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Yanks Top Tigers as Mantle Hits 400th Homer

Sept. 10, 1962 - Mickey Mantle, returning to the Yankee lineup after a 6-day absence, today became the seventh major league player in history to hit 400 home runs. His return had such an electrifying effect upon his teammates that the Yanks snapped out of their recent doldrums with a 3-1 triumph over the Tigers in Detroit. The victory was achieved with a two-run splurge in the ninth at the expense of the Yankees’ latest Detroit tormentor, left-handed Hank Aguirre. It also gave Ralph Terry his 21st triumph of the season. Mantle, swinging right-handed, led off the fifth with a 420-foot blast into the lower stand in center field. Babe Ruth, with 714, heads the list of six players who have preceded Mantle in hitting 400 or more home runs. The Babe is followed by Jimmy Foxx with 534; Ted Williams, 521; Mel Ott, 511; Lou Gehrig, 493; and Stan Musial, the only other active player besides Mantle, who now stands at 460.


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