To our Cuban fathers and abuelos who grew up cheering for Mickey and Whitey

Back in the 1950’s and those early days in “el exilio,” many of our fathers and “abuelos” were big Yankee fans. So let me dedicate this post to those who are still around or passed away. Two great Yankees were selected to the Hall of Fame on this day in 1974.

Mickey Mantle was one of the great power hitters in history: .298 career batting average, 536 HR and 1,509 RBI. He was also a 3-time MVP and played in 12 World Series. He had a career .421 On Base Average.

Whitey Ford was one of the best left-handers in major league history: 236 wins, 156 complete games and a 2.75 career ERA. He played in 11 World Series and won 10 games.

Mantle and Ford were part of the great Yankee teams that dominated baseball from 1949-64. They were great teammates, and it was great to see them go into the Hall of Fame together.

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  1. I remember them when I was still in Cuba and I listened to some of their games on the radio and kept a score card: I remember Moose Skowron, Tony Kubek, Gil McDougald, Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Clete Boyer, Hector Lopez, Bob Turley, Ralph Terry and then the ones that came later like Tom Tresh and so on.

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