2012: Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox mascot, goes missing before today’s game with the Yankees, making the team suspect a dastardly deed on the part of Yankee fans. Boston Police issue an APB announcing a search for a ‘green and furry [character sporting a permanent er to ear grin on an extremely large head’. It turns out to be a misunderstanding as Wally is located a few hours later taking an unauthorized tour of his home city.
2008: Goose Gossage is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2007: Andy Pettitte has a solid outing against the Orioles at Camden Yard (AKA Yankee Stadium South), giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings of work, but his opposite number Jeremy Guthrie is even better, as the hosts emerge from the contest with a 4-2 win.
2002: Jason Giambi has a homer and 5 runs scored as the Yankees double up the Indians 14-7. Nick Johnson also goes long to back David Wells.
1997: Andy Pettite makes a quality start, scattering 9 hits over 7 2/3 innings, but his offense will be unable to overcome a 3-run third by the Mariners, as Joe Girardi’s two-run seventh-inning double off Seattle southpaw Jeff Fassero will the best the Yankee bats can muster. The visitors from Seattle hold out for a 3-2 victory.
1995: At Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium, rookie Andy Pettitte evens his record on the year to 6-6 with a 1-0 squeaker over the Royals. Mike Stanley knocks in DH Dion James with a 4th inning single for all the offense that will be needed by Dandy Andy, who also gets setup help from Bob Wickman, and the last 3 outs from closer John Wetteland.
1988: Tommy John achieves n unenviable ML first by committing 3 errors on one play in the Yankees’ 16-3 rout of the Brewers. The ‘feat’ ties the ML record for errors in one inning by a pitcher.
1978: The Yankees win the first game of their doubleheader with the Indians 11-0‚ but the Tribe rebound to win the second contest 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties a Major League record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap‚ only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.
1975: In the first of a twinbill with the Yankees at Shea Stadium‚ Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lee wins‚ 1-0‚ and then Roger Moret applies a double coating of whitewash with a 6-0 nitecap victory. Though largely unnoticed at the time, a rookie named Ron Guidry makes his debut in the second game, though, and notches Jim Rice as his first Major League strikeout victim. The losses deal a severe blow to the Yanks’ pennant hopes as well as to Bill Virdon’s chances of holding onto his job as New York’s manager.
Elsewhere in the 5 boroughs, Alex Rodriguez is born. Happy 39th to A-Rod!
1973: Thurman Munson singles home the winner in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 1-0 win over Brewers starter Jim Colburn. The Bombers maintain their hold on first place, 1 1/2 games in front of the Orioles.
Off the field, Enrique Wilson, utility infielder for the Yankees from 2001 through 2004, is born. ¡Cumpleaños feliz, Enrique!
1970: The Yankees defeat California‚ 5-2‚ behind Mel Stottlemyre ‚ who is helped by ever-crafty shortstop Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied‚ Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch-runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.
1956: Good pitching trumps good hitting every time… and vice versa: 4 Yankee hurlers surrender 26 hits to the Kansas City A’s (to their own side’s 13) over 14 innings (including 5 hits apiece to Hector Lopez and Vic Power), but still hold on to win 10-9.
1951: The White Sox, now 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees and the Red Sox, open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th‚ the Sox make it 4-3 before rain and the home team delay the game. Yankee rookie sensation Gil McDougald is ejected for stalling‚ and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally‚ the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.
1949: Three homers are lost in a rain-shortened game at the Stadium between the Yankees and the Indians. In the bottom of the first, Tommy Henrich goes deep off Bob Feller with two on and no one out. In the top of the second, Joe Gordon bangs a solo shot with one out off Ed Lopat. One inning later, Cleveland pitcher Sam Zoldak (shown below) hits a solo homer with one out off Lopat. Zoldak loses his only career round-tripper with the washout.
1945: The Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from the Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal‚ confounding fans and the other AL teams. Borowy‚ 10-5 with the Yankees‚ was put on waivers‚ apparently to solve a roster problem‚ and was passed over by all 7 AL teams who assumed the Yanks would pull him back if claimed. The Cubs snatch him for $97‚500‚ and he will help the Northsiders win the pennant with an 11-2 record‚ including 3 wins over the Cardinals down the stretch.
1933: Johnny Kucks, pitcher on 4 Yankee pennant winners and 2 championship clubs in the 1950s, is born. Happy 81st, Johnny!
1922: Elam Vangilder gives up a home run to Wally Pipp in the 4th but leads 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns’ starter and reliever Ray Kolp for 4 runs before the Brownies tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth is summoned from the bullpen, and offers New York pinch hitter Fred Hofman a pitch ‘that sailed a foot.’ When umpire Brick Owens exams the ball‚ he rules that it was doctored‚ earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Wayne Wright then comes on and serves up a game-winning home run to Wally Schang. The Yankee margin of victory is 6-5.
1921: In an exhibition game in Cincinnati‚ Babe Ruth is 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. One of his hits is a homer to dead center‚ the first ball ever to clear the center field wall at Crosley Field. In his next at bat‚ Ruth hits an even longer smash that reaches the bleachers in straightaway center. The next hitter to clear the center field wall will be Ethan Allen in 1929. In his final at bat of the contest, Ruth strikes out on 3 change-ups against rookie Pete Donohue ‚ who is so excited he goes to the wrong bench. In the years to come, Donohue will often say that this was one of the most memorable moments of his life.
1905: Leo Durocher is born. Though ‘Leo the Lip’ achieved his most lasting renown (and his entry in to the Hall of Fame) as a manager, he began his playing career as a Yankee, and played a vital role in sustaining the Bronx Bombers’ pennant drive down the stretch in 1928.
