As all things must, the amazing career of Mickey Mantle came to an end in 1968. Aging and battered by injuries and hard-living, the "Commerce Comet" still managed to delight fans with a few milestones at the end. On 9/19/68 Detroit Tigers stud pitcher Denny McLain served up a meatball that Mickey mashed for his 535th career homer, passing the great Jimmie Foxx for third place on the all-time HR list.
The next day is what concerns us here. On 9/20/68 while facing bitter rivals the Boston Red Sox, Mantle belted his 536th MLB homer off Sox ace "Gentleman Jim" Lonborg, the last of his career. For all intents, this game was Mantle's last hurrah as a player. Though he played in another week's worth of games, he added just a single hit and a few walks the rest of the way. At the time of his retirement he stood behind only fellow longball legends "Babe" Ruth and Willie Mays on the career home run list.
Own a piece of the action with this graded 9/20/68 Yankee Stadium ticket stub. Cited as the highest graded stub from this event, this important souvenir is rated (VG 3) by respected certification service PSA. Label notations are as follows: "1968 N.Y. Yankees/Sep. 20, BOS-4, NY-3/Mickey Mantle HR #536-Last Homer of Career".
Printed as "Game No. P, Series C", this Yankee Stadium ticket stub was used for a make-up game rescheduled from a 7/24/68 rain-out. A look at a 1968 Yankees schedule reveals that 9/20/68 was an off-day followed by home games against the Red Sox on 9/21 and 9/22. The attendance for this historic 9/20/68 game was approximately 15,000 and stubs from this day are rarely offered.