Mickey Mantle Statue, Commerce Oklahoma
Backstory and Context
Mickey Mantle signed a Major League Baseball contract after finishing high school where he played baseball, football, and basketball. Mantle signed with the New York Yankees at the age of 17 for the salary of $140 a week. He also received a $1,500 signing bonus. Two years later, Mantle made his Major League debut. Mantle would go on to play in 12 World Series, win 7 World Series titles, 3 MVPs (1956, 1957, 1962), 1 Gold Glove Award, still has the record for most career home runs in the World Series, and countless other accolades.