2008: Things get off to a good start in in the Bronx when Johnny Damonfouls off four straight Tim Wakefield knuckleballs, then homers to right leading off the bottom of the first, but apart from another Damon blast in the 5th, the Yankees won’t have a lot to smile about today. The Red Sox pound Andy Pettittefor 10 hits and six runs over the next four frames on their way to a 7-3 win.
1997: The Yanks pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over Oakland. Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way with 4 hits apiece.
1991: Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player‚ surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990.
1987: The Yankees and Reds exchange starting pitchers‚ with Dennis Rasmussen going to Cincinnati in exchange for Bill Gullickson.
1977: The Yanks win their 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6-5 win over Texas. With Boston losing, New York move in front by 2 games.
1966: Detroit’s Earl Wilson, winner of six straight‚ hits an 8th inning homer to give himself a 5-3 lead over New York. But the Yankees‚ batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th‚ tally one run on a Clete Boyer single‚ and win it 6-5 when Mickey Mantle clouts a pinch homer over a leaping Al Kaline in right field. The win still leaves New York (57-72) entrenched in last place.
1962: Robin Roberts (below), discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees‚ beats Whitey Ford 2-1 on homers by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sputtering Bombers. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.
1961: Roger Maris belts homer no. 51‚ off KC’s Jerry Walker. Roger’s blast in the 6th follows a Tony Kubek round-tripper. Bill Stafford allows just one hit till the 9th inning as the Yanks win 5-1.
1960: The Yanks collect 5 solo homers and 4 pinch hits‚ the latter tying an AL record‚ to top the Indians 7-6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium. Yogi Berra’s 2nd circuit shot gives New York the win in the 11th. In game 2‚ the Yanks win 7-5 with Bob Cerv’s 3-run homer the big blow.
1957: At the Stadium, Yankee-killer Frank Lary stops New York as Detroit win 5-2. Lary allows just a 2-run homer in the first inning to Mickey Mantle that reaches the upper deck in center. The New York lead is now down to 3 1/2 games‚ as they start a crucial series in
Chicago. They will sweep 3 from the Sox.
1956: The Yankees officially announce the purchase of veteran Enos Slaughter from Kansas City.
1949: The Indians down the visiting Yankees 5-3 behind Al Benton. Vic Raschi strikes out 8 but loses his 5th game in his last 8 starts. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, who have swept a doubleheader from the White Sox, now close to within 1 1/2 games.
1935: In the opener of a twinbill‚ lumbering first baseman Zeke Bonura of the White Sox steals home with 2 outs in the 15th inning to beat the Yankees’ Jimmy DeShong 9-8. New York take a 7-5 lead in the 13th on a 2-run single by George Selkirk, but Selkirk’s error following a Luke Appling single and Bonura’s double ties the match up. The Yanks go ahead 8-7 in the top of the 15th on Lou Gehrig’s 2nd homer of the game‚ off Whit Wyatt. A single by Appling and a walk to Bonura start the 15th; Zeke surprises everyone by nabbing his 4th career stolen base. New York take the nitecap 7-5 in 7 innings. Gehrig has 2 homers‚ a double and 3 singles for the afternoon.
1922: The Yankees, in a dogfight with St. Louis for the pennant, take over first place by beating the Brownies 9-2 behind Carl Mays. Rasty Wright is the loser.
1918: AL president Ban Johnson casts the deciding vote in a National Commission decision awarding the disputed services of pitcher Jack Quinn to the Yankees for 1919 over the claim of the White Sox‚ for whom Quinn was 5-1 this year. Quinn became available when the PCL ended its season early.
The red-letter day…
2011: In a rain-delayed afternoon affair, the Yankees become the first team in MLB history to hit 3 grand slams in the same game, in a 22-9 lambasting of the visiting Oakland A’s. The out of towners jumped out to a 7-1 lead before the Bombers’ offense kicked into high gear, with Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson (below) delivering with the bases loaded.
On other 25ths of August…
2003: The Yankees claim Reds lefty reliever Felix Heredia off waivers to keep Cincinnati from trading him to an AL East team.
2001: The Yankees defeat the Angels‚ 7-5‚ as Roger Clemens becomes the 1st AL hurler to go 17-1 to begin a season. Paul O’Neill hits his 20th HR of the year‚ making him the oldest player in history – at age 38 – to reach the 20 HR-20 SB mark in a season.
1996: The Yankees dedicate their first new monument in 47 years‚ to Mickey Mantle‚ in Monument Park in center field at the Stadium. Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments‚ while 15 men are honored on plaques.
