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New York Yankees: Mickey Mantle Bunted His Way to the Triple Crown

his Triple Crown season of 1956, Mickey Mantle beat out over a dozen bunts by the end of July.

Mantle told his good friend and confidant, Tom Molito, that many writers criticized him for not swinging away since he was eight games ahead of Babe Ruth's 60 home run pace entering August.

Tom wasn't especially surprised. He had followed Mickey's career closely and thought that one great advantage Mantle had over other sluggers, including Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, was that he could bunt. Tom also knew that most baseball people wanted home run hitters to swing away, not bunt for a base hit.

Mantle sat back and laughed his boyish laugh as he explained that although the New York Yankees held a comfortable lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians, ...

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