This Week in 1960s Baseball
(May 14, 1967) Mickey Mantle‘s 500th career home run today helped the New York Yankees defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5.
The “Commerce Comet” was the sixth big leaguer to reach the 500-home run plateau.
The Yankees opened the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, chasing Orioles starter Steve Barber. Barber was replaced by Wally Bunker, who shut out the Yankees over the next 4.2 innings.
The score remained 3-0 until the top of the sixth inning, when the Orioles scored four runs on Mark Belanger’s solo home run and doubles by Boog Powell and Charlie Lau. Joe Pepitone’s two-run homer off Stu Miller put the Yankees back on top in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mantle’s history-making blast came off Miller in the seventh inning. It was his fourth home run of the season and gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.
Dooley Womack (3-2), who relieved Yankee starter Mel Stottlemyre in the sixth inning, allowed one more Oriole run in the eighth inning, but shut out the Orioles the rest of the way to gain his third victory. Miller (0-4) was the loser.