It was on this day in 1962, the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees got together and played likely maddeningly frustrating innings full of more managerial moves than actions by players on the field. In the end, the Yankees would win the game 2-1 in 12 innings, but it ended up being one for the record books.
Angels manager Bill Rigney sent 20-year old Dean Chance into Yankee Stadium to face 33-year old Yankee ace Whitey Ford. The Yankees would be without the services of center fielder Mickey Mantle, who was starting what would be an MVP campaign. Roger Maris, who was considered by most keen baseball observers of the era to be really good (I think it was the two MVPs and the 61 homer season), shifted from right to center. Rookie Joe Pepitone started in left and John Blanchard got the call in right.
The Angels got a quick boost from their tiny center fielder, Albie Pearson, who drew a leadoff walk from Ford, stole second, moved to third on a groundout by Billy Moran and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Bilko.
New York loaded the bases in the second, but Clete Boyer grounded into a DP. And for the first five and a half innings, that was about as close as anyone got to scoring.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tom Tresh drew a leadoff walk. Pepitone followed with a single to center and when Pearson made an ill-advised throw to third to get Tresh, Pepitone moved up to second. Rigney opted to intentionally walk Maris to load the bases to face Blanchard.
Chance got Blanchard to strike out. The Retrosheet boxscore says it was a foul bunt for the third strike which means Yankees manager Ralph Houk was trying a two-strike, bases-loaded squeeze play with his #5 hitter. In any era, that sounds insane and neither the LA Times or NY Times mentions any squeeze attempt. Regardless, Blanchard was the first out. Elston Howard then hit a fly ball to right that was deep enough to let Tresh score and tie the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, Houk sent up Phil Linz to bat for Ford, who was working on a no-hitter. Ford would complain of a sore shoulder after the game and said he wanted to come out even with a no-hitter going. Ford had given up a deep fly ball to left by Bilko that Pepitone flagged down around the 437' marker before coming out.
Pepitone had a one-out double in the eighth and Rigney chose to purposely pass Maris a second time. Reliever Ryne Duren worked out of that trouble.
In the top of the ninth, the Angels finally got a hit, a clean single by catcher Bob Rodgers. But the Angels couldn't score against Yankees reliever Jim Coates. And the Angels wouldn't get a hit again.
Bobby Richardson led off the 10th against L.A.'s third pitcher, Jack Spring, and singled. Tresh sacrificed Richardson to second and Pepitone's lineout to right sent Richardson to third. That brought up Maris. And Maris was intentionally walked a third time. This time, Hector Lopez came up to bat instead of Blanchard, but Lopez didn't deliver, lining out to Pearson.
The Yankees threatened again in the 11th. Howard doubled to center to start the inning. Bill Skowron was the lucky recipient of an IBB. Boyer bunted the runners over to second and third. Pinch hitter Yogi Berra drew the Yankees fifth IBB of the game to load the bases.
Tom Morgan, who would become more famous as Nolan Ryan's pitching coach with the Angels, relieved Spring and faced Richardson with the bases loaded. And Richardson bounced a ball to shortstop Joe Koppe, who threw home to Rodgers for the force. Rodgers then threw to third to double up Skowron who was obviously demonstrating why he had the nickname Moose.
Rodgers walked to start the 12th for the Angels, but the rally went nowhere. Morgan tried to bunt Rodgers over, but struck out. Then Rigney decided to try a hit and run with his catcher with Lee Thomas at the plate. Thomas fanned and Rodgers was caught stealing 2-6 to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 12th, the Angels finally got into a situation that Rigney and luck couldn't get them out of. Pepitone hit a one out triple to right. Maris came up and drew his fourth intentional walk of the game and Lopez got another, the Yankees seventh overall in the game, to load the bases. Howard hit his second sacrifice fly of the game to end it.
Maris' four IBBs in the game were a major league record at the time, but Andre Dawson of the Cubs would subsequently break the record with five IBBs in a game on this date in 1990. That game took 16 innings.
The Angels also hold the mark for the most innings played by an AL team with just one hit. No AL team has been no-hit in an extra inning game (it's happened three times in the NL.)
As some of you already know, Maris received no intentional walks in his historic 1961 season as he had Mantle hitting behind him for nearly every game. But in 1962, Maris drew a personal best 11 IBBs. He received only 42 in his career. Barry Bonds had over 42 IBBs in a season five times.
The Yankees would win the AL pennant and then the World Series over the Giants in seven games, but it would be their last World Series flag for 15 years. The second-year Angels won 86 games and finished in third place and were in first place as late as July 4.
The May 22 game was part of a weird road trip for the Angels. The Halos played three games in Baltimore, four in Boston, just one in New York, two in Washington, and then four in Kansas City. The Angels would later have a 22-game road trip at the end of June and beginning of July. Since the Angels were the only West Coast team in the AL at the time, they had a lot of weird trips until the A's moved to Oakland.
The 1962 game at Yankee Stadium drew 13,841 fans to Yankee Stadium. But when the Yankees came to L.A. on June 1 and rookie sensation Bo Belinsky was pitching, the Angels drew 51,584 fans for the game. That would be the largest crowd for the Angels during their time as Walter O'Malley's tenant at Dodger Stadium.