The red-letter day ~
1928: In the opening game of a doubleheader with the Tigers, Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel hits for the cycle, and becomes the only man in AL history thus far to do so three times in his career. (Only Babe Herman has equaled the mark in the NL.) Detroit rookie righthander Vic Sorrell and the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt are tied at 1-1 after 11. 12 hits and 2 walks in the 12th‚ all off Sorrell‚ score 11 New York runs to set an MLB record for the biggest extra-inning storm ever for the frame (the same two combined for 11 runs in the 12th inning on May 14‚ 1923: NY-8‚ Det-3‚ which is a record for 2 teams). Detroit take the nitecap‚ outslugging New York‚ 13-10. Harry Heilmann hits a grand slam‚ in the 2nd‚ and adds a triple and single to drive in 8 runs. Earl Whitehill is the winner‚ though reliever Elam Vangilder belts a homer. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1928/B07261DET1928.htm
On other 26ths of July…
2008: At Fenway, Andy Pettitte gets the start and goes six strong innings before handing things over to the bullpen. Robinson Cano’s 3 RBI on 3 hits pace the visitors’ offense as the Yankees roll 10-3. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2008/B07260BOS2008.htm
2005: Randy Johnson has one of his finest starts as a Yankee in a 4-0 win over Minnesota at the Stadium, striking out 11 while allowing only two hits over eight innings. A-Rod’s leadoff second-inning home run provides all the offense that will be needed.
1998: Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada both deliver 2-run homers, helping to back David Wells to a 6-3 win over the White S0x.
1996: The Yankees unleash a 21-hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals 15-1. This is the most hits New York have collected in 9 innings since August 25‚ 1984‚ when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key (below) is the easy winner‚ giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly‚ who had sat out the first half of the season recovering from surgery‚ makes his debut and promptly pulls a hamstring.
1987: Catfish Hunter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1977: The Yankees open their final series of the year with Baltimore by tying the O’s at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson two-run pinch homer in the 9th. Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th with a solo homer for the walkoff win.
1967: After winning the opening game of a doubleheader with the Twins at the Stadium 6-1‚ the Yankees play their second 18-inning game this year in the nitecap, losing this one 3-2 to Minnesota. Rod Carew walks‚ steals second, continues to third on catcher Russ Gibbs’ errant throw‚ and scores on Rich Rollins’ single. Al Worthington’s win over Thad Tillotson takes 4 hours and 20 minutes.
1961: Johnny Blanchard ties a Major League record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in 4 at bats over 3 games. He drives in 4 of the Yankee runs in a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at the Stadium. New York manage just 6 hits, but 4 are homers‚ including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s first-inning shot. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats‚ the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 trips to the plate.
1957: Mickey Mantle hits his 200th career homer, off Jim Bunning. The shot comes with the Yankees trailing in the bottom of the 9th, but the Bombers come up short, 3-2. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1957/B07260NYA1957.htm
1955: The Yankees release pitcher Ted Gray, who will be signed by Baltimore, who will be signed by Baltimore‚ his 4th AL team this year. Only 2 other players have played for 4 AL teams in one s season.
1953: At Briggs Stadium‚ the crowd of 49‚717 watch the Tigers and the Yankees split a doubleheader, as well as a game 1 fight between Billy Martin and Detroit’s Matt Batts. The Tigers prevail in the lidlifter 5-3, and then the Yanks bounce back and then some to roll 14-4 in the second contest. Mickey Mantle connects for two homers‚ reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nitecap.
1952: Mickey Mantle supplies the Yankee fire power again‚ hitting a grand slam – the first of his career – into the upper deck in left center at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray, but New York lose 10-6 in 11 innings. Steve Souchock comes up with the key blow for the Bengals, delivering a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue takes the loss for the Bombers.
1948: Babe Ruth makes his last public appearance‚ at the New York premiere of the film ‘The Babe Ruth Story’. He will die 3 weeks later.
1941: The Yankees roll over the White Sox 11-3‚ collecting 14 hits. But Sox reliever Johnny Hallett strikes out Joe DiMaggio in the 6th‚ the first K for the Yankee Clipper since June 8.
1940: Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat‚ knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2 home runs‚ one a grand slam off Pete Appleton. The 6 RBI by a pitcher ties the Major League record held by George Uhle, Wes Ferrell, and Appleton himself. Joe Gordon also goes long, his 7th homer in 8 games. Tonight’s game was the last night game for the Yankees this year: their record after dark is 3-2.
1939: At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees score in all 8 innings to beat the Browns 14-1. Bill Dickey leads the 20-hit attack by slamming three straight homers. Red Ruffing coasts to the win‚ scattering St. Louis safeties.
1936: Umpire Bill Summers (below) is forced out of the game after he is hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50‚000 at Comiskey Park. The throng are upset with an out call at first on Ray Radcliff in the 8th inning of the second game of a doubleheader with the Yankees. Judge Landis‚ on hand to watch the game‚ offers a $5‚000 reward over the PA system for the culprit‚ but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through a megaphone from the pitcher’s mound. The Yanks sweep the pair from the Sox‚ 12-3 and 11-8 (in 11 innings). Lou Gehrig hits his 29th with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap‚ Gehrig adds another homer‚ while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home 4 runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit‚ a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 1/2 games. Landis will state tomorrow that he is considering a ruling that all beverages at ballparks henceforth be served in paper cups.
