Johnny Mize

Johnny Mize
Birthdate 1/7/1913
Death Date 6/2/1993
Debut Year 1936
Year of Induction 1981
Teams Cardinals, Giants, Yankees
Position First Base

A veteran of 15 Major League seasons, Johnny Mize was a ten-time All Star and a five-time World Series champion with the Yankees.

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Johnny Mize made ten All Star teams in his first 11 MLB seasons

Johnny Mize made ten All Star teams in his first 11 MLB seasons

Johnny Mize enjoyed a 15-year career in the big leagues. His production was so great that he made the Hall of Fame despite missing three full seasons in his prime due to World War II. Mize broke in with the Cardinals in 1936 and made an immediate impact. The 23-year old played in 126 games, hit .329
Mize helped the Yankees win 5 consecutive World Series titles

Mize helped the Yankees win 5 consecutive World Series titles

Johnny Mize was outstanding in his first 11 big league seasons. He led the league in homers four times, RBI thrice, and made 10 All Star teams. The only thing missing on his resume was a World Series ring. Mize got that chance to change that when the Yankees purchased his contract from the crosstown
The postmark gives great context to when and where this was signed

The postmark gives great context to when and where this was signed

Shown here is the other side of the government postcard signed by Mize. Notice the Detroit postmark dated August 23, 1949, the day after the Yankees acquired the future Hall of Famer. A quick glance at Baseball Reference shows that Mize’s new club played the Tigers the day of the postmark. One
In retirement Johnny Mize was a fixture at Old Timers Games

In retirement Johnny Mize was a fixture at Old Timers Games

Ralph Houk and Johnny Mize were teammates with the Yankees from 1949-1953. Both were nearing the end of their playing careers with championship New York ball clubs. Some years later Houk became the Yankee skipper and GM. It’s in this capacity that Houk sent this invitation to the Old TimerR
Johnny Mize accepts invitation to Yankee Old Timer's Game

Johnny Mize accepts invitation to Yankee Old Timer's Game

On his personal letterhead Johnny Mize responds affirmatively to the Old Timer’s Day invitation. The ten-time All Star writes, “Thanks to the Yankees for including me in their annual Old Timer’s Day celebration and I am honored to accept.” Mize goes on to let the Yankees know
Babe Ruth's wife Claire was Mize's second cousin

Babe Ruth's wife Claire was Mize's second cousin

When Babe Ruth married his second wife Claire, he also married into the Mize family. Claire was the second cousin of Hall of Fame first baseman Johnny Mize. In the collection is a letter from Claire’s biological daughter Julia who was adopted by Ruth. Julie Ruth Stevens thanks the fan for a ph

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