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Bouton and Reed Yankee Heroes in Detroit

June 24, 1962 - Jim Bouton (pictured) and Jack Reed, probably the most obscure players on the star-studded Yankees, were latecomers in today’s 7-hour, 22-inning victory over the Tigers. But they were the heroes. “I’ve never seen a run so hard to get,” said Reed, who clouted a 2-run homer for the Yankees’ 9-7 victory. Bouton, a rookie, entered the game in the 16th and held the Tigers to 3 hits through the 22nd. Yogi Berra, the 37-year-old star who should have been one of the most tired players, seemed the freshest in the clubhouse. Berra, only recently called upon to play his old catching position, caught the entire 22 innings. “I don’t feel bad at all,” said Berra. “My legs feel fine.” Bobby Richardson of the Yankees equaled an often-tied major league mark of 11 official at-bats in the game.


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