On September 19, the Yankees were in Detroit playing the first place Tigers in the third game of a three game series. The Tigers had won the first two games which clinched first place in the American League for them.
Denny McLain was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and he entered the game with an astounding 30-5 record. In the top of the eighth inning, McLain had a commanding 6-1 lead over the Yankees on his way to his 31st victory. With one out in the inning, Mickey Mantle stepped up to the plate while the crowd of 9,063 gave him a standing ovation. The crowd knew that Mantle would probably retire after the season so it was most likely his last at bat in Tiger Stadium. What followed next was something unprecedented in major league baseball history.