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The Day Mickey Mantle Was Benched for Not Hustling

Mantle matured on Aug. 14, 1960. The New York Yankees were embroiled in a tense pennant race with the defending American League champion Chicago White Sox and the upstart young Baltimore Orioles.

The Washington Senators were in Yankee Stadium for a doubleheader. The Yankees were in first place, but when the games had been completed, they were a third-place team.

Washington won the first game when pitcher Camilo Pascual hit a grand slam off Yankees starter Bullet Bob Turley. The nightcap was one of the most significant in Yankees history, but not because the Yankees lost.

Left-hander Jack Kralick started for the Senators against the Yankees pitcher whose claim to fame was that his last name needed one more vowel. Eli Grba held Washington ...

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