Friday, August 10, 2012
Vintage Fridays: Jim Busby, 1958 Topps #28
August 10, 1957, a Saturday, and the O's were hosting the powerhouse Yankees (70-38) at Memorial Stadium. Facing former Baltimore hurler "Bullet" Bob Turley, Busby went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. From his spot in the lush green outfield grass, Jim also had a close-up view of Mickey Mantle's first-inning home run as it sailed over his head and clear over the center field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The Mick's two-run blast traveled 460 feet in all, and it was the first ball to overtake that hedge. Mantle victimized Birds starter Ray Moore, who was hung with a loss after giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in just three innings. Turley fell one out short of a complete game, allowing three runs (two earned) in a 6-3 Yankee victory. Baltimore native Tommy Byrne earned the save for New York.