Friday, May 18, 1962 Yankee Stadium: Mantle hurt on final out against Minnesota.
Groundout: SS-1B; this was a classic Mickey injury: trailing 4-3 in the 9th Mickey batted right handed with Tom Tresh on second and two out; Mickey belted a one hop rocket to Minnesota SS Zoilo Versalles, which staggered Versalles; Mickey lunged with his final step to first base and pulled a muscle; he fell as if shot; he made the final out of the game and was carried off the field.
Saturday, June 16, 1962 Cleveland Stadium Cleveland: Mantle returned.
Top 8th, Yanks trailed 7-6, one out, 2 on: Gary Bell replaces Bob Allen pitching and batting 9th; Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Marshall Bridges (P) batting 9th; HR Mantle (8, off G Bell; 8th inn, 2 on, 1 out); Mantle's three run HR put Yanks ahead 9-7 but Cleveland won 10-9.
Wednesday, June 5, 1963 Memorial Stadium Baltimore: Mantle hurt trying to prevent a home run.
Brooks Robinson (4, off W Ford; 6th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to CF); Harry Bright replaces Mickey Mantle (CF) playing 1B batting 4th Joe Pepitone moves from 1B to CF
Mantle leaped against the chain link fence and his spikes caught in the fence. When he fell Mickey broke his foot and tore ligaments. I saw the front page of the New York Daily News the next morning as I waited for the subway to high school: "Mantle breaks foot, out season".
Robinson's HR tied the game 3-3 but Yanks won 4-3.
Sunday, August 4, 1963 Yankee Stadium: Mantle returns against Baltimore.
There have been stories written about whether Mantle was prepared to play that day. This post only addresses the facts.
Bottom 7th, Yanks trailed 10-9 with one out: Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Steve Hamilton (P) batting 9th; HR Mantle (12, off G Brunet; 7th inn, 0 on, 1 out to LF). Mantle tied the game.
Initially I thought "oh no, he hit it to Death Valley, it will never go out". My recollection is that it cleared the 457 sign in left center. Yanks won 11-10 in 10 innings.
The Mick's next seven games:
Saturday, August 10, 1963: Dodger Stadium LA
Top 9th Yanks trail Angels 1-0, leading off against Dean Chance: Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Clete Boyer (3B) batting 8th; Walk; Jack Reed pinch runs for Mickey Mantle (PH) batting 8th; Reed scores. Yanks win 2-1. Ford wins 17th.
Sunday, August 11, 1963: Dodger Stadium LA
Top 8th Yanks trail Angels 1-0, two out, runner on second. Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Clete Boyer (3B) batting 8th; Walk against Dan Osinski; Phil Linz pinch runs for Mickey Mantle (PH) batting 8th. No runs. Trailing 4-1 in 9th, Howard hits three run homer to tie. Yanks win 6-4 in 10.
Wednesday, August 14, 1963: Fenway Park Boston
Top 8th Yanks trail Boston 3-0, one out, one on. Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Jim Bouton (P) batting 9th; Strikeout Looking against Dave Morehead. No runs. Yanks score four in 9th but lose 5-4.
Friday, August 16, 1963: White Sox Park Chicago
Top 8th Yanks trail Chicago 2-0. Leading off against Juan Pizzaro: Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Whitey Ford (P) batting 9th; Groundout: SS-1B. No runs. Yanks score four in 9th, win 4-2; Tresh, Lopez, Boyer homer.
Saturday, August 17, 1963: White Sox Park Chicago
Top 8th Yanks trail Chicago 2-0. Against Gary Peters: Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Al Downing (P) batting 9th; Walk; Jack Reed pinch runs for Mickey Mantle (PH) batting 9th. No runs. Yanks lose 2-0.
Thursday, August 22, 1963: Yankee Stadium
Bottom 5th Yanks trail Cleveland 6-0, two out, two on. Against Mudcat Grant Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Bill Kunkel (P) batting 9th; Lineout: CF. No runs. Yanks lose 7-4.
Sunday, August 25, 1963: Yankee Stadium second game doubleheader
Bottom 12th Yanks trail Chicago 2-1, two out. Against Gary Peters Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Steve Hamilton (P) batting 9th; Groundout: 2B-1B. Final out of game.
Sunday, September 1, 1963 Memorial Stadium Baltimore: The Mick gets revenge against Baltimore again, this time at the scene of his terrible injury.
8th inning, Baltimore leads 4-1, one out, one on: Mickey Mantle pinch hits for Tom Metcalf (P) batting 9th; HR Mantle (13, off M McCormick; 8th inn, 1 on, 1 out to LF). Mantle's two run HR made it Baltimore 4, Yankees 3. Three batters later Tom Tresh hit a two run homer to put Yanks up 5-4, the final score.
Monday, September 2, 1963, Tiger Stadium Detroit: game one Mantle PH: DP. Yanks win 5-4. In game two Mantle returns to CF for the first time since his June 5 injury and goes 2 for 3 plus a walk; caught stealing. Yanks lose 2-1.
Mantle PH in each of the next two Yankee games but then only once more in 1963 (Sept. 20), playing CF in the others.
Ah, the Mick!