1933: Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the second game of a doubleheader‚ a 9-4 loss to Boston. Home plate arbiter Bill Summers tosses him in the 4th for excessively heckling the umps. Had it been the first game‚ Lou’s consecutive-game streak would have ended. New York win the first game‚ 2-0
1931: The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2nd game 22-5 with an MLB record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway, who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd‚ is shelled in the debacle‚ the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago win the opener‚ 5-4‚ despite collecting just 5 hits off Hank Johnson. One of the hits is a hiomer by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning‚ his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year‚ a club mark not topped until another first baseman, Frank ‘Big Hurt’ Thomas‚ does it in 1991.
1924: At Chicago‚ Babe Ruth strikes out with the bases loaded in the 9th‚ then belts the game-winning home run in the 14th‚ off Sarge Connolly, to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Sox.
1922: A western road trip gets off to a bad start for the Yankees as tempers flare in the dugout at St. Louis. First, fisticuffs break out between Bob Meusel and Wally Schang (below); no sooner have teammates separated them than Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp have a punchup of their own. The players then take out their frustrations on the Browns, beating them 11-6. Ruth bangs two homers‚ Pipp adds another‚ and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.
1920: Caution pays… In Boston, Sad Sam Jones (below) walks Babe Ruth four times (three of them intentionally) and fires a three hitter at the rest of the Yankee lineup as the Red Sox roll 9-0.
1907: Cleveland win a pair over the New York Highlanders‚ 7-5 and 8-3‚ to move a half game behind the league-leading Chicago White Sox. The Sox lose today‚ 4-3 to the A’s. The Highlanders’ Hal Chase (below) has his 33-game hit streak stopped in game one. It began on June 24. It will be the longest in franchise history until Joe DiMaggio’s string in 1941.
2011: The Yankees extend the Mariners’ franchise-worst losing streak to 16 games with a 10-3 win in New York. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixera homer and have three RBI each.
2009: The Yankees go into action at the Stadium against the A’s riding an 8-game winning streak, and they finally edge ahead of the guests 1-0 in the 6th when Brett Gardner triples in Derek Jeter. The hitherto stingy Andy Pettitte, however, surrenders six hits and a walk to the next nine batters, and the Yanks fall 6-4 despite back-to-back homers by Jeter and Mark Teixeira in the eighth.
1998: Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton makes his first appearance at the Stadium since 1970, for Old-timers Day, and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing ‘Ball Four‚’ which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Times suggesting it.
1995: Yankees’ second baseman Randy Velarde collects 5 hits in New York’s 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde’s safeties include a homer and 4 singles.
1991: A jersey once worn by Mickey Mantle is sold for $71‚500 at an auction in Manhattan.
1967: At the Stadium‚ AL home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1-0 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until 2 outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle launches a ball over the 457 ft.in right center to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 1-1 and will be replayed on August 18. New York will win the replay‚ 1-0.
1961: Roger Maris hits 4 homers‚ tying the AL record for a doubleheader as New York beat Chicago 5-1 and 12-0. Mickey Mantle also homers off Frank Baumann in the first game. He ends the day with 38 HRs to Maris’ 40.
1959:In action against Detroit‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron, reaching for a wide throw, collides with Tiger runner Coot Veale. Skowron’s arm is fractured in two places and he will be out for the rest of the season. Marv Throneberry will fill in at first. The Yanks win‚ 9-8‚ when Yogi Berra homers in the 9th with Mickey Mantle aboard. Prior to Yogi’s blast, Bobby Richardson and Fritz Brickell hit their first ML homers for NY. Berra’s shot erases 5 Yankee errors‚ 3 by third baseman Hector Lopez.
1948: In the tight 4-team AL race‚ Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep over the White Sox, 5-3 and 7-3. DiMag is 3-for-3 in game 1 to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nitecap. His 3 RBIs in game 2 gives him an AL-high 86.
1943: At the Stadium‚ the second game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that ‘Mussolini has resigned.’ The crowd cheer wildly. On the field, the Yanks take game 2 by a 6-3 score after losing the opener‚ 2-1.
1939: Unbeaten rookie Atley Donald wins his 12th in a row for the Yankees‚ beating the visiting Browns 5-1. Joe DiMaggio’s home run off Brownie southpaw Howard Mills is the big blow‚ as the ball travels an estimated 450 feet into the rear section of the left field bleachers. Only Hank Greenberg‚ last year‚ has reached those distant seats in 16 years. Red Rolfe also homers to back Atlee’s five-hit victory.
1937: A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50‚000 as the Yankees come to town.New York win the opener 12-11‚ on a Joe DiMaggio home run and two blasts by Bill Dickey (below). Chicago overcome two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win‚ 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.
1930: The third-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers 14-7. Detroit take the early lead‚ knocking out Ed Wells in the first inning with five runs‚ but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5-4. Lou Gehrig adds a single‚ triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.
1928: Last-place Detroit sweep a pair from the stumbling Yankees‚ winning 3-2 and 10-7. George Pipgras blows the lead in the opener to lose to Elam Vangilder. The Tigers then run wild in the nitecap win behind starter George Smith‚ who picks up his only victory of the year. For the second time in his career‚ Detroit’s Jackie Tavener (below) steals second, third and home in the same game‚ swiping the 3 in the 4th inning. His steal of home is on the front end of a successful double steal‚ with Larry Woodall taking second. Tavener and Ty Cobb are the only AL players to accomplish this feat more than once. Hank Johnson takes the loss for New York.
1923: Bob Shawkey stops the A’s‚ 5-4‚ to give the Yanks their 2nd win in a row in Philadelphia. Babe Ruth is given 3 intentional passes to bring his walks total for the season to 100.
