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Two Original 1951 Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio World Series News Photos in Framed Display PSA/DNA Type 1 - Last Time Pictured Together as Teammates!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300

Pair of International News photos capturing Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle together during the 1951 World Series. Each photo is accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as a "Type 1 Original News Service Photo." Both photos capture the aftermath of Mantle's tragic knee injury in the top of the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series held at Yankee Stadium. The first (7.25 x 6.5 inches) pictures Mantle lying on the ground as Joe DiMaggio heads toward him after having made the catch of a fly ball off the bat of Willie Mays. The second (8 x 6.25 inches) is a close-up of DiMaggio kneeling over Mantle in an attempt to help him. Mantle's injury, which occurred during his rookie season, was the result of a freak accident. Years later, in the video biography Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes to Life, Mantle describes how the injury occurred: "Casey had told me before the game, ‘Take everything you can get to right field.’ I was running as hard as I could to get over to it [Mays' fly ball] because Casey had told me before the game about how Joe had slowed up a little bit, he thought. Well, anyway, when I get there, Joe is already standing under the ball. He said, ‘I got it.’ And you don’t want to run into Joe DiMaggio. So when I tried to stop — I was going as fast as I could — my back cleat in my spike stuck in a rubber drain, and when it did, my knee went right out through the front of my leg and I just folded up on the field.” Mantle missed the remainder of the World Series and though his injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, it was actually much more serious and probably involved the tearing of his meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament, and medial collateral ligament. Unfortunately, those injuries were never properly repaired and his knee continued to hamper him for the remainder of his career. Because the injury ended Mantle's season in 1951, these two photos represent the last time DiMaggio and Mantle were ever photographed together as teammates (DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season). These photos have a special provenance in that they originate directly from the personal collection of Jim "Doc" Ewell, who spent more than seven decades as a major league trainer, including long stints with both the Philadelphia Athletics (he began his career with the club in 1938) and Houston Astros. They have been consigned directly by Ewell's son. Both photos display minor emulsions and are in Very Good condition overall. Mounted and framed together to total dimensions of 15.75 x 19.75 inches.

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