.

The 1962 Topps baseball card set contained 9 total In Action cards numbered from #311-319.  Topps also included In Action cards with the 1972 and 1982 sets. 

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