1920: Carl Mays (15-7) beats Boston‚ 8-2‚ for his 8th straight win. Babe Ruth bangs his 35th homer of the year‚ off Waite Hoyt, and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with Stuffy McInnis. Del Pratt (below)‚ with 3 hits on the day‚ lines into the TP.
1919: At Fenway, the Yankees light up Babe Ruth for 13 hits without a strikeout, but still lose to the Red Sox ace and his mates 8-6.
1908: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3-2 in the 8th‚ Detroit score 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Cluade Rossman due up next, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld shifts righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to first base, and replaces him with first sacker Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb‚ then goes back to first and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is the only pitching appearance of Chase’s career, as the Tigers win 5-3.
1904 Before 1‚522 at Hilltop Park, newly acquired veteran Al Orth makes his first start for the Highlanders and matches zeroes with Chicago’s Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th, Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler’s bouncer through the infield.
The red-letter day ~
1983: The ‘Pine Tar Game’.
With 2 outs in the 9th inning at the Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin‚ at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett’s bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result‚ Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball‚ giving New York a 4-3 victory. Brett goes ballistic, and the Royals immediately file a protest with AL President Lee MacPhail.
On other 24ths of July…
2012: Seattle’s Felix Hernandez breaks Alex Rodriguez’s hand with a pitch in the 8th inning of a 4-2 win over the Yankees. The Yanks make history by becoming the first team since the 1927 Philadelphia A’s to have three players with 2,500+ career hits in the starting lineup. New York uses A-Rod, Derek Jeter and the newly-acquired Ichiro Suzuki to pull that off.
2004: One of the more eventful contests in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at Fenway. The game almost does not take place at all, as there is a delay of nearly one hour getting the field ready. By the time the umpiring crew agree that the game should go on, several Yankee players have showered and left the park. Tempers flare in the top of the 3rd when A-Rod is struck on the elbow by a pitch from Boston starter Bronson Arroyo. A-Rod yells at Arroyo; when catcher Jason Varitek intervenes, Rodriguez turns on him, and Varitek attacks him without removing his mask. Both benches clear, then, and in the melee that follows, several players on both sides sustain minor cuts and bruises. After order is restored, A-Rod, Varitek, New York’s Kenny Lofton and Boston’s Gabe Kapler are all ejected. The game ends when Bill Mueller delivers a three-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 Red Sox win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball and goes 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. His replacement, Ramiro Mendoza, will give up an 8th inning moon shot to Detroit’s Juan Encarnacion. The blast lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left center, and is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodelled in the mid-’70s. Andy gets the 7-4 win, and Mariano Rivera the save.
1999: The Yankees pound the Indians 21-1. The Bronx Bomber attack is led by Chili Davis, who bangs out 5 hits‚ including a double and homer‚ while driving home 6 runs.
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s 2-run blast in the 6th propels the Yankees and Andy Pettitte to a 5-4 win over the White Sox at the Stadium.
1996: Andy Pettitte gives up 9 hits in six innings of work, but holds the Rangers to only 2 runs. A bases-loaded three-run double in 5th inning off the bat of Tino Martinez is the margin of victory as the Yanks roll 4-2 at home, and Andy goes to 15-5.
1992: Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that George Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1‚ 1993.
1991: In a game against the Mariners‚ the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 4th‚ Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3rd and home‚ but Maas scores when third baseman Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the 1st base line into foul territory where it is recovered by catcher Dave Cochrane. Cochrane fires home off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs.
1978: In Kansas City‚ a distraught Billy Martin reads a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Dick Howser will fill in that night as the Yanks lose 5-2.
1966: The Yankees beat the Angels 9-1 in game one of a doubleheader, and Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days. The roundtripper‚ his 493rd‚ ties him with Gehrig for 6th place on the all-time list. The Yanks take the second contest as well, 4-1.
1961: 50‚000 fans on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays. Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 4-1 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.
1958: It’s Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle today hitting back-to-back shots‚ in the 9th‚ as New York outhit Detroit for a 10-7 win. Paul Foytack comes on in releif today. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-4 as the Yanks complete a 3-game sweep of the Tigers.
1954: Repeating hsi recent experiment, Casey Stengel pulls Phil Rizzuto in the 8th for a pinch hitter and brings in Mickey Mantle to play shortstop. Mantle plays short with Willie Miranda at second against lefthanded hitters. Against righties‚ Miranda and Mantle switch positions. But Cleveland win 5-4 on Larry Doby’s 2-run homer in the 10th‚ his 3rd homer in 2 days at Yankee Stadium. Sam Dengte fills in at short for George Strickland‚ sidelined with a broken jaw. The Tribe go 2 1/2 games up on New York.
1940: The Yankees (6) and Browns (5) tie a Major League record for most pitchers in a 9-inning game. The Browns pound out a 14-12 win as Walt Judnich hits a home run‚ 2 doubles and 2 singles. He had 2 homers in yesterday’s win over New York. The Yanks counter with homers by Joe DiMaggio‚ Bill Dickey‚ Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich.
1934: In a 4-2 loss to the Browns‚ Yankee star center fielder Earle Combs crashes into the wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York summon George Selkirk as a replacement, but learn he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th‚ but will come back to play 89 games next season.
1929: The Yanks edge the Tigers‚ 7-5‚ behind the hitting of rookie Bill Dickey. The new starting catcher has 4 hits‚ including a home run, to back Herb Pennock’s pitching.
1926: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on a double steal with the Babe in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.
