Joe DiMaggio & Mickey Mantle 1951 World Series Knee Injury Original Wire Photograph

Joe DiMaggio watches a downed Mickey Mantle, in what would become the most famous knee injury in the history of the New York Yankees, in this 9 x 7 original black and white wire photograph, wire story on the verso. The scene is game 2 of the 1951 World Series between the New York Yankees and New York Giants on October 5th, in Yankee Stadium. In the 5th inning , Giants rookie sensation Willie Mays, hit a ball to deep right center field. Mantle playing right field and DiMaggio in center, went for the ball. Mantle in his first season, was a speedster and DiMaggio in his last season, may have lost a step. According to Mickey Mantle: “Casey had told me before the game, ‘Take everything you can get to right field.’ Of Mays’s ball, Mantle said: “I was running as hard as I could to get over to it because Casey had told me before the game about how Joe had slowed up a little bit, he thought. Well, anyway, when I get there, Joe is already standing under the ball. He said, ‘I got it.’ And you don’t want to run into Joe DiMaggio. So when I tried to stop — I was going as fast as I could — my back cleat in my spike stuck in a rubber drain, and when it did, my knee went right out through the front of my leg and I just folded up on the field.” Mickey Mantle was carried off the field on a stretcher, to the horror of 66,018 in attendance at Yankee Stadium. In a twist of fate, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle will always be compared as the two greatest center fielders ever to wear a Yankee uniform. This is the last time the two would be on the field together in an official game. Comes with a certificate that unconditionally guarantees the authenticity of this item.

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Joe DiMaggio & Mickey  Mantle  1951 World Series Knee Injury Original Wire Photograph

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