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Mickey Mantle Costs the New York Yankees the 1955 World Championship

are times when a valid reason exists to explain an event. The Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Championship in 1955 because Mickey Mantle was hurt.

Mickey was the American League's top slugger in 1955, leading the junior circuit in home runs (37), slugging (.611), on base average (.431), OPS (1.042), extra base hits (73), triples (11, tied with Andy Carey), and walks (113). He batted .306.

The New York Yankees won the first game of the World Series without Mantle. Irv Noren played center field, batted third, and was hitless in four at bats.

Mickey sat out the second game as the Yankees won again to take a two games to none lead. No team in World Series history had ever won the first two games at home and failed to become ...

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