1923: In Philadelphia‚ Yankee pitcher Carl Mays (below) beats the Athletics‚ 9-2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson, who won 24 straight against the Phillies). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30‚ 1918‚ while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street.
1920: After losing 3 in a row‚ Cleveland salvage a win against New York by scoring 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 4-2. Both Yankee runs come on solo homers, by Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The Babe, who hit his 34th home run to give the Yanks a temporary 2-1 lead‚ moves to first base in the 8th to take over for Wally Pipp who was ejected for arguing a called third strike. Ruth’s high throw on a grounder allows Cleveland’s Ray Chapman to reach base safely‚ and he and Joe Wood score on a Larry Gardner triple that eludes Meusel. Jim Bagby is the winner. Cleveland leave New York with a slim lead over the Yanks.
1919: At Fenway‚ Babe Ruth is intentionally walked twice by Yankee hurler Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th‚ with a one run lead,he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Ruth, who hits his 15th homer. The Sox win‚ 4-2.
The red-letter day ~
1957: Before 42,422 at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle‚ the first in the AL since 1952‚ and adds a stolen base‚ against Chicago’s Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10-6. Bobby Murcer will be the next Yankee to cycle, in 1972.
On other 23rds of July…
2012: The Seattle Mariners send outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to New York in exchange for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Sanny Farquhar. Hours later, Ichiro singles off Kevin Millwood in his first at-bat as a Yankee in a 4-1 win over his former team. Hiroki Kuroda is the winner while Alex Rodriguez hits his 15th homer of the season.
2003: The Yankees top the Orioles 4-2‚ as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).
2001: Tino Martinez stroked his 250th career home run and Roger Clemens climbed past Tom Seaver on the all-time strike-out list in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Stadium.
1978: Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 3-1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Jackson’s relationship with George Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar, the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job.
1977: Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give Ron Guidry a 3-1 victory over the Brewers. The Yankees now move with 2 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox.
1966: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks celebrate Old-timers’ Day but lose to the Angels‚ 7-6‚ despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam‚ off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey’s career 9th. He ties Babe Ruth – not in home runs‚ but in games played as a Yankee.
1958: In Detroit‚ the Yankees finally defeat Frank Lary, beating up on the Tigers 16-4. It’s their first win in ’58 against Lary after 5 losses. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle hit back-to-back homers in the 9th off reliever Bill Fischer. Art Ditmar has 3 hits and wins his 6th against a loss.
1955: In the 9th inning at Kansas City‚ Yankee pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner, and teammate Elston Howard immediately follows with a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The two pinch homers in the same inning by teammates is a first in major league history. Howard’s blast ties the game, but the A’s win in 11 innings, 8-7.
1933: The Yanks sweep a pair from Cleveland by identical 8-1 scores. The Yankees have now played 301 games without being shutout.
The 1933 Yankees
1928: In Boston‚ the Yanks lose to the Red Sox‚ 8-3‚ despite Babe Ruth’s 40th homer. The Babe’s shot Ruth’s homer clears the left-centerfield wall‚ some 450 feet from home plate‚ and is the first ball to clear that part of Fenway. Ruth‚ who adds a double against Danny MacFayden is now 28 games ahead of last year’s home run pace. Al Shealy takes the loss for New York.
1925: Lou Gehrig hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams as the Yankees beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators‚ 11-7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that left fielder Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul‚ but it drops fair and bounds into the seats scoring Aaron Ward‚ Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs‚ and Gehrig also hits a 2-run blast in the 5th.
1922: The Yankees start planning for the World Series by acquiring third baseman Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland October hero Elmer Smith from Boston‚ giving up outfielder Elmer Miller‚ shortstop Chick Fewster‚ utility infielder John Mitchell and‚ later‚ pitcher Lefty O’Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to the imposition of the June 15th non-waiver trade deadline.
1903: The opener of the New York-Boston doubleheader at Hilltop Park pits Jack Chesbro against Cy Young. The Beantown Americans touch up the Highlander ace early, and Young cruises to a 6-1 victory in only 90 minutes. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nitecap 4-2.
2012: The A’s complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees at the Coliseum, a first since the team moved to Oakland in 1968. The win comes in the 12th inning as Coco Crisp singles in Derek Norris with two outs. It comes after the A’s spot the Yanks a 4-0 lead after 4 innings, then come back for the 5-4 win.
2011: The Yankees score 9 runs in the 3rd inning, on their way to an emphatic 17-7 win over the Athletics. Nick Swisher hits a three-run homer and Mark Teixera connects for a grand slam during the big 3rd inning.
2007: The Bombers erupt with a 10-run fourth inning on their way to a 21-4 thrashing of Tampa Bay. drubbing. Hideki Matsui goes 5-for-6 with a home run, Bobby Abreu homers and collects three other hits, good for four RBI. A-Rod goes long and knocks in three, Robbie Cano clears one fence in four hits for three RBI, and last but not least, Shelley Duncan hits the second and third home runs of his three-day-old Major League career.
2004: Ruben Sierra (below) hits a 9th-inning walkoff homer to break a scoreless tie with the Blue Jays. Mariano Rivera gets the 1-0 win.
2003: The Yankees acquire veteran pitcher Jesse Orosco from the Padres for a player to be named later.
1999: I get by with a little help from my friends… Andy Pettitte gets a 5-4 victory over the Devil Rays at the Stadium, but needs a hand from Ramiro Mendoza. After Pettitte walks the first two batters leading off the 7th, Mike Stanton comes in as a replacement, but proves equally ineffective, surrendering two base hits and uncorking a wild pitch, and allowing the Rays to pull within one with the bases loaded. Mendoza then strikes out pinch-hitter Paul Sorrento to quell the uprising. Mariano Rivera closes out the game, recording his 26th save of the year.
