The Fabulous 50-50 Club


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(September 3, 1961) – The New York Yankees today defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on home runs from Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard.

The winning pitcher was Luis Arroyo (13-3).

The Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on home runs from Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. New York added another run in the fifth inning on Bobby Richardson’s two-out RBI single. Continue reading

Runnels Gets Nine Hits as Red Sox Sweep Tigers


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 30, 1960) – Today the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers, taking the night cap by a 3-2 score after winning the opener 5-4 in 15 innings.

Red Sox infielder Pete Runnels collected nine hits during the doubleheader. Runnels went six for seven in the opener, with five singles and a double in the fifteenth inning that drove home Frank Malzone with the winning run. Continue reading

Art Shamsky’s Hat Trick


Lights Out: Art Shamsky

When: August 12, 1966

Where:  Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game Time: 4:22

Attendance: 25,477

Slender Art Shamsky didn’t look like a slugger. Throughout his minor league career in the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system, that’s what he was. But he wasn’t enough of a slugger to break into the Reds’ everyday lineup when he joined the team for keeps in 1965. By 1966, he was the spare bat and glove for a Reds outfield that featured Vada Pinson, Deron Johnson and Tommy Harper. Continue reading

Stuart’s Big Bounce


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 19, 1963) Known for his brute power rather than his speed on the base paths, Boston Red Sox first baseman Dick Stuart hit the second inside-the-park home run of his career today as the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 8-3 in Fenway Park.

Stuart didn’t do it alone. He had the help of a ladder, a wall, and the head of Indians center fielder Vic Davalillo. Continue reading

Cov Crashes the Party


Glancing Back, and Remembering Wes Covington

Wes Covington was a strong man and a powerful hitter. He worked from an unorthodox batting stance where he held the bat behind him nearly parallel to the ground, then coiled it just before crushing unsuspecting fastballs. Continue reading