Mantle and Sheppard may have broken in together that day against the Red Sox, but they shared a connection long before getting to the Bronx. Both were born on Oct. 20 and would have celebrated birthdays during the Yankees' 7-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
Sheppard, who passed away on July 12, was born in 1910 and would have turned 100 on Wednesday. His memory was acknowledged with a moment of reflection before the first pitch of Game 5. Mantle, who died in 1995, was born in 1931.