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April 17, 1951 Yankee Stadium SGC "Authentic" Ticket Stub - Mickey Mantle Debut

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As the Yankees soared to a record five successive World Series titles from 1949 through 1953, the dominant run was not without ample preparation and foresight. Stacked with Hall of Famers and perennial All-Stars, the Yankee roster was solid at the Major League level, as well as rich with up-and-coming players groomed in the farm system. Billed as a “can’t miss” prospect, Mickey Mantle lived up to the scouting reports as he hit .383 for the 1950 Joplin Miners. And while the stage at Yankee Stadium is far more glamorous and daunting than any Western Association venue, Mantle got the call and debuted at the tender age of 19. Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by SGC, this ticket stub was issued on April 17, 1951 at Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees’ season opener and the first-ever appearance by Mantle. The colorful “Grandstand Admission” voucher features printed seating/event details, as well as the club’s stars-and-stripes themed “top hat” logo. An “APR 17 1951” stamping was rendered by the box office. Having failed in his first two at-bats that afternoon, Mantle reached Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Wight for a 6th-inning single that scored teammate Jackie Jensen. This is a scarce survivor from the opening chapter of one of the most spectacular careers in baseball history.

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