OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1942: Yankee, Red Sox players both hitting well in American League pennant race

PESKYMay 24-28, 1942

Portland sports fans receive daily updates in their newspapers on the exploits of two local products and infielders in the major leagues: Joe Gordon, from Jefferson High, is batting .386 for the New York Yankees, while Lincoln High's Johnny Pesky is hitting .338 for the Boston Red Sox. New York defeats the Red Sockers, 9-2, at Yankee Stadium, improving the Bombers' American League-leading record to 25-10 and dropping Boston to 18-18.

Later in the week, Gordon's ninth-inning single lifts the Yanks over the visiting Philadelphia Athletics, 3-2, and extends his hitting streak to 13 games.

• The team of golfers from Alderwood Country Club win the Alderwood Invitational. Next in the standings are Oswego Lake, Columbia, Riverside, Portland, Waverley and Tualatin, in that order.

• Rain forces postponement of the Portland high school track championships at Franklin High. A day later, the meet is moved to Jefferson, where conditions are better.

• Mount Angel High's baseball team defeats Central Catholic, 5-0.

• The San Francisco Seals arrive for a seven-game Pacific Coast League baseball series with the Portland Beavers at Vaughn Street.

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