July 28, 2021

Fun with OOTP: Can Mickey Mantle’s 1957 Yankees top DiMaggio’s 1939? (Pinstripe Alley)

The Round of 16 in our All-Time Yankees Fantasy Showdown continues with two matchups in our Mantle region.

For the uninitiated, we’re using Out of the Park Baseball 21 to stage a simulated tournament between the Yankees’ best teams to see who reigns supreme. You can check out summaries of first-round action here, here, and here.

To the action:

(4) 1950 vs. (8) 1957

In the first round, Mickey Mantle’s 1957 team, which didn’t win the World Series in real life and thus entered the tournament as a wildcard, upset top-seeded 1939, led by MVP vintage Joe DiMaggio. In this round, they’d be matched up with another DiMaggio edition of the franchise in the 1950 squad, which fended off 2019 in the prior round.

Game 1 was all Whitey Ford, who guided ’57 to a 3-0 victory with eight shutout innings. Right fielder Hank Bauer took Allie Reynolds deep in the second inning to open the scoring and Tony Kubek, playing left in this game, added a two-run double in the fourth to round out the scoring.

Game 2 was more of a slugfest, but ’57 came out on top again, 10-6, backed by a two-home run performance by first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron, as well as dingers by shortstop Gil…

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