Mickey Stanley won four Gold Gloves for his stellar defensive acumen in the outfield for the Detroit Tigers, but he is remembered most for playing shortstop in the 1968 World Series as part of one of the greatest gambles in postseason history. Manager Mayo Smith moved Stanley to shortstop to replace light-hitting Ray Oyler and make room in the outfield for Al Kaline (who was returning from an injury), as well as Willie Horton and Jim Northrup. A gifted athlete, Stanley played well at short in the Series and even played there some more in 1969.
Stanley spent his entire 15 year career with the Tigers, about half of them as a regular center fielder. His last five seasons he was used as a jack-of-all-trades, filling in as a valuable utility player in the outfield and at four infield positions too. The only position he never played in the majors was catcher.