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Yankees Destroy Red Sox, 14-3, Gain First Place

July 7, 1961 - Baseball's ultimate weapon - the home run - was employed once by both sides at Yankee Stadium last night. Its benefits to the Red Sox were negligible, however, and its contribution to the Yankees' 14-3 triumph was only a belated cruel redundancy. The victory lifted the Yankees past the Tigers into first place in the American League. Long before Elston Howard (pictured with Mickey Mantle) reached the right-field stands with a three-run blast in the eighth, the Bombers had demonstrated clearly that they did not need heavy artillery to bring down their rival. The Yankees produced six runs that put Gene Conley to rout in the second inning. Before the evening ended, all 11 Yanks on active duty had connected safely at least once in a 16-hit fusillade.


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