Mantle Clouts Three Homers as Yankees Split Doubleheader with Senators

May 6, 1962 - The Yankees performed some prodigious feats in their double-header with the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium today before a gathering of 23,940. Mickey Mantle (left, with rookie Jim Bouton) exploded three home runs, the first a tremendous smash deep in the right-center bleachers. Roger Maris also hit one to bring his total to five. Mantle has six. All the Bombers were able to extract from the long afternoon, however, was one victory. This they achieved in the second game when they won, 8-0, behind the fine pitching of their rookie right-hander, Jim Bouton. In the opener, Mickey Vernon’s lowly Senators surprised with a three-run eighth inning that sank Ralph Terry, 4-2. Nearly three hours later, the Senators plunged to their 16th defeat. Young Bouton, making his first major league start, baffled them with an amazing assortment of fastballs, curveballs, and knucklers.

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