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Mickey Mantle: The First of 536 Home Runs Was a Typical Mantle Blast

date was May 1, 1951. The site was Comiskey Park in Chicago. The pitcher was right-hander Randy Gumpert.

Batting lead-off and playing right field for the New York Yankees was rookie sensation Mickey Mantle.

Mantle stepped into the right-hand side of the batter’s box to start the game against White Sox starter Bob Cain. All he could manage was a weak ground ball to second baseman Nelson Fox.

In the third inning, with the Yankees trailing by a pair of runs, Mantle came up with the bases loaded and two outs. He pulled a sharp ground ball to third base that went through Minnie Minoso’s legs. Two runs scored on what was ruled an error.

In the fourth inning, still facing southpaw Cain, Mantle hit a fly ball to center ...

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