A red-letter bat day for Lefty Gomez

This article was written by Al Kermisch

This article was published in the 1989 Baseball Research Journal


Lefty Gomez was a star pitcher with the New York Yankees from 1930 through 1942, but his .147 batting was another matter.  In his final year with the Yanks, however, Gomez had one great batting day.  Beating Washington 16-1 and allowing only four hits on May 28, 1942, Lefty equaled the Senators’ hit total with four singles in five times at bat, scored three runs and batted in two.  He singled in the second, third, seventh, and eighth innings.  The only time he was retired was in the fifth, when he was thrown out by pitcher Walter Masterson.  A few weeks earlier, he had singled off Bob Newsom for his only other hit of ’42.  After his four-hit game, Lefty never registered another hit in the majors.

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