1984: ’20s Yankee ace Waite Hoyt dies at the age of 84.
1978: With 4 amateur umps officiating (ML umpires are staging a one-day walkout in defiance of their union contract – semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return), Ron Guidry posts his 18th win‚ beating the A’s 7-1. Reggie Jackson’s home run is good for his 1‚001st career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
1977: The Twins blow a 4-2 lead over the Yankees when Mickey Rivers (below) hits a 2-run single in the 7th inning and Reggie Jackson drives home a run in the next frame.
1976: The Yankees edge the Twins 5-4 in a 19-inning marathon. Grant Jackson becomes the winner over Pete Redfern when Mickey Rivers delivers Oscar Gamble with a walkoff single.
1968: The Tigers‚ ahead 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in the Bronx‚ fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton and tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other appearance on the mound‚ in 1958‚ he also faced Kaline – the victory by a position player will be the last this century. Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and‚ after a walk‚ Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th‚ Yankee reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the AL record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces‚ giving him 32 straight batters retired over 4 appearances. New York sweep‚ winning 6-5 and then topping Mickey Lolich in the nitecap‚ 5-4. The four losses in New York leave the Tigers just 5 lengths ahead of the Orioles.
1966: With a record of 2-5, Whitey Ford is finished for the year, as he undergoes surgery for a circulatory problem in his left shoulder.
1964: Whitey Ford (13-5) wins his first game in 6 weeks. Ford throws 100 pitches in 8 innings and Al Downing strikes out 3 in the 9th as the 3rd-place Yankees beat Washington 4-1.
1957: A baseball game is played at the Little America research station in Antarctica using equipment donated by the Yankees to the United Nations. A team of Seabees tops a team of civilians‚ 11-6‚ in 2 innings. The temperature at game time is a balmy 40 degrees below zero.
1956: On Old Timer’s Day at the Stadium‚ the Yankees make room for new acquisition Enos Slaughter by giving Phil Rizzuto his unconditional release. The Scooter will be 38 next month‚ though years later he’ll reveal he fudged his birth certificate and was really born in 1917. Through the intervention of Ballantine Beer‚ Rizzuto will get a job in the announcing booth next season‚ replacing Jim Woods. The White Sox top the Yanks‚ 4-2. Mickey Mantle has a homer‚ but his throwing error allows the go-ahead run to score.
1952: In a 1-0 win over the Yankees in at the Stadium‚ Virgil Trucks of the Detroit Tigers pitches his second no-hitter of the season. The no-hitter is in doubt for 3 innings when a play made by shortstop Johnny Pesky in the 3rd inning is under debate. The official scorer‚ John Drebinger‚ records it as an error when Pesky has trouble getting a ball hit by Phil Rizzuto out of his glove. Dan Daniel of the New York World Telegram convinces Drebinger that it cannot be ruled an error because the ball was stuck in the fielder’s glove‚ and Rizzuto is awarded a hit. In the 6th inning‚ with Trucks not having given up another hit‚ Drebinger calls Pesky in the dugout from the press box‚ and the shortstop says that he should be given the error rather than Rizzuto the hit. The call is changed again‚ and Trucks’ achievement – the last time the Yankees will be no-hit in the 20th century – is preserved. Trucks’ record is now 5-15: he will finish the season at 5-19.
1951: Before 66‚110 at Cleveland‚ Mickey Mantle powers an opposite field 2-run homer off Mike Garcia to help the Yankees to a 7-3 win. New York (77-46) move to within a game in back of the Tribe.
1939: At St. Louis‚ the Yankees sweep the Browns‚ 11-0 and 8-2. Red Rolfe scores for the Yankees in both games, giving him 18 straight in which he’s tallied a run. In those 18 games he has scored a total of 30 times. The Browns will end the season with a dismal home record of 18-59 – the .234 winning percentage is the worst home record in the 20th century.
Off the field, Dooley Womack, the Yankee pitcher to date to steal a base (in 1968!) is born. Happy 75th to one of the most interestingly named of all Yankee players.
1935: The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, falling 6-3 in the opener and then bouncing back to take the nitecap 6-1. During the first game, Earle Combs (below), playing out of position in left field, suffers a serious shoulder injury in a collision with third baseman Red Rolfe. The Combs injury will help to precipitate the future Hall of Famer’s retirement of the season.
