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Number 7 - Mickey Mantle


John Elway would have to be considered here, starting five Super Bowls and with all his late game heroics. However, being as objective as possible (especially given that four of the first five best athletes are Yankees,) Mickey Mantle
is the choice for number 7. Here are his credentials:
  • All-Star: 1952-1965, 1967-1968
  • MVP, 1956-1957, 1962
  • Twelve-time pennant winner
  • Seven-time World Series winner
  • World Series record-holder for: home runs (18,) RBI (40,) runs (42,) walks (43,) extra-base hits (26,) and total bases (123.)
And according to the people who watched him play, he had blazing speed and could crush the ball. Of course, he hit 54 homers the year his teammate Roger Maris hit 61 to set the record. Did you know.....Mickey was the first switch-hitter to reach 500 career home runs?
(photo courtesy of notablebiographies.com)

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20 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:11 PM

    john elway can hold his own wearing jersey #7, he went to 4 super bowls before winning his first one and he won in consecutive years too. "Comeback Kid" he the guy you want within the last 2 minutes of any game especially the super bowl.

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    1. Can't blame Broncos fans, or NFL fans in general, for picking Elway here. He was certainly one of the best QBs in the history of the game. Looking at all four sports, over the history of each, I have to stick with Mantle here though.

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  2. Elway over the Mick

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  3. Michael Vick definitely best to wear number 7!!! Just kidding haha

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  4. The Mick is NO DOUBT the Greatest to ever wear the number "7." Elway is nice. Very nice. But Mantle was First and is still one of the best!

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  5. I think that there could be an argument made for Bobby Orr as well on this one.

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  6. Bobby Orr wore number 4 chief. thanks. im a broncos fan and i have to agree that the mick deserves this one. Elway is my homeboy but the mick was also one of the greatest natural athletes to play the game

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  7. mantle is 1st for #7. john elway and howie morenz are a close 2nd and 3rd.

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  8. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Not even a mention of Phil Esposito?

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  9. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Pele best soccer player ever

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  10. Agree about Elway. But I like Phil Esposito and Pistol Pete at 3 and 4.

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  11. Bobby Orr wore #4 and Pele wore #10. Just sayin'...

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  12. Anonymous2:16 AM

    In a few years this will be Mike Vick! MV7 BELIEVE

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  13. RichieTheGuy9:24 AM

    The Mick! No argument! When people think of #7 it's Mickey Mantle that comes to mind. Kids growing up back in the 50's would wear their Yankee caps just like the Mick and would even try to walk like the Mick. This man could hit a ball 500 feet then his next at bat could lay doown a bunt and beat it out with his Blinding Speed. The Number 7 belongs to one Man only and that Man is Mickey Mantle!

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  14. Micky Mantle's career was almost immediately reduced substantially by having two bad knees his first or second seasons that lasted his entire career. He was still great. He also played a very important position in centerfield.

    He gets my vote over Elway.

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  15. Anonymous9:39 PM

    John Elway ..... hands down

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  16. Anonymous7:12 PM

    I almost complained, having seen Elway on the NFL board...then realized that I was on the wrong one. But yes, I would agree that Mantle was the best athlete to wear the number.

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  17. Anonymous4:23 PM

    When I clicked the link for No. 7, I knew it was gonna have Mantle, even though it should undoubtedly be John Elway...disgraceful.

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  18. Elway is certainly the best NFL athlete to wear number 7, but for all of professional sports, I have to stick with the "Mick".

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  19. You have to at least mention Ted Lindsay!!!!!!!

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