Signed Photographs of Mickey Mantle and Rogers Maris; Inscribed to Teammate Billy Gardner
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris Signed Photographs.
Mantle, Mickey and Roger Maris.$4,800.00
Item Number: 32061
Two black and white photographs from circa 1961 of Mickey Mantle and Rogers Maris. Each is inscribed to their 1961 teammate Billy Gardner. The Mantle photograph is signed, “To Billy My Best Wishes, Mickey Mantle.” The Maris photograph is signed, “To Bill, Best wishes to a hell of a nice guy, Roger Maris.” A nice association linking these teammates from the World Series champions. The 1961 Yankees are often mentioned as a candidate for the unofficial title of greatest baseball team in history.
The 1961 Major League Baseball season was notable for the race between center fielder Mickey Mantle and right fielder Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season (set in 1927). Maris eventually broke the record, hitting his 61st home run on October 1, the season's final day. During the season, Maris had seven multi-home run games; in a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, he hit four home runs.