1931: At Chicago‚ the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox 6-0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple‚ a single‚ 2 runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition‚ he beats Carl Reynolds of the Pale Hose in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
1921: With the Indians on their way to a 15-1 win over the Yankees‚ New York pitcher Harry Harper, on the mound in the 8th‚ hits three consecutive Cleveland batters, plunking Charlie Jamieson in the ribs‚ Larry Gardner in the arm‚ and Steve O’Neill in the back. O’Neill takes several steps towards the mound and throws the ball back at Harper, precipitating a bench- clearing brawl. Bob Meusel contributes 4 errors in the game. The Tribe take over 1st place from the Yanks.
1906: The Highlanders sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Hilltop Park by identical 2-0 scores. ‘Slow Joe’ Doyle (below) gets in the win in the opener in his Major League debut.
1902: AL President Ban Johnson (below) announces the league’s intention to have a New York team in ’03‚ with Clark Griffith as manager. The Baltimore Orioles franchise will be moved.
2002: At the Stadium, Rangers’ starter Aaron Myette’s first-inning, bases-loaded walk to Jorge Posada scores Jason Giambi and ties the game at 1-1, after Alex Rodriguez had homered off Roger Clemens. Six innings later Giambi’s long home run to right off lefty Juan Alvarez is the difference in a 3-2 Yankee win.
1983: Brett Gardner is born. Happy 31st to Speedy Gardzales!
1977: Catfish Hunter notches his final win of the year‚ an 11-1 four-hit victory over the Twins. New York support Hunter with homers by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chris Chambliss and Bucky Dent.
1968: Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees top Denny McLain, 2-1, for one of only 6 losses (against 31 wins) that the Tiger ace will suffer this year.
1960: Despite Roy Sievers’ 2 homers and a double‚ the Yankees beat the White Sox 3-2‚ dropping Chicago 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a second place tie with the Orioles. Art Ditmar is the winner over Herb Score.
1951: Against Cleveland’s Early Wynn, Gene Woodling cracks his third homer off the Tribe ace this year‚ as the Yanks win 2-0. Woodling went deep on Wynn on June 24th‚ July 24th and today. Mickey Mantle makes his first appearance since his recall from the minors.
1904: The Highlanders’ Wee Willie Keller collects 2 inside-the-park homers against the St. Louis Browns in a 9-1 win at Hilltop Park.
2003: Baltimore beats Mike Mussina and the Yankees 7-2 behind Rodrigo Lopez’s complete game. Jay Gibbon has a homer and a double. Before the game‚ the Yankees retire number 49 in honour of Ron Guidry. The Yanks shower their former captain with gifts including an SUV‚ a tractor‚ golf clubs‚ a ring and even throw in some mountain bikes for Guidry’s kids. Guidry‚ who hates to fly‚ was given five round trip train tickets from his home in Louisiana to New York.
1999: The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 rout of the Rangers. Scott Brosius and Joe Girardi – the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup – drive in 65 and 7 runs respectively. Derek Jeter scores his 100th run of the year‚ the 1st Yank to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mickey Mantle did it in 9 straight campaigns (1953-61).
1996: The Yankees obtain pitcher Graeme Lloyd (below) and former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Gerald Williams and pitcher Bob Wickman. Lloyd is immediately put to work and provides late inning relief as the first-place Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-3. The Yanks will officially complain to the AL that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players‚ but the complaint is ignored. However‚ the Brewers will take back
Listach and send Ricky Bones to the Bronx on the 29th. The Yanks will file a grievance over Lloyd’s injury next month and the Brewers will send minor leaguer Danny Perez as compensation. Lloyd will go on to excel in the post-season when the Yankees win their first World Series since 1978.
1977: Behind Mickey Rivers’ 5-for-5 day and Mike Torrez’s 7th straight complete game contributing to an 8-3 defeat of the White Sox‚ the Yanks take over first place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing‚ the Yankees go ahead by a half game and will stay in first place to the end.
1964: The Yankees, currently in third place, launch the hot streak that will carry them to the pennant, as they beat the Red Sox at Fenway 4-3 – they will win 26 of their next 33. Mickey Mantle opens the scoring with a towering two-run blast off Earl Wilson.
1956: Despite Mickey Mantle’s bunt single, triple, and home run in the nightcap, the White Sox, led by Nellie Fox’s seven straight hits, take both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium, 8-3 and 6-4.
1948: Ron Blomberg, the first Yankee designated hitter (and the first DH in Major League history to bat) is born. Happy 66th, Ron!
