A line-drive hitter but a defensive liability at third base and shortstop for the
Yankees, Lumpe was traded to the A's in 1959 and became a steady second baseman.
In 1962 he reached career highs in average (.301), HR (10), and RBI (83) and put
together a 20-game hitting streak.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 24, 1958: The Yankees erupt for five runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the Sox 6–2 at Comiskey Park. Mickey Mantle's clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning, followed by a single, walk and Jerry Lumpe's first ML home run, and a home run by Siebern. Duren K's six of the last nine batters to preserve Bob Turley's win.
»May 22, 1959: Baltimore's Hoyt Wilhelm one-hits the Yankees 5–0, with Jerry Lumpe's single in the 8th the spoiler. Switch hitter Mickey Mantle hits righty against Wilhelm and does no better than he has been lefty. On May 28, Wilhelm will beat the Yankees again, 5-0.