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August 29, 2011

Yankees Hold Ground In August

by @ 4:06 am. Filed under 1961 Yankees

The 1961 Yankees went 22-9 in the month of August.  They had a slightly better percentage in September but that was the most total wins they had for the month in an entire season.  At the beginning of August, they were up by a game and a half.  At the end of August, despite that great record, the Yankees sat just a game and a half ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers because they went 22-9 as well.

August was when we began to see Roger Maris begin to wear down.  His OPS for the month was below 1.000 for the first time at .945 and he hit just .243.  He did hit eleven home runs though and that put him at 51 on the season.  He hit number 50 on August 22 against Angels hurler Ken McBride.  Mickey Mantle continued to rake as well although he began to fall behing Maris in the home run race in August.  He finished the month with nine home runs and a .306 average and that put him at 48 on the season.

On August 15, Whitey Ford finally lost a decision.  That ended his winning at fourteen.  He won his 20th on August 10th and at month’s end, he sat an impressive 22-3.

September would be when the Yankees finally pulled away but that’s for another month.  Plus you had the exciting march toward 60 home runs by Roger Maris.  It was truly a historic month for the Yankees.

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