Jack Reed passes away at age 89. Only HR of career won longest-ever Yankees’ game.

The longest game in Yankees’ history occurred on June 24, 1962, at Tiger Stadium, when the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, in 22 innings. Jack Reed, a backup outfielder who was mostly known as a defensive replacement for Mickey Mantle in order to save Mantle’s legs, hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 22nd inning to win the game.

It was the ONLY home run of Reed’s career.

Reed passed away at the age of 89 last week on November 10.

He threw and batted right-handed and played in the majors for the Yankees from 1961-1963. In 222 major league games, he only got 129 at bats, and was known as “Mantle’s caddy” or “Mickey Mantle’s legs”. For his career, he hit .233 with that one HR and 6 RBI.

In those three seasons, Reed was on two WS champions (1961 and 1962) and an AL pennant winner (1963). He got into three WS games in 1961, not getting any at bats. Although on the WS roster, he didn’t get into any WS games in 1962 or 1963.

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