March 1, 1969 Citing “I can’t hit when I need …

March 1, 1969

Citing “I can’t hit when I need to”, Mickey Mantle announces his retirement, thus ending his fabled Hall of Fame career. The often-injured Yankee slugger ranks third, behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, on the all-time home run list with 536 homers, and finishes his 18-year career with a .298 batting average.