1961 Game 105: Minnesota Twins (46-58) @ New York Yankees (67-37)

Friday August 4, 1961

Yankees 8, Twins 5

The Twins were trailing the first-place Yankees by three runs entering the eighth inning. Hope was provided from the bat of Harmon Killebrew, who hit his 33rd home run of the season out of Yankee Stadium to tie the game at five.

Killebrew’s home run, while dramatic, was not even in the top two for most dramatic home run of the game. Earlier in the game Roger Maris knocked out his 41st of the season to put him one ahead of teammate Mickey Mantle is a much-talked about home run race.

Later in the game, with the score still tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra on base, and two outs; Johnny Blanchard stepped to the plate. Blanchard deposited Bill Pleis’ pitch into the bleachers, and the Yankees walked off with a win.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               106   68   37    1  .648     -   571  432
Detroit Tigers                 107   67   39    1  .632   1.5   568  456
Baltimore Orioles              110   61   48    1  .560   9.0   473  431
Cleveland Indians              108   56   52    0  .519  13.5   518  497
Chicago White Sox              107   53   54    0  .495  16.0   513  503
Boston Red Sox                 110   50   59    1  .459  20.0   496  568
Washington Senators            104   46   58    0  .442  21.5   437  488
Minnesota Twins                105   46   59    0  .438  22.0   472  527
Los Angeles Angels             108   46   61    1  .430  23.0   484  500
Kansas City Athletics          105   39   65    1  .375  28.5   455  585
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