|July 4, 1957 - Newspaper Clipping (AP) |
Yogi Berra drove home eight runs and Bob Turley struck out 11 batters as the league-leading New York Yankees thrashed the Boston Red Sox 10-0 Wednesday.
The squat catcher smashed a home run and two singles as the Yankees pounded Tom Brewer and George Susce for eight of their 10 hits in the first inning to open up a huge 9-0 lead.
Turley, pitching his third strong game, permitted the Red Sox only three singles, none after the third inning, as he recorded his fourth victory against two defeats. The strong-armed right-hander, still pitching without a windup, issued only three walks and hit a batter as he registered his second shutout before 23,065 cash customers.
250th Home Run!
Berra's home run, his 12th of the season and 250th of his major league career, came in the second inning with Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle on base. Mantle had been given an intentional base on balls so that Brewer could pitch to Berra.
In an almost similar situation in the first inning, after Mantle was walked to fill the bases, Berra had come through with a single to drive home two runners.
In the third, with runners on second and third and one out, Susce walked Mantle, again intentionally, and once more Berra came through with a single to drive in two mates.
It was his 1,000th major league base hit.
Yogi drove in another run in the eight with an infield out to come within three of the American League record of 11 established by Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees in 1936. Jim Bottomley, with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1924, set the major league record of 12.
Turley fanned at least one batter in each inning except the sixth and eight. In the fifth he struck out Susce, Jimmy Piersall and Billy Klaus in succession.
Ted Williams, with a single in the first, Jackie Jensen with another in the second and Piersall with a safe bunt in the third were the only Red Sox to connect safely off Turley's fastball and slow curve. baseballhistorian.com - Archives