Two days (May 15 and 16) of Mickey Mantle exploits. The New York Yankees won the first game of a twin bill, 8-4, vs. the A’s on May 15, 1955, thanks to Irv Noren‘s inside-the-park grand slam. The New Yorkers had to settle for a split after losing the other contest, 4-3, even though Mickey went 4-for-9 on the day.
Then on May 15, 1963, No. 7 brought his team from behind against Pedro Ramos of the Twins. Trailing 3-0, Mickey Mantle got the Yanks going with a two-run homer. Later, he scored the winning run as the Yanks prevailed, 4-3.
And two years later on May 15, 1965, Mickey Mantle served an opposite-field dinger in Memorial Stadium off Dick Hall in a 3-2 Yankee win over the Orioles.
Moving onto May 16 highlights, rookie Mickey Mantle hit his first Stadium home run, knocked in four runs and scored three in an 11-3 thumping of the Indians on May 16, 1951. The Mick’s first Stadium victim was Cleveland’s Dick Rozek.
The precursor to a day of whispers and rumors, fines and trades, happened on May 16, 1956, when Yankee second baseman Billy Martin, celebrating his 28th birthday, was benched in favor of young Bobby Richardson for the first time. The Yanks beat the Indians 4-1 and Mickey Mantle hit one out.
Then the main event took place, exactly one year later, on May 16, 1957. The Bombers whipped Kansas City 3-0 in Yankee Stadium, as Mickey Mantle homered again. Then several Yanks celebrated Billy Martin‘s 29th birthday at New York’s Cocacabana night club. There was a fight, the police were called, and $5,500 in damages were assessed. The “usual suspects,” Mantle, Martin, Hank Bauer, and Yogi Berra, were fined $1,000 apiece, and Johnny Kucks was set back $500. Billy would soon be traded.
Finally, Mickey Mantle homered for the 13th time in the 1964 season as the Yanks beat Joe Grzenda and the Kansas City A’s 10-6 on May 16.