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Was This Mickey Mantle’s Greatest Game with the New York Yankees?

Mantle failed to run out a ground ball in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader against the Washington Senators on Aug. 15, 1960. New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel immediately benched Mickey. It was an ignominious moment for the Yankees, Stengel and especially Mickey.

The Yankees now trailed both the defending American League champion Chicago White Sox and the upstart Baltimore Orioles by a half game.

Stengel had made his point and Mickey had learned his lesson.

The next night, the Baltimore Orioles came to Yankee Stadium to open a crucial two-game set. Mickey was back in the lineup.

Stengel sent Art Ditmar, who was his most effective pitcher, to face the Birds' youngster, Jerry Walker. Mickey Mantle beat the Orioles, ...

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