Tigers Top Yanks, 2-1, as Lefty Hank Aguirre Dominates

May 26, 1962 - Yankee bats suddenly lost their power today whenever a potential run reached base at Yankee Stadium. This unbecoming impotency stemmed directly from the fine left-handed pitching of Hank Aguirre (pictured right with manager Bob Scheffing and Rocky Colavito) as the Detroit Tigers scored a 2-1 triumph. An injury to Al Kaline on the last play of the game prevented Detroit’s fifth consecutive victory from being a happy occasion. The Tiger right fielder made a diving catch of a sinking liner hit by Elston Howard, skidding on his right shoulder and turning a somersault. Kaline lay on the ground writhing in pain for several minutes as trainers and teammates huddled around him in the outfield. He walked off the field under his own power, but fainted in the dressing room because of the severe pain in his shoulder. When he regained consciousness, Kaline was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was examined by Dr. Sidney Gaynor, the Yankee team physician. X-rays revealed that Kaline had suffered a longitudinal fracture of the right collarbone. It was estimated that he would be sidelined for at least two months.

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