The days of winning pennants were gone for good, but there were still personal milestones to achieve as Mickey Mantle’s career wound to a close. One of them is captured in a photograph that highlights the newly launched RMY Auctions online catalog.
The 1967 United Press International wirephoto shows Mantle posing with a bat displaying the number 2,165 as he prepared to break the all-time Yankees record for most games played that had been set by Lou Gehrig three decades earlier.
The 6 ¼” x 7” photo was taken June 12 as he chatted with reporters, but Mantle was battling a pulled thigh muscle and wasn’t able to break the record until June 15 when he pinch hit during the second game of a doubleheader in Washington. He was in his 17th year with the Yankees while the ill-fated Gehrig had accomplished his mark in 14.
Mantle would wind up playing 2,401 games with the Yankees, a team record that would stand until it was broken by Derek Jeter who ended his career last year with 2,747 games under his belt, all with the Bronx Bombers.
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