Cliff Mapes - 1951 Bowman

Clifford Franklin Mapes (1922-1996) holds the unique distinction of having worn Babe Ruth’s #3 prior to it being retired in 1948, changing it to #7, which would become Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle’s at the start of his career, and being the first New York Yankee to don #13. The Cleveland Indians signed the big outfielder in 1940, but he never played a single Major League game in Cleveland and he was then lost to the New York Yankees in the 1946 Rule 5 Draft. After batting .308 with Triple-A Kansas City in 1947, the Yankees called up Mapes to back up Joe DiMaggio Tommy Henrich and Johnny Lindell. In 1949, he won a starting outfield slot next to newly acquired Gene Woodling and fellow rookie Hank Bauer. He helped New York win back-to-back World Series championships in 1949 and 1950 against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. Cliff played five years in the Majors with the Yankees (1948-1951), the St. Louis Browns (1951) and the Detroit Tigers (1952). Mapes enjoyed his best year in 1950 when he batted .247 with 88 hits, 60 runs, 12 home runs and 61 RBI in 108 games. Mapes was also an excellent fielder posting a .969 fielding percentage with 675 putouts and 33 assists in 731 chances. Cliff Mapes retired following the 1952 season having amassed 289 hits, 199 runs scored and 172 RBI in 459 games.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
4 NM-MT 8 (25)

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