One of the coolest baseball stories I have ever heard. You just dont see things like this anymore...
September 19, 1968
The Detroit Tigers were ahead 6-1 heading into the Top of the 8th Inning against the New York Yankees at Tiger Stadium. Denny McLain (30-5) was pitching against Mel Stottlemyre (20-11). Mickey Mantle was coming to the plate. McLain loved Mickey. It was well known at that point that this was Mantle's last season. As Mantle stepped to the plate, McLain called his catcher Jim Price to the mound. McLain tells Price that he wants to pay homage to Mantle by giving him one last home run in Detroit, as well as surrender HR 535 which would move him ahead of Jimmie Foxx on the alltime list. Mantle was close enough to hear the conversation and asked Price upon his return to the plate if what he heard was correct. Price confirmed. McLain's first pitch was right down Broadway, Mantle takes all the way. Mantle gets under the next pitch, fouling it back. McLain grooves Mickey a 3rd pitch right over the plate, and Mantle promptly deposits the ball into the upper deck in right field. As Mantle rounds 3rd Base, McLain tips his cap to him.
The next batter up was Joe Peppitone. Joe had figured out what was going on while on deck. As he arrived to the plate, he signaled to McLain where he wanted his grooved fastball to be. McLain obliges by throwing a fastball right behind Peppitone's head.