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July 6, 1941: Games 47 & 48

Posted By Hank Waddles On July 6, 2012 @ 1:23 pm In 1940s,1: Featured,Hank Waddles,Yankees | Comments Disabled

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The Yankees had planned a huge doubleheader on July 4th and were set to honor the recently deceased Lou Gehrig by unveiling a monument in center field on the two-year anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day, but rain had pushed the celebration to the sixth. With more than 60,000 on hand to pay their respects to the fallen Yankee captain, DiMaggio and the Yanks rose to the occasion. The Yankees beat the A’s 8-4 [2] in the opener before closing out the twin bill with a 3-1 [3] victory in the night cap for their ninth win a row; they now led the league by a comfortable three and a half games. DiMaggio, meanwhile, had a big day. He had three singles and a double in the first game and added another double and a triple in the second game. His 6 for 9 day pushed his average to a robust .357 for the season, but he still trailed Ted Williams (.405) by a considerable margin.

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[3] 3-1: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1941/B07062NYA1941.htm

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