mickey mantle died on august 13, 1995, and the yankees quickly added a black armband to their jerseys for that day's game. here's a getty images photo showing the players with the armband lined up in a moment of silence that day.
the following day, they added mantle's number 7 to their left sleeves in tribute. bernie williams' 1996 bazooka card shows both, but the armband is mostly obscured due to the sleeve being upturned.
it's a nice red sox-yankee rivalry double play turn
which is a pretty good representation of the memorial. however, i've got two other mattingly cards in the binder for this particular remembrance. first, this 1996 upper deck collector's choice alds card
which shows the yankee captain (presumably) during the postseason series against the mariners. the mick's memorial is front and center on the card, plus mattingly is wearing the home pinstripes.
as i mentioned up top, the yankees did play one game with just the black armband. i think that this 1996 topps stadium club don mattingly card
donnie baseball final tributes.
mickey mantle was a 3-time mvp (he also finished 2nd in the voting 3 times), an all-star 16 times, a world champion 7 times, and he won the triple crown in 1956. he was a first ballot hall of famer who still holds the record for most world series home runs in a career (18) and for most home runs in a season by a switch hitter (54).
a couple of months before he died, mantle received a liver transplant. he suffered from cirrhosis as well as cancer of the liver, the former brought on by years of heavy drinking. shortly after the transplant, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. mantle was 63 years old when he died.