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ESPN NY Hall of Fame

Our inaugural class:

Babe Ruth

Joe DiMaggio

Lou Gehrig

Mickey Mantle

Jackie Robinson


Babe is top vote-getter

The finalists | Photo gallery Photo Gallery

Looking ahead to 2012 »

Note: Active players are not eligible.


• Video: Panelists debate on Hall candidates Video

• Ian O'Connor: Where is Patrick Ewing?

• Andrew Marchand: Babe is king of NYC

• Johnette Howard: Make room for LT

• Wallace Matthews: Ballot of Willis and Joe Willie

• Rob Parker: Remember the Islanders

• Mechelle Voepel: Rise of women's hoops


Each team's fab five:

• Baseball: Yankees | Mets

• Football: Giants | Jets

• Basketball: Knicks | Nets | St. John's | Liberty

• Hockey: Rangers | Islanders | Devils

Mickey Mantle

Yankees (1951-68)






Someone had to replace Joe DiMaggio in center field.

And that someone was a kid from Commerce, Okla., by the name of Mickey Mantle.

Mantle was hyped as the next superstar, and with that hype came great expectations when the Yankees fast-tracked him from the minors. After struggling as a 19-year-old rookie and tearing up his knee in the 1951 World Series, Mantle didn't just meet the expectations -- he exceeded them, becoming the ultimate fan favorite at Yankee ...

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