12. Yanks taste first. Stadium jammed on 4th35m | Jul 7, 2021
The New York Yankees tasted first place again, although briefly, but they returned from their nearly two-week long road trip poised to make a move. On tap was an 11-game home stand, featuring the Senators, Tigers, Indians and Red Sox.
Of course, all eyes were on the big showdown 4th of July doubleheader between the Yankees and the Tigers. With a walk-up sale of more than 40,000 tickets, the Yankees drew their largest crowd since 1947, as 75,900 fans jammed Yankee Stadium. What they witnessed was a doubleheader that lived up to the pennant race being staged by these two ball clubs, featuring a triple-steal, two-out bunt and much more.
As for the home run race, Mantle and Maris had also picked up the pace, with the media starting to report how many games they were ahead of Babe Ruth. The ingredients were in a place for a fun summer.