Remembering the life of NY Yankees legend Mickey Mantle

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1950'S: Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait circa 1950's. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1951: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #6, of the New York Yankees, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1951 at Yankee Stadium. Mantle wore number 6 when the 1951 season opened, but was issued number 7 when he returned later in the season from an assignment to the AAA club in Kansas City. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
1950s: President Harry S Truman seen here chatting with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle before a New York Yankees Baseball game. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The 1951 World Champion New York Yankees are shown in a group portrait, from left to right, back row: Allie Reynold, Johnny Mize, Gil McDougald, Ernie Nevel, Bob Kazava, Frank Shea, Johnny Sain, Tom Morgan, Clint Courtney, Ralph Houk, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Overmire. Second row: Gus Mauch, Jim Brideweser, Archie Wilson, Jerry Coleman, Bobby Brown, Johnny Hopp, Hank Bauer, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Jensen, Joe Ostrowski, Joe Collins, Vic Reschi. Front row: Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Billy Martin, Ed Lopat, Tom Henrich, Coach; Jim Tarner, coach; Casey Stengel, manager; Frank Crosetti, Bill Dickey, Bob Moore, Art Schallock, Gene Woodling, Charles Silvera. Seated on ground: bat boys Joe Carrieri and Joe Call. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Joe DiMaggio, considered the greatest center-fielder in Yankee history, makes his appearance with his successor, Mickey Mantle. In DiMag's last season as an active player, '51, Joe gave the Mick the benefit of his knowledge as hitter and fielder. Now it's up to Mickey. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 11: Mickey mantle slides in with a run as Red Sox catcher Sammy White grabs high throw from Dom DiMaggio, Yankees win, 7-0. (Photo by Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
American professional baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995) of the New York Yankees sits on the top step of the dugout with an injured right knee at Yankee Stadium, New York, New York, May 2, 1954. (Photo by Ernest Sisto/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: Mickey Mantle being presented the Sporting News Major League Player of the Year for 1956 in this undated photo. (Photo by Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images)
Mickey Mantle, slugging star of the New York Yankees, shows fame hasn't gone to his head despite his great record of last season. He's shown trying on the "Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat" crown awarded January 14, 1957 by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association in Baltimore, Md. Mantle won the first annual award for being baseball's outstanding hitter in 1956. The diamond and emerald studded crown is valued at $3,800. (AP Photo)
Mickey Mantle, outfielder with the New York Yankees shows off his batting form, April 1961. (AP Photo)
Mickey Mantle follows through at the plate in Washington on August 14, 1961, as he adds to his string of home runs at the expense of the Washington Senators. Both Yankee sluggers, Mantle and Roger Maris, are well ahead of Babe Ruth’s record 1927 pace, when he hit 60 home runs in a single season. Maris and Mantle both homered to score the only Yankee runs as Washington won the first game of a doubleheader, 12-2. Catcher is Washington’s Gene Green. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)
NEW YORK, NY - 1956: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on the dugout steps in 1956 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. 57N0392 (Photo by: Olen Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees holds up three fingers to signify he has won the Triple Crown after a game on September 30, 1956 against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Mantle led the American League hitters in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. (Photo by: Olen Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1958: Mickey Mantle practices his batting before a game at Yankee Stadium circa 1958 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY: Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees poses for an action portrait at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York circa 1960. Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees from 1951 - 1968. (Photo by Louis Requena /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON - UNDATED: Hall of Fame member Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees runs the bases at Fenway Park during the '1960s' in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY: Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York circa 1960. Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees from 1951 - 1968. (Photo by Louis Requena /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1960's: Outfielder Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees watches the flight of a baseball during batting practice before a circa 1960's Major League Baseball game. Mantle played for the Yankees from 1951-68. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - CIRCA 1960's: Outfielder Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees is standing on second base during a circa 1960's Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. Mantle played for the Yankees from 1951-68. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
9th February 1961: American baseball players Roger Maris (1934 - 1985), (left) and Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995) lean on a fence in their New York Yankees uniforms. Maris was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player while Mantle was runner-up in 1961. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY, 1962: Outfielder Mickey Mantle, of the New York Yankees, reviews the 'dailies' with two of his sons during filming of the motion picture 'Safe at Home'. Safe at Home is being filmed at the Yankees' new Spring Training home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by: Ron Kuntz Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - 1963: Hall of Fame member Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees readies for bat at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1960's: Outfielder Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees swings and watches the flight of his ball during a circa 1960's Major League Baseball game. Mantle played for the Yankees from 1951-68. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees center fielder, is shown in 1967. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA-1970: Outfielder Mickey Mantle #7 of the New York Yankees practices hitting a golf ball off a platform prior to a game circa-1970 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Michael Grossbardt Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BRONX, NY - CIRCA 1960's: Outfielder Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees swings through a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during a circa 1960's Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. Mantle played for the Yankees from 1951-68. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 5-6 -- FILE -- ** In this July 22, 1972 file photo, New York Yankee greats Mickey Mantle, left, and Joe DiMaggio, doff their caps to the crowd at Yankee Stadium as they appeared for an old timers game between games of a doubleheader between the Yankees and the California Angels. From Ruth and Gehrig to DiMaggio and Mantle, to Jackson and Jeter, Yankee history is crowded with dynamic players flourishing in a ballpark whose roots date back to a bitter rivalry that was spiced with spite. (AP Photo, File)
American former baseball players Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995) (left) and Whitey Ford, both formerly of the New York Yankees, smile as they are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, New York, New York, January 16, 1974. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Mickey Mantle, former New York Yankees star, goes after the pins in bowling competition of “Dynamic Duos” NBC sports show being taped at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, Dec. 15, 1977. Mantle was teamed with Willie Mays, but the pair was eliminated from further competition. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
LOS VEGAS, NV - CIRCA 1980's: Ex Major League Baseball player Mickey Mantle poses for this photo in Las Vegas, Nevada circa 1980's. Mantle played for the Yankees from 1951-68. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Baseball great Mickey Mantle is seen in 1985, location unknown. (AP Photo/David Pickoff)
Baseball player Mickey Mantle, who played his entire 18-year major-league professional career for the New York Yankees, is shown July 16, 1991. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Mickey Mantle is seen in this 1992 photo taken before an Old Timers game in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Baseball great Mickey Mantle poses following his recovery of a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Tex., on July 11, 1995. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: This 1994 file photo shows former New York Yankees baseball star Mickey Mantle wearing his Yankees uniform during old-timers day. Mantle died of Cancer 13 August at age 63. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read MARK D. PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's been 20 years since baseball legend Mickey Mantle left us on Aug. 13, 1995. At 63, he died too soon, of liver cancer that spread throughout his body. But the on-field legacy he left behind is one that very few can match.

Mantle retired in 1968 with 536 home runs, a .298 batting average and 20 All-star appearances.

Both his playing career and, ultimately, his life were cut short due to chronic battles with alcohol. The Hall of Famer's No. 7 was retired by the Yankees in 1969, the season after he retired. Though his life ultimately told a disheartening story, Mantle's baseball career brought happiness and unforgettable memories to so many baseball fans of his era.

Click through the gallery above to relive Mantle's best baseball moments, and check the video below for more historical events from this day.

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