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Mickey Mantle Produced the Two Greatest Seasons of the Modern Era

Mantle has had the finest back-to-back seasons in the modern era, which started in 1947.

In 1956, Mantle won the Major League’s Triple Crown when he batted .353, hit 52 home runs and batted in 130 runs. In 1957, he batted .365 with 34 home runs and 94 RBIs.

Wins Above Replacement is a powerful statistic that takes into account everything that a player accomplishes.

WAR asks the question, “If this player were injured and his team had to replace him with a minor leaguer or someone from the bench, how much value would the team be losing?”

Mantle's WAR of 12.9 in 1956 is the highest since 1947. Only Babe Ruth, both in 1923 (14.7) and in 1921 (14.0) topped Mantle’s 12.9. Mantle had a WAR of 12.5 in ...

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