1942: Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69‚000 for the New York-Washington game at the Stadium that provides $80‚000 for Army-Navy relief. The Babe hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands‚ and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523‚000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener 7-6, and New York cop the nitecap 3-0 in 5 1/2 innings.
1935: After hitting a homer in the 5th against the Browns, Lou Gehrig connects in the 13th with 2 aboard to give the Yankees a 6-3 win.
1930: The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yanks will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.
1928: The rained-out Yankees pick up Tom Zachary on waivers from Washington for $7‚500. Zachary will take the place in the starting rotation normally occupied by Herb Pennock currently down with an attack of neuritis. To make room for the lefty‚ New York release veteran spitballer Stan Coveleski.
1920: In the Yankee clubhouse at the Polo Grounds, Carl Mays (below) is waiting to make his first appearance since the fatal beaning of Ray Chapman‚ when a clubhouse boy delivers a note from Ty Cobb. It reads: ‘If it was within my power‚ I would have inscribed on Ray Chapman’s tombstone these words: ‘Here lies a victim of arrogance‚ viciousness and greed’. Though nervous in the early innings‚ Mays shuts out the Tigers to win 10-0. He then issues a statement to answer his critics on the Tigers and Red Sox: “Both those clubs have pitchers who have hit more men this year than I have”. Mays has hit six‚ but Boston’s Joe Bush (10) and Detroit’s Howard Ehmke (9) have more plunkings.
2010: The Yankees sink the Mariners 10-0 at the Stadium. Robinson Cano hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs in support of CC Sabathia’s league-leading 17th win, his 15th straight at home.
1996: The Yankees claim Luis Sojo off waivers.
1968: Jim Merritt loses his shut out in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle parks a pinch homer in Minneapolis. The Twins win‚ 3-1. The Mick’s homer ties him with Jimmie Foxx for third place on the all-time list.
1964: In a doubleheader with the Red Sox, the Yankees lose the opener 5-3‚ extending their losing streak to 6 games. Boston score 3 runs in the 8th inning to win it. In the nitecap‚ New York win 8-0‚ as Mickey Mantle and John Blanchard both homer‚ and Roger Maris drives in 3 runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his third game in a row since being recalled from Richmond. The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles, with the White Sox in second place‚ 1 1/2 games back.
1961: Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th homer in the month of August‚ as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4-3 (Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx both hit no. 50 on September 4th). Ken McBride serves up the gopher ball in the 6th inning with Billy Gardner aboard.
1958: The pipeline continues to flow… Kansas City‚ in 5th place, ship pitcher Murry Dickson, their second biggest winner‚ to the Yankees for a player to be named later: it turns out to be minor leaguer Zeke Bella Dickson will provide unneeded pennant insurance for the Yankees, and, to no one’s surprise, will return to KC next May. The Yanks win today‚ topping Chicago‚ 8-5.
1954: The Yankees pick up relief pitcher Jim Konstanty from the Phillies for cash. The former MVP will be a valuable contributor in 1955.
1949: The second-division Giants sell veteran Johnny Mize to the Yankees for $40‚000. Mize has tied Ralph Kiner for the NL lead in homers the past two seasons. Asked about the acquisition at a train stopover in Albany‚ an astonished Casey Stengel replies‚ “This is the first I’ve heard of it. Do with him? I don’t know what I’ll do with him.” The Yanks lead Boston by 2 1/2 games.
1927: The Yankees lose their fourth straight for the first time this year‚ 9-4‚ to the Indians‚ despite Babe Ruth’s 40th home run of the campaign. Righty Urban Shocker, on in relief‚ breaks a finger on his left hand when he is hit by Joe Sewell’s line drive. Sewell has 4 of the Tribe’s 19 hits.
1889: Wally Schang, starting catcher for the Yankees’ first three pennant winning clubs and their first World Championship team in 1923, is born.
The red-letter day ~
1930: After belting career home run no. 599 ~ a grand slam ~ in yesterday’s game, Babe Ruth hits his 600th off George Blaeholder of the Browns‚ as the Yankees win 11-7. Lou Gehrig homers immediately after the Babe’s historic blow. In their 10 years as teammates‚ they will homer in the same inning 19 times and in the same game 72 times.
On other 21sts of August…
2011: With Alex Rodriguez back in the line-up for the first time since the 7th of July, the Yankees shut out the Twins 3 – 0. Curtis Granderson, who has had no problem hitting the ball out of the park all year, keeps his 7th-inning hit within the confines, but races around the bases for an inside the park homer that doubles the Yankees’ lead. Mark Teixera follows with a more conventional home run and Ivan Nova improves to 13-4 on the year. A-Rod and Jim Thome become the first members of the 600 home run club to appear in the same contest since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron 38 years earlier.
