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Comments As I Go Back To Red Sox at Yankees on September 20, 1959

September 3, 2019

In an extreme rarity, as (Red Sox at Yankees) on September 20, 1959 commences, the Yankees are not going to be in post-season play. They had won 4 straight pennants and 9 of the 10 contested in the American League, from (1949-1959).

The 1958 Yankees’ hero, Bob Turley is facing Pumpsie Green, who is in his rookie season. Pete Runnels is “Pistol Pete,” bats third and singles. The great hitter, Ted Williams is over 41 years old and not playing.

Boston does not score, Bobby Richardson bats ahead of Tony Kubek (certainly in ’61 Kubek bats first, Bobby Richardson second on a truly great team) and after each is retired by Tom Brewer, Mickey Mantle singles.

The Chicago White Sox have all but wrapped up the pennant, however a race rages in the N.L. some 60 years ago. (Alas, to the present, as was the case in 1959, the Dodgers and Braves have the two best records in the N.L.)

All-time greats Henry Aaron and Ed Mathews have homered and the Braves are off to a (4-0) lead at Philadelphia vs the Phillies. Mathews is one behind Ernie Banks, 42 to 41 in the home run department. Rocky Colavito leads the American League with 41.

Above I noted some of the first inning of that game, nearly sixty years ago.

 

Pete Runnels, pictured above, early in his career, as a Washington Senators’ player, won American League batting crowns as a Red Sox player, in 1960 and 1962.

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