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Yankees Open Season with Victory over Baltimore

Apr. 10, 1962 - The Yankees opened their 40th season today with a 7-6 victory that might be called a review of some of their sparkling deeds of 1961. Six of their runs against the Orioles were scored on homers. Two of the homers were M. and M. jobs — by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. The other was by Bill Skowron. Skowron’s homer in the fourth was a 461-foot inside-the-park drive off the Stadium’s center-field wall. Elston Howard scored ahead of the Moose. Maris, drawing an early bead on his ’61 record of 61, exploded No. 1 of the season with two on base in the fifth. In the eighth, with the Bombers trailing by a run, Mantle tied the score with a 400-foot blast into the right-field bleachers. Mrs. Babe Ruth, whose distinguished husband had hit the first homer in the Stadium the day it was opened on April 18, 1923, tossed out the first ball.


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