2009: Hideki Matsui hits a pair of three-run homers and drives in 7 as the Yankees lambast the Red Sox 20-11 at Fenway. The only highlight for the Sox comes when Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 54th base of the season in the 1st, breaking the franchise record held by Tommy Harper.
2005: The White Sox beat the Yankees 6-2‚ scoring all its runs in the 4th inning‚ clocking Randy Johnson for 4 home runs in the frame‚ including 3 in a row. The Big Unit had never previously given up 4 homers in an inning.
1996: Welcome to the Bigs ~ Derek Jeter launches Jason Dickson’s first Major League pitch for a home run, but that’s all the scoring for the slumping Yankees as the Angels’ rookie wins 7-1. Chili Davis has a brace of homers‚ the first off loser Jimmy Key (9-10).
1991: Bernie Williams fans 5 consecutive times in a 7-4 loss to the Royals to tie the major league mark for a 9-inning game. He’s consoled by Yankee hitting coach Frank Howard, one of the 28 batters who share the mark.
1977: Graig Nettles’ home run and double account for both Yankee runs in a 2-1 win over Texas. Ron Guidry picks up his 10th win of the year, and the Yanks cut the Red Sox lead to 1/2 a game.
1966: John Wetteland is born. Happy 48th to Mariano’s predecessor, and thanks for the ’96 WS!
1943: At Cleveland‚ Charley Keller and Bill Dickey hit homers to pace the Yankees to a 8-3 win over the Indians. For Dickey‚ it is his 200th career round-tripper. Jeff Heath had a two run homer‚ his 4th of the series against New York. Hank Borowy is the winner and stops Lou Boudreau’s 14-game hit streak. Nick Etten has three hits and an RBI‚ and is now tied with Rudy York for the league RBI lead with 84.
1936: Red Sox hurler Wes Ferrell, in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support‚ walks off the mound during a Yankee rally at the Stadium and is suspended and fined $1‚000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in 5 days he has walked off the hill‚ having done it at Fenway last Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell‚ furious when he hears about the fine‚ and says he will not pay it. “They can suspend me or trade me‚ but they’re not getting any dough from me.” The Red Sox lift the suspension in 4 days but will trade Ferrell after the season. The Yanks win‚ 4-1‚ handing Ferrell his 14th loss of the year.
1935: In a see-saw doubleheader at Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees thrash the Browns 14-2 in the opener before losing the nitecap 14-3. A crowd of 1‚500 see Lou Gehrig blow open the first game with a 3rd inning grand slam off Buck Newsom. It is Lou’s record 17th salami. The Iron Horse has another circuit shot in the second game.
1934: Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees fall to the visiting Browns 8-6. St. Louis left fielder Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.
1933: The Yankees and White Sox play an 18-inning game which ends in a 3-3 tie because of darkness. Each team has a line of 3-11-0 and each scores a single run in the 9th and two in the 11th. Herb Pennock (below) comes on to relieve Yankee starter Charlie Devens in the 8th and goes the last 10 innings.
1927: The Indians make it 2 in a row over the Yankees‚ beating them 7-4. Babe Ruth leaves the game in the first inning after hitting an apparent extra base hit and pulling up lame at first.
1921: At St. Louis‚ the largest crowd of the season cheer as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 5-4 and 10-0. Bill Bayne (below) strikes out 7 of the 1st 9 Yanks in game 2 on his way to a 10 K run.
The red-letter day ~
1964: The ‘Harmonica Incident.’
On the New York team bus following a 5-0 White Sox win‚ Phil Linz begins to play ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ on his harmonica. Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop‚ then slaps the instrument out of his hands when he continues playing. The incident is reported as indicating dissension on the club and Berra’s lack of control‚ as well as the level of Linz’s humour.
On other 20ths of August…
1990: In the wake of the Howie Spira-Dave Winfield scandal, George Steinbrenner resigns as managing general partner of the Yankees.
1986: Dave Winfield hits his 300th career homer in a losing cause as the Yanks fall to Seattle‚ 5-2. Mike Trujillo wins his first game for the Mariners.
1961: Roger Maris hits his 49th and Mickey Mantle his 46th as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Indians‚ 6-0 and 5-2. Both come in game one as Ralph Terry pitches a 4-hitter. Moose Skowron homers in the nitecap and the Mick notches an RBI with his 101st walk‚
following a single and 2 HPBs to load the bases.
