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Mickey Mantle (left), Whitey Ford (right), Cool Papa Bell (inset). Not pictured: Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, Jocko Conlan.

In terms of raw production, Mantle was one of the 10 greatest hitters ever and, before injuries destroyed his legs, was also one of the game's greatest athletes. He and Yankee ace Ford won eight World Series and 13 pennants with the Yankees, the last 10 together, with Ford posting the highest regular-season winning percentage in history despite frequently pitching out of rotation against the better teams in the league. Center fielder Bell is among the pantheon of Negro Leaguers and widely regarded as the fastest man ever to play the game.

Text: Cliff Corcoran
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