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Remembering the life of NY Yankees legend Mickey Mantle

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Remembering the life of NY Yankees legend Mickey Mantle
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

Today in History for  August 13th
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