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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

Mays Homers in 12th, Giants Top Cubs... July 12, 1957
New York Giants trip Cubs 8-6 in Polo Grounds

Old Newspaper Clipping from the Chicago Sun-Times by Jerry Holtzman, Staff Correspondent

July 12, 1957

New York - A homer is a homer as Gertrude Stein would have said.

But even she might have had her doubts here Sunday as the Giants hit four homers to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 in 12 innings.

All of New York homers, including a game-winning hoist by Willie Mays, were cheapies. They would have been long outs in Wrigley Field but they were homers here in the short-fenced Polo Grounds. And that was all that counted.

Mays held to a single and thrown out stealing after his first five turns at bat, made amends the sixth time. He worked reliefer Jim Brosnan to a 3-2 count and then lofted the ball into the left field upper deck with Johnny Antonelli on deck.

Go For Distance

The other Giant homer were by Whitey Lockman and Bobby Thompson. Lockman hit for the distance his first time up and connected again with a man on base and two outs in the ninth, enabling the Giants to tie the score at 6-6 and send the game into overtime.

The Cubs also collected two homers and as luck would have it both were bondafide blows. Dale Long hit one into the upper right-field deck above the 395-foot marker and Bob Speake smashed one over the right-field roof.

Long's homer came with the bases empty and one out in the fourth. Speake, pinch-hitting for pitcher Dave Hillman, got his in the same inning with two men on base, and enabled the Cubs to come from behind and take a 4-2 lead.

McCormick Bounced

The Giants retaliated in their half of the fourth and tied the score with two runs on Thompson's single, a double by second baseman Daryl Spencer - after two foul ball homers - and an infield out and sacrifice fly.

But the Cubs fought back for a 6-4 lead and knocked out Mike McCormick, who was working in relief for starter Ray Crone. A hit batsman, two singles and a wild pitch gave the Cubs their 6-4 bulge.

Lockman's second homer, this one off Turk Lown, the third of four Cub pitchers, sent the game into extra innings and then Mays won it in the 12th. It was Mays' 15th homer of the season and accounted for his 47th and 48th RBI. Mays is batting .305 for the year.

Marv Grissom, the 39-year-old relief specialist, held the Wrigleys scoreless for the last five innings even though the Chicagoans loaded the bases with only one out in the 12th.

Pitcher Johnny Antonelli was sent up as a pinch-hitter in the 12th and drew a walk off losing pitcher Jim Brosnan immediately preceding Willie Mays' homer.

Cubs right-fielder Walt Moryn collected five of the Cubs 11 hits. He was 5-for-6 , all singles, and is now hitting .313 for the year (1957).

The winning pitcher was Grissom (2-2) the loser Brosnan (1-3). Attendance 5,727 Time of Game: 3:33.

The New York Giants raised their season record to 38-44 in 6th place, while the Chicago Cubs fell to 27-47, last place in the National League.

The Cubs and Giants will close out their brief series Monday with either Don Eston (2-1) or Tom Poholsky (1-4) getting the starting assignment. Johnny Antonelli, who has shown some of his best pitching form in recent games though 8-7 for the season, is the Giants' choice. - Newspaper Clipping



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