1961 Game 17: New York Yankees (9-5) @ Minnesota Twins (10-6)

Tuesday May 2, 1961

Yankees 6, Twins 4 – 10 innings

The eyes of the baseball world, as usual, were focused on the New York Yankees in early 1961. The prediction was the 1961 was the year that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs was to fall, and that Mickey Mantle was the man to do it.

Mantle was off to a great start in that regard. Through May 1, he had hit seven home runs. Beyond that, Mantle was batting .327/.419/.788. When asked if Mantle had become a team leader, manager Ralph Houk explained:

“The way he is hitting and the way he is fielding, I don’t think he has to do or say more to lead.”

Mantle led the Yankees to a win in their first game at Metropolitan Stadium with a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning. The Twins managed to make up two of those runs, one on Harmon Killebrew’s second home run of the season, but the Yankees held on.

Camilo Pascual was pitching well prior to the grand slam, but he earned the loss in 9 2/3 innings of work.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  15   11    4    0  .733     -    91   56
New York Yankees                16   10    5    1  .667   1.0    67   61
Minnesota Twins                 17   10    7    0  .588   2.0    72   84
Baltimore Orioles               18    9    8    1  .529   3.0    73   70
Cleveland Indians               17    9    8    0  .529   3.0    73   67
Boston Red Sox                  15    7    8    0  .467   4.0    50   62
Chicago White Sox               15    7    8    0  .467   4.0    67   66
Kansas City Athletics           14    6    8    0  .429   4.5    80   73
Washington Senators             17    5   12    0  .294   7.0    39   61
Los Angeles Angels              14    4   10    0  .286   6.5    46   58

Game two will feature Pedro Ramos vs Bob Turley.

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