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MLB: Why Mickey Mantle Almost Gave Up Switch-Hitting in 1960

Mantle's pursuit of greatness was hampered greatly by his leg injuries, but it was a shoulder injury that might have been more significant in hamstringing his career.

It was the first inning of the third game of the 1957 World Series. Mantle, who had walked, advanced to second when Milwaukee Braves right-hander Bob Buhl walked Yogi Berra.

It was the worst walk of Yogi's career.

As Mantle took his lead off second, Buhl whirled and fired wildly to second base in a pick-off attempt. Mantle dived back into second headfirst as the ball headed for the outfield.

Second baseman Red Schoendienst fell onto Mantle's right shoulder with the full force of his weight.

After the game, Mantle told reporters, "It was as if ...

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