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A Record-breaking Month
Leo Monahan
September 24, 1962
At the start of the season Rudy York was an unknown. By the end of August his name was coupled with Ruth's
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September 24, 1962

A Record-breaking Month

At the start of the season Rudy York was an unknown. By the end of August his name was coupled with Ruth's

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"The hell I am," said York, flinging back the mitt.

"Look," said Cochrane patiently. "I'm sure catching will be strange to you at first. You'll need help with your throwing, positioning your feet, calling pitches and other things. I'll help. So will Coach Del Baker. In two years you can write your own ticket with this ball club. What do you say?"

York paused. "Give me 15 minutes to think," he said.

"I'll give it a try, Mickey," said York finally.

"Good," replied Cochrane, making out his lineup card. He had York, c, in the No. 7 position behind Gee Walker, If; Pete Fox, rf; Charley Gehringer, 2b; Hank Greenberg, 1b; Chet Laabs, of; and Marv Owen, 3b.

Harry Kelley, a curve-balling righthander, was the A's starter. First time up, York caught a waist-high curve and pulled it down the left field line. There was a wire screen at the bleacher foul line. York's blast hit it—inches from home run territory—and bounced back on the field for a double. Next time up, York whiplashed his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame into another Kelley curve. This sailed into the stands for a two-run homer, his 14th of the season and his first in the month of August.

Next day York had two hits as the Tigers beat the A's 5-3. Detroit moved to Washington for a four-game series. York sent Ed (Babe) Linke's ninth-inning fast ball into the center-field stands for a two-run homer as Detroit won 10-3.

The Tigers split Saturday's double-header in Washington, winning the opener, 3-2, on York's three-run homer in the seventh inning off Wes Ferrell. Rudy, trying manfully to become a catcher, only had to handle Cletus Poffenberger for five innings in Sunday's 5-1 victory and hit a second-inning homer off Jimmy DeShong.

On Saturday, August 14, the Tigers beat the Browns 16-1 and 20-7, with a 40-hit, eight-homer barrage. Pitcher Bill Trotter was the victim of York's fifth homer of the month in the second game.

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