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July 12, 1951 Indians vs. Yankees Program From Allie Reynolds No-Hitter - Mantle #6

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With one Oklahoma native on the mound and another in right field, the New York Yankees no-hit the host Cleveland Indians on July 12, 1951 to tighten a close four-team pennant race in which the Bronx Bombers were to eventually prevail. This program was issued at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium for that memorable pitching gem. The 16-page guide features a cover design on which “Chief Wahoo” appears through a knothole in a wooden fence. The crisp interior pages include statistics and photographs documenting the Indians’ season. The center pages are home to preprinted lineups that include Joe DiMaggio in the cleanup slot and Gene Woodling batting leadoff for the visitors. While this was the customary Yankee lineup at the time, DiMaggio was sidelined from July 8 through July 24 that year. Adjusting to DiMaggio’s absence, the Yankees inserted Mantle (listed as number 6 among the Yankee reserves on the lineup card) who batted leadoff that day and doubled off of Tribe ace Bob Feller. Woodling, meanwhile, hit fifth and homered off of Feller in the seventh inning for the game’s only run, which held up as Allie “Superchief” Reynolds blanked the Indians on no hits and three walks. The scoring grids are unmarked and, while it’s a certainty that the program is from the July 12-14 Yankees-Indians series, we attribute it to the no-hit game of the 12th, as that date is circled in graphite pencil on page 1. With covers/pages intact, the guide presents (EX) with a vertical compacting fold and a small tear on the back cover.

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