October 5, 1951: In Game 2 of the World Series, right fielder Mickey Mantle's season comes to an immediate end when he severely injures his right knee when his cleats get caught on a drainage cap at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio's abrupt call for Willie Mays' fly ball in center field leads many to believe the last minute call was a contributing factor to the torn cartilage suffered by the 19 year-old rookie.
If not for that and Mantle's heavy drinking, he would've been the best ever. He literally had everything, speed, power, could hit the ball all over the field, a cannon for an arm, and a switch hitter.
There's only one player I can think of right now that has it all like Mantle, and that's Mike Trout. Even his career has barely gotten off the ground.