The 1964 Yankees Come to Richmond for an Exhibition Game

Ike Futch, who played in the Yankees’ minor league system as, primarily, a second baseman, from 1959 through 1964 (check his stats), recently left a comment on a post on this blog about Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. When I wrote an email back to him, he told me about an exhibition game he had played for the Richmond Virginians (they were the Yankees’ AAA affiliate) at the end of 1964 spring training. Ike sent along files of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s coverage of the game, played on Sunday, April 12, 1964, at Richmond’s Parker Field.

Here is some of the coverage; to begin, Ike sliding into second under Phil Linz’s tag to steal the base; he would score the winning run a couple minutes later on a Horace Clarke single.

The box score:
Part of the game account:
And a few game notes, featuring an item on Mickey Mantle and his health:

I believe that of all the Richmond Virginians, Mel Stottlemyre, who pitched in this game, went on to have the best MLB career. Also, I have interviewed Ike Futch about his minor league career, especially his years in the Yankees organization.

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  1. Interesting note in the clip at the bottom about Preston Gomez threatening to release minor leaguer Frank Carpin. Turns out that Carpin stayed in Richmond and had a decent 1964, and then went on to pitch 49 MLB games, all as a reliever, for the Pirates and Astros in 1965 and 1966. As bad as the Yanks were in those two years, they probably should have just held on to Carpin.

    It’s often said of the Yanks in the mid-’60s that, after their stars aged out, they had no-one left in the minors to replace them. With (apart from Stottlemyre), the only other future “stars” for Richmond in that boxscore being Horace Clarke and Jake Gibbs, here we have visual proof that the minor league cupboard truly was bare by April 1964…

  2. Mel split the 1963 season with the Vees and Yankees. I took my grandfather (Pirates fan) to see Mel pitch in ’63 before the Yankees brought him up. Mel pitched 9 innings and was lifted when the game went into extra innings. I believe it was a 1-1 game when he left. The Vees won it in 10. As we left that park I asked my granddad what he thought od Mel…to which he replied “Aw heck, he didn’t even win the game”! At 13 I had hoped my grandfather was impressed with someone I idolized…

  3. The Futch Family from Spearsville, Louisiana were a class act.

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