Billy Martin – a 21-year-old lad from Berkeley, Calif., who is no bigger than a bat boy – sparked a nine-run, eighth inning Yankee rally which escorted the world champions to a fantastic 15 to 10 triumph over the Red Sox before 31,822 at Fenway Park yesterday.
Appearing in his first big league game, Martin achieved some sort of baseball history. Twice, he hit safely in the eruptive eighth. His first wallop scored the first run of the inning. His second chased across the last two. Never (until that inning) had he batted in a big league ball game.
Manager Casey Stengel – who didn’t lose his magic touch over the Winter – confessed that he almost withdrew Martin from the lineup in the eighth inning. “I gambled once,” said Stengel after the game. “The kid came through for me. So I let him hit a second time. He’s only 21. At this point, Stengel gave the Globe reporter a sly wink. “I knew the Red Sox didn’t know how to pitch to him,” he added.
Nine runs in arrears after the fourth inning, the Bronx Bombers let loose in the eighth with a message which must have been heard far beyond the neighboring villages through which Paul Revere made his famous ride 175 years ago.
Manager Joe McCarthy of the Red Sox knew the Yankees were coming. For before the riotous inning ended McCarthy equaled a big league record. He employed five pitchers in a futile effort to extinguish the unquenchable spirit of the Yankees. Only four times in the past history of baseball has a club used five pitchers in one inning.
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