1957: Bob Turley pitches a 2-hitter for the Yanks against Kansas City‚ but loses 1-0 to former Bomber Ralph Terry. Both A’s hits come in the 6th when Tim Thompson drives in Woody Held with a single. Thompson won yesterday’s 1-0 game with a single.
1955: The Yankees stay a game ahead of the White Sox and Cleveland by clipping the Orioles 3-2. Lefty Bill Wight allows just one hit until the 4th‚ when he gives up a walk‚ a single and a double. Paul Richards then brings in George Zuverink to Elston Howard‚ moving Wight to first base, replacing Gus Triandos. Howard doubles in 2 runs‚ Zuverink gets the next 2 hitters before Wight returns to the mound and pitches shutout ball the rest of the way. Tommy Byrne (below) wins his 12th game against 3 losses.
1944: Graig Nettles is born. Happy 70th, Puff!
1938: Lou Gehrig hits a first-inning grand slam‚ the 23rd and last of his career for a record of which he is still a co-holder. It comes off Buck Ross in an 11-3 victory over the A’s. Larrupin’ Lou ends the day with 6 RBIs.
1931: At St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig hits his 33rd homer in the 4th to tie Babe Ruth for the ML lead‚ but the Babe answers in the 9th with his 34th‚ a grand slam over the right field roof‚ to give the Yanks a 7-3 win over the Browns. Lefty Gomez almost has New York’s first shutout of the season‚ but he weakens in the 9th.
1923: At Comiskey Park‚ the Yanks are winning a laugher‚ 16-5‚ when a dog wanders into left field in the 9th inning. Babe Ruth briefly plays with the pup‚ then tosses his mitt at it to chase it away. The dog promptly grabs the mitt in its teeth and takes off at the same moment that Sox rookie pitcher Paul Castner lofts a fly to left. Babe casually catches the fly bare handed.
2010: The Yankees use a 9-run 6th inning to blow away the Tigers 11-5. Robinson Cano hits a double and homer and collects 3 RBI in the frame. The Yankees are now a game in front of Tampa Bay, who lose, 4-3, to Oakland, but place newly-acquired first baseman Lance Berkman on the DL with a sprained ankle.
2001: The Mariners rout the Yankees 10-2‚ as outfielder Mike Cameron gets 4 hits ~ including 2 homers ~ and drives home 8 runs. Ichiro stretches his hitting streak to 16 games‚ giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this year. He is the first Major Leaguer with three 15-game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper in 1980.
2000: The Yankees beat the Angels 9-1‚ with Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger hitting an MLB record-tying 3 sacrifice flies in the 3rd inning. Andy Pettitte goes the distance to garner the win.
1990: Kevin Maas’ magical run continues, as he becomes the fastest rookie in MLB history to hit 14 home runs (in 128 at bats) in a 3-1 win over the Mariners at the Stadium. Tim Leary gets the win, Matt Young the loss, and Dave Righetti cashes in the save.
1980: In New York’s 3-1 win at Seattle‚ Bob Watson is 3-for-3 including a homer and a double‚ the latter off the left center field PA speaker at the Dome in the 2nd inning. It’s is retrieved by third baseman Bill Stein.
1978: Chris Capuano is born. Happy birthday to the Yanks’ newest lefty!
1977: Backed by homers from Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row as New York beat Texas 8-1. The Yanks are now 2 1/2 games in back of Boston.
1962: Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey and Billy Bryan of the A’s hit consecutive homers in the 7th inning‚ but that hardly compares to the Yankee fusillade – Elston Howard has 2 home runs and 8 RBI; Bill Skowron a homer and 4 RBIs; and Mickey Mantle a grand slam and 7 RBIs‚ as the Yankees rout the A’s‚ 21-7. The Mick adds 2 stolen bases before Jack Reed takes over in center field.
1945: The Yankees win the first of a pair with the White Sox 4-2 to break their 9-game losing streak‚ the longest the team has suffered since Joe McCarthy took over in 1931. Chicago take the nitecap‚ 2-0‚ as Lefty Grove scatters 5 hits amongst the New Yorkers‚ 3 by Bud Metheny (below).
1941: In the second of two at Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio jams his spikes sliding into second on a double and severely twists his ankle. He will be out for a month. The Yanks win 8-3 after losing the opener‚ 12-2 to Hal Newhouser.
