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Yanks Hammer Angels, 7-0

May 3, 1963 - The New York Yankees yesterday laid violent hands on Bill Rigney’s rambuntious Los Angeles Angels before a startled crowd of 19,927 at Chavez Ravine. While Whitey Ford turned a fine four-hit shutout, the youthful Joe Pepitone (pictured) drove in five runs, four with the first grand slam of his brief but spectacular major league career. Mickey Mantle, back in the Yankee lineup along with Roger Maris, drove in two more — one with a walk, the other with a single. It all added up to a convincing 7-0 triumph for the world champions in the series finale. It atoned in part for the two setbacks the Bombers suffered in the first two encounters. The second was a 5-3 stunner Wednesday night in which George Thomas hit a first-inning grand slam off Ralph Terry and Bo Belinsky pitched a four-hitter. Dean Chance was the victim of the Yankee broadside today. Yogi Berra caught for the Yanks instead of Elston Howard for the first time this season. Yogi had no hits, but he threw out left fielder Leon Wagner stealing. “I haven’t seen seen Whitey this strong in a while,” said Berra. Ford threw only 114 pitches. “Mostly curves and fastballs,” the pitcher said. “Maybe only eight sliders all day. I got some of the strikeouts with the fastball. That shows I was strong.”


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