Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are presented with their plaques

April 11th 1969

On this Day in 1969, the New York Yankees presented Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio with their plaques in center field. These plaques hung up on the centerfield wall until the remolding of the stadium in the mid 1970’s when they built “Monument Park” the place that Mantle and DiMaggio both have monuments along with many other Yankee greats. When Mantle presented DiMaggio with his plaque he stated “certainly if they are going to give me one (Plaque) his has got to be hanging just a little bit higher than mine” continuing to say that DiMaggio is the greatest Yankee that he ever saw .

Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio are two of the greatest players to put on a Yankees uniform and have rightfully earned their spots in the Hall of Fame. Mantle, commonly known as “The Mick” finished his career with 20 All-Star Game appearances, 3 MVP’s, and 7 World Series titles. He had a .298 career batting average with 536 homeruns.

His Predecessor Joe DiMaggio was a 13 time All-Star, with 3 MVP’s and 9 World Series wins. With a .325 career batting average “The Yankee Clipper” had a career 2,214 hits placing him 5th on the Yankees all-time hit list and making him one of the all-time Yankee greats.