17. Yanks on a tear. Piersall attacked at Stadium

25m | Sep 13, 2021

As the 1961 season was winding down, the New York Yankees went on a tear, reeling off 13 consecutive wins. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris continued to hit home runs, but a disturbing incident at Yankee Stadium, highlighted a doubleheader between the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.

On Sep. 10, in the first game of a doubleheader, Indians outfielder Jimmy Piersall was attacked by two fans, but Piersall fought back. It was one of several incidents that highlighted a bizarre afternoon of baseball at the "big ballpark in the Bronx," as Yankees' broadcaster Red Barber used to refer to the Stadium.

All this and more highlight the latest episode of my Baseball Sixty One podcast.

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