Tom T’s Home Runs Come in Threes

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(June 6, 1965) Three consecutive home runs by outfielder Tom Tresh led the New York Yankees to a 12-0 whitewashing of the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Left fielder Tom Tresh launched home runs in his first three at-bats as the Yankees shellacked the Chicago White Sox 12-0.

Left fielder Tom Tresh launched home runs in his first three at-bats as the Yankees shellacked the Chicago White Sox 12-0.

Tresh hit a two-run homer in the first inning to chase White Sox starter Juan Pizarro. He followed up with home runs in the third and fifth innings against reliever Bruce Howard. Tresh finished the game with four hits in five at-bats with five RBIs.

Yankee left-hander Al Downing pitched the three-hit shutout for New York, striking out nine White Sox batters. Third baseman Clete Boyer and catcher Doc Edwards each added a pair of RBIs for the Yankees.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader between the Yankees and White Sox. The Yankees also took the opening game 6-1 behind the four-hit pitching of Whitey Ford and Hal Reniff.

Tresh went two for three in the first game, with a double and a walk, scoring two runs and driving in another. For the day, Tresh batted six for eight with six RBIs. He would finish the 1965 season with a .279 batting average, 26 home runs and 74 RBIs.

It would also be the season when he would win his only Gold Glove.