New York Yankees: 4 players who are on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore

CLEVELAND, OH - 1927: Babe Ruth signing baseball before Indians - Yankees game at League Park. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images).
CLEVELAND, OH - 1927: Babe Ruth signing baseball before Indians - Yankees game at League Park. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images). /
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NEW YORK – 1951: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #6, of the New York Yankees, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1951 at Yankee Stadium. Mantle wore number 6 when the 1951 season opened, but was issued number 7 when he returned later in the season from an assignment to the AAA club in Kansas City. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – 1951: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #6, of the New York Yankees, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1951 at Yankee Stadium. Mantle wore number 6 when the 1951 season opened, but was issued number 7 when he returned later in the season from an assignment to the AAA club in Kansas City. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) /

New York Yankees: Mickey Mantle belongs on the franchise Mount Rushmore

Mickey Mantle could not even sign his own contract, his very first with the New York Yankees. Why? Well, he was only 17 years old, so his parents had to sign it. The rest, they say, is history.

Over 19 years wearing the Pinstripes, Mantle won three MVPs and was part of seven championship teams. His best season was in 1956 when he slashed .353/.464/.705 with 52 home runs and drove in 130 to win the triple crown.

What he accomplished during his career in New York was nothing short of jaw-dropping. He belted 536 career home runs, 13 of which were walk-offs, he batted .300 or better in 10 seasons and was a 16-time All-Star. The Oklahoma native was a defensive stalwart in center field and first base.

Mantle might not be the first name that comes up when the Yankees’ Mount Rushmore is talked about, but seven World Series titles, one of the game’s biggest clutch hitters, and his ability to excel defensively in the infield and outfield make him an easy choice for this list.