1998: The Yanks declaw the Tigers 13-2 to run their record to 71-25‚ a ML record winning percentage for that number of games.
1989: The Yankees trade third baseman Mike Pagliarulo and pitcher Don Schulze to San Diego for pitchers Walt Terrell and Fred Toliver. Toliver won’t report to New York until September 27 and Terrell will sign with the Pirates on November 29.
1960: The Yankees purchase 33-year-old pitcher Luis Arroyo from Jersey City of the IL. He will be a key to New York’s 1960 pennant drive, and a star in 1961.
1956: Batting against the ‘Mantle Shift’ In the second game of a twinbill at Kansas City, Mickey beats out a bunt in the 6th‚ then clouts a 2-run homer in the 7th. But Kansas City top New York‚ 7-4.
1954: In today’s doubleheader with the White Sox‚ Casey Stengel does some moving and shaking in an effort to get more power in the Yankee lineup as they chase the first-place Indians. After 4 pinch hitters‚ Phil Rizzuto plays second base, and Mickey Mantle comes in to play shortstop. The Mick ties the opener 3-3 in the 8th‚ then solos in the 10th with his 20th homer. The Yankees easily win the nitecap‚ 11-1‚ behind Harry Byrd’s 5-hitter. Chicago fall 6 1/2 games in back of the Indians‚ who sweep 2 from Boston‚ while New York is just a half game behind the Tribe.
Off the field, the Yanks sign Ralph Branca as a free agent. The goat of the ‘Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff’ will make 5 appearances in pinstripes over the course of the rest of the season before being released.
1948: The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the decision over Bob Feller, 6-5. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam is the big blow for the Bombers: he has hit 4 homers and a triple in Feller’s 4 starts against New York. His 8 RBIs in the 3 games with Cleveland give him a league-leading 82.
1944: Sparky Lyle, great Yankee reliever of the ’70s, is born. Happy 70th, Sparky!
1931: In twinbill action at Detroit‚ the Tigers win 3-2 over the Yankees in game 1. In game 2‚ Babe Ruth homers in the 1st off Tommy Bridges, then he and Lou Gehrig both go long in the 6th off Charles Sullivan as New York win‚ 9-5. Tony Lazzeri triples with the sacks full to help Babe & Lou.
1925: The Yankees buy shortstop Leo Durocher from Hartford of the Eastern League.
1920: The Yanks move to within seven percentage points of the Indians by tripping up the Tribe 11-3 in 7 innings. The Yanks put it away early and then try and speed play to beat the rain: Babe Ruth doubles in the 4th and is out strolling to third‚ Bob Meusel does the same‚ and Ping Bodie follows with a single-turned-double when Speaker doesn’t throw to second. The Indians also Bodie alone as he goes to third on a passed ball and walks home to score. With the crowd booing‚ Aaron Ward walks and then Muddy Ruel waves at three to end the 4th inning. Cleveland gs down in the 5th‚ and the two teams play normally until the heavens open up in the 7th. Rip Collins is the winner over Stan Coveleski.
2009: Sergio Mitre earns his first win since 2007, as the Yankees beat Baltimore 6-4. Mitre underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008, then was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance; he allows 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first start after being called up from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured CFhien-Ming Wang. A two-run homer by Robinson Cano off Rich Hill and a two-run single by Alex Rodriguez are the big blows for the Bronx Bombers. Combined with Boston’s 4-2 loss at Texas, the win gives the Yankees sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time this season.
2006: The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees 7-3. A-Rod hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.
2000: The Yankees obtain Glenallen Hill (below) from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena.
1997: Four days after the birth of his second child‚ Yankee outfielder Mark Whiten (shown below during his tenure with Toronto) is arrested in Milwaukee and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman.
1988: One of the less successful trades in recent Yankee history ~ and one made even more notorious by the writers of ‘Seinfeld’ – is completed, as young slugger Jay Buhner is shipped to Seattle for Ken Phelps.
1980: C.C. Sabathia is born. Happy 34th to our hefty lefty!
1977: In the opening game of a doubleheader with the Brewers, Catfish Hunter tosses a 7-0 shutout, snapping a3-game Yankee losing streak. Milwaukee come back in the nitecap to win‚ 5-4 in 10 innings.
1976: Hall of Famer Earle Combs, starting center fielder for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 77.
1972: The Yankees sweep the Angels, winning 6-0 and 3-0, with Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre applying the whitewash.
1969: A gala All-Star Game banquet in Washington is one of baseball’s great events. An all-time team and all-time living team is announced. Babe Ruth is selected Greatest All-Time Player‚ and Joe DiMaggio Greatest Living Player. (DiMaggio will insist on being introduced by this title at all his public appearances until his death).
1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris slam back-to-back homers in the first inning for New York‚ but it takes a 2-out‚ 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard to finally subdue the Red Sox‚ 11-8 at Fenway. The pinch slam is the AL’s 6th of the season‚ a new record.
1957: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees split a pair‚ winning the opener and losing the nitecap by identical 7-4 scores. Mickey Mantle pops out in the 7th of the second contest after reaching base 10 straight times. He has a single‚ walk and homer off Ray Narleski in game 2‚ after collecting a single and four walks in the opener. He concluded yesterday’s game with two walks.
1945: The boys from the Bronx bomb the White Sox into 6th place‚ 12-3‚ with the help of three homers. Nick Etten delivers a grand slam, and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny go long as well. Ernie Bonham wins his seclond of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1st inning.
