1967: What’s More Patriotic than Sweeping the Yankees?

Tuesday July 4, 1967

A crowd of 23, 471 attended a Fourth of July doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium in 1967. The Yankees, in the midst of on of the franchise’s few extended slumps, came to town to take on the surging Twins, who had won their last five games.

The home team jumped on top early, taking it to starting pitcher Joe Verbanic with four runs in the first two innings. Cesar Tovar seemed to be at the center of it all. He scored from third on Tony Oliva’s sacrifice fly in the first, then knocked in runs three and four with a double in the bottom of the second.

The game one lead, as it turned out, was enough to withstand a pair of Mickey Mantle home runs. Mantle accounted for all three of the Yankee runs with a solo shot in the third and a two-run blast in the eighth – both off of Twins’ starter Mudcat Grant.

The Twins just kept adding runs. They put another three on the board in the fifth, an inning that began with Tony Oliva’s solo home run. The Twins went on to take the first game, 8-3.

Game two required a little more drama. The Yankees scored two in the top of the ninth to even the game at 6-6. In the bottom of the frame, Cesar Tovar led off with a single. He was bunted to second by Rod Carew. After a walk, Tony Oliva, who had tripled earlier in the game, hit a sharp single to right to score the walk-off run and complete the sweep.

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