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#56 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 10, 2012

Skowron (Getty)

Bill Skowron | Out of Fenway Park | vs. Boston Red Sox | 4/20/1957

In a 10-7 win over their rivals to the north, Bill “Moose” Skowron shone brighter than the likes of Mantle, Martin, and Berra, slugging 2 home runs.  His first dinger, yielded by Willard Nixon, led off the 2nd inning and was a historic blast that not only cleared the left centerfield wall, but soared to the right of the flagpole and out of Fenway Park.  A myriad balls have sailed out of Fenway after clearing the Green Monster in left field, but only 5 other balls in the 100 year history of Fenway have carried out of the park to the right of the flagpole:

  1. Jimmie Foxx | 1937
  2. Hank Greenberg | 1937
  3. Carl Yastrzemski | 1970
  4. Bobby Mitchell | 1973
  5. Jim Rice | 1975

Skowron’s second blast, in the top of the 7th, cut the Yankee deficit to 7-6, before a Gil McDougald single tied it with 2 outs in the 9th.  The Yanks won the game in 12 innings on a 2-run home run by Hank Bauer and a run scoring single courtesy of Mickey Mantle.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 9, 2014 11:07 PM

    My father was at this game. I’m looking at the Official Scorecard & Program which includes his scoring of the game. Tough loss for the Sox that day.

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