1936: In Washington‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks a 2-2 tie with a two-out homer in the 5th off Jimmy DeShong and the first-place Yankees roll on to a 7-4 win. Red Ruffing (below) pitches a complete game‚ while DiMag and Bill Dickey collect three hits apiece. John Stone has a homer for the Nats.
1935: Bobby Richardson is born. Happy 79th to one of the great Yankee second basemen!
1920: Despite Babe Ruth’s 43rd home run of the year‚ the Indians’ Slim Caldwell allows just 4 other hits to top the Yanks‚ 3-2. The Tribe answer with homers by Elmer Smith and two hits from new shortstop Harry Lunte. The Indian players leave immediately for Cleveland and Ray Chapman’s funeral with a half-game lead over Chicago and 1 1/2 over the Yankees‚. It will be the tightest race since 1908.
1910: Atley Donald, standout pitcher for the Yankees in the late ’30s and early ’40s, is born.
1908: Jack Chesbro allows 11 hits‚ but still blanks the Tigers 7-0.
2007: In an historic first, a player hits a home run off a pitcher who won a Cy Young Award before the hitter was even born. Roger Clemens is the hurler, Cameron Maybin of the Tigers the young slugger. The Yankees down Detroit at the Stadium 5-2.
2006: At Fenway, the Yankees outlast the Red Sox in the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader to prevail 14-11, with Mike Myers (below) getting the win. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning contest in ML history. The visitors won the first game by the more comfortable margin of 12-4. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40
2000: The Angels defeat the Yankees‚ 9-8 in 11 innings. Anaheim score 5 runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad’s homer wins it in the 11th. It is the first time since 1988 that the Bombers have blown a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.
1996: In a wild contest at the Stadium‚ the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to make it a ballgame again. Seattle score twice in the 6th‚ but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle score 3 in the top half of the inning‚ 2 on first baseman Paul Sorrento’s second homer of the game. New York fight back with 2 in the bottom of the inning‚ but fall 1 short‚ losing 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East‚ while the Mariners stay 6 games behind Texas in second place in the AL West.
1995: Phil Rizzuto calls it quits as a Yankee broadcaster after 39 years at the mike‚ reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend Mickey Mantle’s funeral. The Scooter eventually will return for the 1996 season.
1989: Dallas Green (below) is fired as Yankee manager and replaced by former shortstop Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time that the Bronx Bombers have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973.
1983.The ‘Pine Tar Game’ resumes. Hal McRae strikes out for the last Kansas City out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals’ 5-4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and‚ as the only game scheduled at the Stadium‚ is attended by a crowd of 1‚245. An odd feature of the game is Billy Martin’s protest lineup in the field, including lefty Don Mattingly playing second, and Ron Guidry in center field.
1979: The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1-3) to the Mets.
1976: In an 8-6 Yankee win over the Rangers, Roy White homers from each side of the plate.
1950: A’s lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last 5 innings‚ but it’s a big one. With the score tied at 2 in the top of the 9th‚ Joe DiMaggio blasts his 22nd home run of the year to give the 3rd place New Yorkers a 3-2 win and hand the Mackmen their 6th straight loss.
1940: The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor‚ Jimmy Powers (in the middle in the photo below)‚ suggesting that the fifth place Yankees had been hit by a ‘mass polio epidemic.’ Powers charges that Lou Gehrig’s ‘infantile paralysis’ had infected the other Yankees‚ accounting for the team’s uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans.
At Gehrig’s request‚ Milton Eisenberg‚ a Brooklyn attorney‚ brings suit for $1 million against Powers and the newspaper charging that Gehrig’s reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees‚ including Bill Dickey, also file suit against the News‚ causing the newspaper to issue a public apology that will appear on September 26‚ The three and a half column story appears under the headline ‘OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES.’ In his apology‚ Powers admits he had no business getting ‘snarled up in medical controversy’, stating ‘Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club’. ‘Lou is a personal
hero‚ Powers adds. ‘Hurting his feelings was far from my mind’.
1938: In the opening game of a doubleheader at Washington, and pitching against the team that released him less than a week ago‚ new Yankee Wes Ferrell beats the Senators 5-4 in 11 innings. The visitors drop the first nitecap 6-3, Bump Hadley taking the loss.
1935: At Detroit‚ Tony Lazzeri send a line drive back through the box, hitting Schoolboy Rowe on the hand. After a 12-minute delay‚ the pitcher returns and allows just one more hit. Detroit whip the Yankees 6-0.
1931: In New York’s 5-4 loss at Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1‚000th consecutive game. He is 307 short of Everett Scott’s record streak.
