July 28, 1962 - John Blanchard bashed a pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning with 2 men aboard today, helping the Yankees score a 4-3 victory over the White Sox in New York. A crowd of 52,038 was on hand. Prior to Blanchard’s heroics, Mickey Mantle had hit his 21st homer of the year, a solo shot into the right-field stand. The ovation Mickey received was nothing compared to the joyous celebration Blanchard touched off immediately afterward. Today’s victory raised the Yankees’ American League lead to five games over the second-place Los Angeles Angels.