1930: Babe Ruth cracks homer no. 35 of the campaign thus far‚ Lou Gehrig belts his 28th – his third in two games – and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7-3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.
1929: Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth‚ still nursing a leg injury‚ contributes a pinch single. Lou Gehrig, in an uncharacteristic display of on-field temper, is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a called third strike‚ and Miller Huggins quickly follows.
1921: The Indians bang out 9 doubles‚ and the Yankees 7 for an AL record 16 in Cleveland’s 17-8 win. The Indians‚ who cling to a 2-game lead‚ are led by Joe Sewell’s 5 hits. Two of the New Yorkers’ two-baggers are delivered by Roger Peckinpaugh.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, the first place Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays (below). Wilting in the 9th‚ Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the bases loaded to end the game and New York hold on to win‚ 4-3. Bob Meusel and Wally Pipp homer for New York‚ while Babe Ruth is hitless for the second game in a row.
2012: Joe DiMaggio is one of four former major leaguers enshrined in a new series of stamps issued by the US Postal Service (Ted Williams, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell are the others). The issuance ceremonies are held in Cooperstown as part of the Hall’s annual induction week-end.
2009: The Yankees win their third straight home game, and their third straight by a 2-1 score. Andy Pettitte is on top of his game, giving up just about nothing once Baltimore’s Nick Markakis homers off him in the first. Eric Hinske levels matters with a second-inning shot off David Hernandez. After Melky Cabrera makes a potentially game-saving catch off Aubrey Huff in center field in the top of the ninth, Alfredo Aceves notches one of his 10 season wins when Hideki Matsui delivers the walkoff home run.
2008: Another first-rate outing from Mr. Pettitte, as Dandy Andy outduels Oakland’s Justin Duscherer,allowing just one run on four hits through eight, walking none and striking out nine in the process. An A-Rod sac fly gets Andy an early lead, but once the A’s tie it in the sixth, Jason Giambi unties it with a long drive to right for the game winner.
1998: The Tigers take the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4-3 score in 17 innings. The Bombers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score, with Hideki Irabu getting the win. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.
1987: Don Mattingly ties another ML record‚ this time in the field‚ as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Twins. Mattingly also ties a franchise record as well, since the last player to accomplish the feat was Hal Chase of the Highlanders in 1906.
1985: Scattering 7 hits‚ Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight‚ beating the Twins 8-3. Don Mattingly has a 2-run homer and a 2-run double for the Yanks.
1978: Ron Guidry, who lost his first game July 7‚ goes to 14-1 with a 4-hit shutout over the Twins. The Yankees win 4-0.
1965: Mel Stottlemyre becomes the first (and the only to date) American League pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam. The only other hurler to have accomplished the feat was Deacon Phillippe of the Pirates, in 1910. Stottlemyre’s bases-loaded drive in the 5th at the Stadium‚ off Bill Monbouquette‚ assures him of a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.
1962: Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Washington starter Steve Hamilton to propel New York to a 3-2 victory. The Mick goes 3-for-4 and his on-base percentage is now .516.
1960: At Municipal Stadium‚ with Cleveland in the lead 8-2‚ Mickey Mantle launches a Gary Bell pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in right, making him only the second player after Luke Easter to reach that spot. Cleveland hold on
for an 8-6 win.
1956: In a 6-2 Yankee win over the A’s, Whitey Ford ties the AL record by striking out 6 successive batters.
1951: The Yankees beat the Browns‚ 1-0‚ with Tom Morgan (below) besting Ned Garvere. 87 games into the season‚ the dust settles with New York, Boston, Cleveland‚ and Chicago all within a half-game of first place.
1944: In St. Louis‚ the Browns stretch their lead with a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard ejects Brownie hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for allegedly wetting the ball. The game is held up for 15 minutes as debris thrown onto the field from the stands is cleared away. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning‚ accusing the Yanks’ Hank Borowy of loading up a ball. Potter is banished for 10 days for ‘putting an illegal substance on the ball‚’ but will return to win 19 games for St. Louis.
1941: Joe DiMaggio collects 3 doubles and a homer as the Yankees go 17 innings with the Tigers before winning 12-6 at Detroit. Also going long are fellow outfielders Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich.
1937: At Sportsman’s Park‚ the Browns load the bases with no one out in the 10th inning against the Yankees‚ but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Rogers Hornsby grounds into a force at home‚ then Ethan Allen’s fly out results in a tag out at home. Joe DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year‚ and adds an assist from center field as the Yanks win it 5-4. DiMag has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games‚ and New York win 9-6. The twin losses give the Browns a season record of 25-52.
1920: With two outs in the 9th‚ the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees 7-5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth wallops his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game‚ 6-3‚ behind George Mogridge. The Babe goes hitless, but Wally Pipp (below) homers. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120‚000 for the four days.
1912:Ray Caldwell does double duty for the Highlanders. As a pinch runner in game one of a twinbill with Cleveland, he steals home for the walkoff 4-3 win, then pitches his club to a 4-0 victory in the second.
1904: The Highlanders trade pitchers ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al ‘the Curveless Wonder’ Orth (3-4). Orth (below) will regain his form in New York‚ going 11-6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.
2008: Confusion erupts in a New York-Penn League game between the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones. Switch-hitting Brooklyn DH Ralph Henriquez Jr. steps to the plate from the right side against Pat Venditte, the minor leagues’ first ambidextrous pitcher of the century. Henriquez then decides he will hit left-handed and Venditte promptly switches his glove to the right hand. Henriquez again calls time and switches sides. The shuffle continues several times before the umpires and managers decide that the batter must declare first from which side he will bat and that players can only switch once per at-bat. Venditte, throwing from the right side, winds up whiffing Henriquez on four pitches.
