This Week in 1960s Baseball
Despite the spanking, there was one bright spot for the Tigers, as the newest Tiger gave Detroit a glimpse of better things to come.
Yastrzemski was the hitting star of the game, collecting three hits – including two home runs – and driving in four runs on the day. Malzone got two hits and drove in two runs on his tenth home run of the season.
Heffner (1-0) went the distance, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out six batters.
In the fifth inning, with the Tigers trailing 4-1, Detroit called on Gates Brown to lead off the inning, pinch-hitting for Mossi. It was Brown’s first major league at-bat, and he made the most of it, hitting a home run.
Brown would emerge as one of the most lethal pinch hitters in the American League during the 1960s. So it was appropriate that his first major league hit would be not only a pinch hit, but a pinch home run. He would hit 16 pinch home runs during a 13-year major league career – all with the Tigers.