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July 26, 2011

Yankees Finish July In First Place

by @ 12:29 pm. Filed under 1961 Yankees

After switching spots with the Tigers on and off throughout July, the Yankees took over first place for good on July 25.  It’s hard to believe this team got better throughout the year but they finished the month with a 20-9 record.  Despite a pair of losses to the Orioles in their final doubleheader, the Yankees sat with a game and a half lead.  It was only the second time in the month that they lost back to back games.

Roger Maris had his best month of the season. He belted 13 home runs but he hit .330 with a .403 OBP and a .755 slugging.  His 35 hits that month were the best of the season.  He didn’t hit a home run in the final five games of the month but he had back to back games where he hit a pair of home runs in each of those two games prior to the drought.  Not to be outdone, Mickey Mantle also had his best month of the season with a 1.362 OPS.  His fourteen home runs put him at 38 on the season.

On the pitching side, Whitey Ford continued his run.  He went 5-0 in July with a 3.43 ERA and he extended his winning streak to 13 games.  He actually got rocked on July 21 and he gave up seven runs in less then five innings but the Yankees scored eight and he salvaged a no-decision.  He also gave up a run in three innings in the first All Star Game then he had the night off in the second one.

It’s hard to believe that 20-9 was the third best month for the Yankees at least on a winning percentage basis but that’s how good this team finished.  Man it would have been cool to have Yankees tickets in these final two months of the season to see Roger Maris make history.

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