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Yogi's Pinch-Hit Homer Clinches Yankee Win over Orioles

June 9, 1962 - Yogi Berra’s pinch-hit, 3-run homer in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 deadlock between the Yankees and the Orioles today and led to a 7-3 victory for the New Yorkers. The triumph extended the Yankee winning streak to five games. Bobby Richardson had put the American League leaders on even terms with the Orioles a minute earlier with a two-run clout off Steve Barber. It was Richardson’s first home run of the season and his fourth hit of the day. It was Berra’s drive that provided the biggest thrill for the 21,567 spectators. As Yogi strode to the plate, it was announced that he was appearing in the 2,000th major league game of his 16-year career — all with the Yanks. Only two other Yanks, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, participated in more contests with the club. When Yogi knocked the ball into the right-field stand, the crowd rose as one man and cheered him loud and long. The homer was Berra’s third of the season and the 343rd of his distinguished career.

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