|Tampa Bay Rays||New York Yankees|
|1||Logan Forsythe||2B||1||Jacoby Ellsbury||CF|
|2||Kevin Kiermaier||CF||2||Aaron Hicks||LF|
|3||Evan Longoria||3B||3||Chase Headley||3B|
|4||Brad Miller||1B||4||Didi Gregorius||SS|
|5||Matt Duffy||SS||5||Starlin Castro||2B|
|6||Corey Dickerson||DH||6||Gary Sanchez||DH|
|7||Mikie Mahtook||RF||7||Tyler Austin||1B|
|8||Nick Franklin||LF||8||Aaron Judge||RF|
|9||Luke Maile||C||9||Austin Romine||C|
|Matt Andriese P||Masahiro Tanaka P|
Anyway, in their first plate appearances (PA) Austin and Judge homered, back-to-back jacks. Supposedly it's the first time in history that teammates homered in their first PA in the same game. PA is more specific than at bat (AB), since PA could include BB, HBP, SF, sac. Austin and Judge homered the very first time that they had the opportunity. Hicks, Gregorius and Castro also homered. All five are younger than 27, supposedly the first time that had happened for the Yankees.
Yankee announcer Micheal Kay said something about first homers many years ago by Fritz Brickell and Bobby ... I wasn't paying attention but I thought he said Bobby Murcer, which I knew was incorrect as Murcer played after Brickell. Kay mispronounced Fritzie's last name, which had the emphasis on the second syllable.
Austin and Judge are big 24 year olds with home run power. But Fritzie Brickell and Little Bobby Richardson were neither big nor home run hitters. The homer by 24 year old Brickell was his only in a very short career (88 AB, 39 with the Yankees), which ended four years before he died of cancer in October 1965 at age 30.
Richardson: Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1957 season; would turn 24 August 19, 1959; ZERO homers in 520 AB entering 1959.
Saturday, July 25, 1959, , Briggs Stadium
Attendance: 26,530, Time of Game: 3:35
Yankees 9 (48-48) Tigers 8 (47-51)
|New York Yankees||Detroit Tigers|
|1||Bobby Richardson||2B||1||Eddie Yost||3B|
|2||Norm Siebern||LF||2||Charlie Maxwell||LF|
|3||Mickey Mantle||CF||3||Harvey Kuenn||RF|
|4||Yogi Berra||C||4||Al Kaline||CF|
|5||Hector Lopez||3B||5||Red Wilson||C|
|6||Elston Howard||1B||6||Gus Zernial||1B|
|7||Hank Bauer||RF||7||Ted Lepcio||2B|
|8||Fritz Brickell||SS||8||Coot Veal||SS|
|9||Whitey Ford||P||9||Paul Foytack||P|
Richardson homered as the first batter in the game. Brickell hit a two run homer in the top of the 6th to put the Yankees ahead 6-5. Berra hit a two run homer in the top of the 9th to win the game 9-8. In 1960 Elston Howard would finally replace Berra as the starting catcher, with Yogi moving to left field and catching only occasionally.
For the Tigers Kuenn was leading Kaline in batting average by ten points and would beat him out for the highest in the American League (AL) in 1959. Then in April 1960 Kuenn was suddenly traded to Cleveland for Rocky Colavito who had tied Harmon Killebrew at 42 for most AL home runs. Mantle was having an off year and hit only 31 home runs in 1959.
Ironically, Maas was the winning pitcher for the Yankees in Fritzie's home run game. Maas had been claimed by the Angels in the 1961 expansion draft. Fritzie Brickell was the first shortstop for the Angels, back when they actually played in Los Angeles.
Richardson: hit one more home run in 1959. Richardson hit a bases loaded home run in game three of the 1960 World Series, setting a record for most RBI in one WS game: 6; went on to break Berra's WS RBI record (10) with 12. In 1964 Richardson set WS record for most hits: 13. Most HR in a season: 8 in 1962 when he led AL in PA, AB, Hits; second to Mantle for MVP.