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Felix Mantilla And 1959 Baseball

June 11, 2020

The non Dodgers player among the five Mets starters that May night in 1962, as cited, was Felix Mantilla.

Mantilla had a fine career and was a member of three excellent Milwaukee Braves’ teams that all played past the regular season from (1957-1959).

Today is about two almost seminal plays, involving Mantilla in the 1959 season.

First on May 26th, it was Felix Mantilla, who reached on an error and scored what was ruled to have been the game’s only run, in the bottom of the 13th inning, after Harvey Haddix, had, incredibly, retired the first 36 batters he faced.

Then Mantilla was on the “other side” of an error, as his throwing error on a Carl Furillo single, enabled the pennant winning run to score for the Dodgers, as they won the unscheduled playoff vs Milwaukee in 2 straight games.

 

A 1959 Felix Mantilla card. 

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