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What stood out most to me in that 1961 season was Gentile's "efficiency" in batting in runs.
"Do not go Gentile into that good night.”
Gentile had a better year than Maris, but he really wasn't that close to Mantle or Norm Cash offensively. He was 5th in WAR (tied with Maris) behind those two, Kaline and Colavito.
4)Even more extreme - OYS held righties to a .655 OPS (2nd most difficult park to hit in behind Baltimore) , but lefties recorded a .789 OPS there, second best in the league (behind only Wrigley Field in L.A. - more on that later); yes, OYS boosted offense for left handed batters even more than Fenway did. This is something that is difficult to believe, not just for 1961 but for many other years over the decades - OYS was really two entirely different parks - extreme pitcher's park for righty batters, but excellent hitter's park for lefties. Mantle and Maris were actually getting their stats boosted at OYS, even though it played as a pitcher's park overall. Yes, Mantle was a switch hitter, so some of his ABs were as a righty, which somewhat neutralized his numbers, but overall, OYS helped Mantle's numbers as he had far more ABs as a lefty than as a righty.
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