Description1960 Mickey Mantle 300th Career Home Run Baseball. On the twenty-first anniversary of Lou Gehrig's brave and heartbreaking farewell, fellow pinstriped legend Mickey Mantle again made Independence Day a memorable one for Yankees fans, taking Washington Senators pitcher Hal Woodeshick deep in the first inning at Griffith Stadium. The blast would establish Mantle as the first switch hitter to summit the 300 home run plateau, and the eighteenth slugger in Major League history to accomplish the feat. The home run would prove to be one of forty at the close of the 1960 season, the last that Mantle would top American League long ball artists.
The Mick was able to retrieve the historic sphere after it hurdled the outfield wall, and years later he would donate it to the Little League Museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas, just fifteen miles from his Joplin, Missouri childhood home. There it joined other Mantle artifacts including his Gold Glove Award, 500th home run baseball, 1000th RBI ball and first career home run baseball. A pair of photos of that museum display is included in this lot, along with an enlarged copy of the newspaper coverage of the game. After years of display, the museum deaccessioned the Mantle material and it was sold at public auction in early 1997.
Over a decade later, the 300 home run ball reappears in this Platinum Night Auction. The baseball has developed an amber hue over the passing half century, and a distinctive tape stain crosses the hand applied "300," perfectly matching the image from the Baxter Springs display. Ironclad provenance, milestone cachet and derivation from the hard-slugging height of the M&M era? What could be better? Photos from Mantle museum display.
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