1920: Wally Pipp (below) hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning‚ off Jim Bagby‚ to give the Yankees a 4-3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman. Carl Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the symbol.
1912: At Hilltop Park, the Tigers beat the Highlanders 9-4. Ty Cobb steals home in the 1st inning‚ the third time this season he’s swiped home in the opening frame.
1906: Wee Willie Keeler is struck out for only the second time this season‚ both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox‚ and the luck of Willie’s Highlander teammates isn’t much better, as the visiting Chicagoans roll, 10-0. The Sox score 9 in the 9th to break it open.
1903: Jack Chesbro (below) bests Bill Donovan of the Tigers in a pitching duel at Detroit, as the Highlanders prevail 1-0.
The red-letter day ~
1933: In action against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott’s mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Rogers Hornsby‚ razzed by the Yankees all afternoon‚ inserts himself as a pinch hitter with 2 outs in the 10th‚ and belts a 3-run homer off Lefty Grove to win the game, 7-6.
On other 17ths of August…
2007: Andy Pettitte is masterful in a 6-1 Yankee win over the Tigers in the Stadium. Mike Mussina, having the worst struggles of his career, surrendered a Carlos Guillen grand slam yesterday, but Andy’s five-hitter rights the Yankee ship, and they will win the next three to prevail in yet another four-game series. Third-inning RBI from Bobby Abreu and A-Rod give the Yanks the lead, and Jason Giambi homers twice.
2002: The Yankees defeat the Mariners 8-3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first second baseman ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY outfielder Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He gets out his next time up to fall 1 short of the ML record. His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Pirates’ Jason Werth matches him in 2007.
2001: Mike Mussina throws 7 shutout innings and the Yankees club 3 homers to beat the Mariners 4-0. Derek Jeter hits a leadoff HR and will do it again tomorrow.
1971: Jorge Posada is born. Happy 43rd to our beloved former backstop!
1953: In the second game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, Bob Kuzava shuts out the Athletics, in spite of the 11 hits that he allows along the way. Whitey Ford had already ridden 11 Yankee safeties to a 10-3 win in the opener.
1967: Ray Caldwell, a mainstay of Highlanders/Yankees pitching staffs from 1910 through 1918, dies at the age of 79.
1948: Tom Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season‚ off the Senators’ Sid Hudson, to join Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig and Rudy York – and later Al Rosen and Ray Boone – for the AL record. Henrich‚ who broke in with the Ynkees in 1937‚ had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York‚ 8-1
1944: Yankee outfielder Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher last year‚ hits 4 straight doubles to share a ML mark. The Yanks win 10-3 over the Indians.
1943: In a 4-2 New York win‚ Nick Etten of the Yankees singles twice off White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch in which Etten didn’t single. Six of the games were hitless‚ but Etten either doubled or homered in the other games. The Yankee lead is now 9 1/2 games, with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series‚ most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel restrictions. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.
1929: The Yankees buy Lefty Gomez from San Francisco (PCL). The future Hall of Fame pitcher will make his debut with the big club in September 1930.
1923: The Yanks edge the Browns‚ 5-4 at St. Louis. Babe Ruth hits his 31st home run in the 1st and adds a double in the 8th. After 111 games‚ the Bambino is hitting .401 with 31 homers. He’ll wind up with the hghest BA of his career at 393. With 205 hits‚ a ML record 170 walks‚ and 4 times hit by pitches‚ Ruth will reach base a record 379 times.
1920: Ray Chapman dies as a result of the fractured skull that he received yesterday from a pitch by Carl Mays. In his memory, today’s Indians-Yankees match will be postponed.
Mays‚ a surly‚ unpopular pitcher‚ will be the target of fans’ and players’ outrage. Chapman‚ a Cleveland favorite since his debut in 1912‚ had been married the previous year. In October his widow will receive a full World Series share of $3‚986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays’s pitching. One week later he will blank Detroit 10-0‚ and go on to win 26 and lose 11. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman’s place‚ and for 14 years he will be the hardest man in baseball to strike out.
1918: The Yankees and White Sox split a pair‚ with Chicago taking the first game‚ 7-4‚ and New York winning the nitecap‚ 7-2. Frank Shellenback wins for Chicago in the opener‚ while New York’s Slim Love (below) strikes out 12 Sox hitters in the 2nd game‚ the highest total for the season. Yanks pitcher Ray Caldwell is absent today‚ reportedly having joined the war effort at a local shipyard.