On July 26, 1961 — Johnny Blanchard ties a major-league record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in four at bats over three games. He drives in four of the Yankee runs in a 5 – 2 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. New York manages just six hits but four are homers, including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s 1st-inning clout. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats, the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 at bats.
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