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Apil 15, 1951 Exhibition Program from Mantle's First-Ever Home Run in New York

Lot Number 519

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Among baseball’s obscure nuggets is the fact that Mickey Mantle christened the Houston Astrodome with the first-ever hit and, in the same game, first-ever home run at the avant-garde site. What is also lost in the ocean of exhibition statistics is Mantle’s first-ever home run in New York. It was launched in Flatbush on April 15, 1951. The muscular crew-cut 19-year-old from rural Oklahoma belted a long home run off of Brooklyn right-hander Jim Romano and circled the bases for the first time in any New York City borough. As he crossed the plate with the number "6" on his back, Mantle was greeted by teammate Cliff Mapes, who was wearing number "7." Later that summer, of course, Mapes was dealt to the St. Louis Browns and when Mantle returned from a stint in the minor leagues, he was issued number "7." This program was issued for that historic fence-clearing first! The 20-page exhibition guide features crisp pages and covers. Center pages feature scoring grids with pre-printed lineups that list Mantle in the No. 3 slot with the uniform number “6” (Joe DiMaggio was the cleanup hitter). The scoring grids remain unmarked. Note: the overall program design is from 1950 (a "1" has been inscribed over the "0" in "1950" on the front cover), as the Dodgers did not produce new programs for the sake of exhibitions. The pre-printed lineups, however, indicate that the guide could only be for 1951 rosters. For the sake of accuracy, we note there is a vertical compacting fold, yet the overall presentation is quite nice!   



 
 
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