On October 5, 1951 — In Game 2 of the World Series, right fielder Mickey Mantle’s season comes to an immediate end when he severely injures his right knee when his cleats get caught on a drainage cap at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio’s abrupt call for Willie Mays’ fly ball in center field leads many to believe the last minute call was a contributing factor to the torn cartilage suffered by the 19 year-old rookie.

 


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