2007: Shelley Duncan hits his 25th homer for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to break Wendell Magee’s franchise record for home runs. Duncan will be called up to the majors and hit three homers in his first three days in big leagues.
2001: In action at Detroit, Andy Pettite is somewhat less than dandy, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits before giving way to the bullpen in the 4th. The Tigers go on to an 11-2 victory.
1990: By coming in for the save in a 2-1 victory over the Twins, Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as Yankee, breaking Whitey Ford’s record for mound appearances for the club.
1987: Texas hand the Yankees one of their worst defeats in franchise history, with a 20-3 thrashing. Steve Buechle has 2 homers to pace the offense. In the 9th inning‚ catcher New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks one but allows no runs. The only good news for the Bombers is that Don Mattingly sets an MLB record by getting an extra-base hit in his 10th straight game.
1979: Al Rosen resigns as Yankee club president after a year and a half on the job. The one-time Indian star’s tenure had been marred by continual disagreements with Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.
1975: The shape of things to come… Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose‚ 2-1.
1962: John W. Cox‚ owner and CEO of the General Packaging Company (who are the landlords of Yankee Stadium), donates the facility ‘lock‚ stock and barrel’ to Rice University‚ his alma mater. Cox has owned the Stadium since 1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the Stadium‚ while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice will relinquish ownership in 1971‚ when the city of New York will acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university $2.5 million as compensation
1961: Baseball commissioner Ford Frick‚ an old friend of Babe Ruth’s, announces that should Ruth’s record be beaten after 154 games‚ the record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling‚ Roger Maris replies‚ “A season is a season.”
1960: The Yankees outslug the Indians 13-11‚ behind the bat of Moose Skowron, Moose follows a Yogi Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11-8 lead. Skowron then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Roger Maris hits his 30th HR and Jimmy Piersall homers for the Tribe.
1959: Before 57‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting White Sox‚ winning the nitecap 6-4 on Mantle’s homer off Turk Lowin. In game 1‚ Yankee veteran Enos Slaughter (below) belts a pair of homers: at age 43‚ he is the oldest player this century to go long twice in one game. Carlton Fisk will top Slaughter in 1991.
1958: The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month‚ against the Athletics‚ but New York lose 6-4.
1950: In the first game of a doubleheader, Ed Lopat tosses a 2-hitter as the Yankees romp to a 16-1 win. The nitecap will be a closer affair, but New York still complete the sweep, winning 4-3.
Off the field, the Yankees sign their first black players, Elston Howard (shown below) and Frank Barnes. Obtained from the Kansas City Monarchs, both will be assigned to Muskegon of the Central League.
1940: The Yankee drive to salvage their season after a very slow start continues, as they roll over Cleveland 15-6. With Bill Dickey taking the day off, backup catcher Warren ‘Buddy’ Rosar hits for the cycle and Babe Dahlgren homers twice to lead the New York attack. Lefty Gomez and Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy combine for the win.
1937: Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for jumping the club. On the 13th‚ the Yanks had announced that Broaca had a torn ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot.
1928: Babe Ruth leads the way again‚ with a pair of 2-run homers‚ to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss‚ his 13th consecutive to New York in as many games over the past 2 seasons.
1904: Mark Koenig, the longest surviving member of the Murderers’ Row starting eight, is born.
1896: Bob Meusel, starting left fielder for the Murderers’ Row club in 1927, and the first Yankee to hit for the cycle twice, is born .
The red-letter days ~
1999: Don Larsen throws out the first pitch, with Yogi Berra as his catcher, in a ceremony prior to New York’s game against Montreal. The Yankees then defeat the Expos‚ 6-0‚ as David Cone caps an emotional day by hurling a perfect game. Cone fans 10 batters in the course of his gem in the Bronx.
1987: Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game‚ tying the ML
record set by Dale Long in 1956‚ but the Yankees lose to Texas 7-2. The streak will end tomorrow when Mattingly goes 2-for-4
but with no homers.
1923: Elmer Smith (shown below) turns the only unassisted double play by an outfielder in Yankee history. Patrolling right field in a game at Detroit, Smith snags a hit-and-run line drive by Del Pratt and sprints to first to double off Harry Heilmann, who had been running. It is the third outfield UADP of Smith’s career, putting him behind only Tris Speaker on the all-time list. He will add a 4th in 1925 when playing for the Reds.
On other 18ths of July…
2009: Justin Verlander of the Tigers goes up against CC Sabathia at the Stadium. Both hurlers go seven, and A-Rod’s leadoff roundtripper in the home half of the seventh is just the third hit that Verlander has given up. The Yanks reach him for another run on three more hits. Sabathia gets the win and, after future Yankee Marcus Thames reached Alfredo Aceves for a homer in the eighth, Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 save.
2005: At Americaquest Field‚ the Yankees edge the Rangers‚ 11-10‚ getting homers from Jorge Posada‚ Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield. Texas is paced by Alfonso Soriano who has 4 hits‚ including his 23rd HR‚ and 4 RBI.
1995: The White Sox blast Yankee pitcher Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell raises a middle finger to the fans as he is booed walking off the field after being lifted for Joe Ausanio.
1961: Mickey Mantle powers two homers‚ off rookie Joe McLain‚ to pace New York to a 5-3 win over the Senators. In pre-game ceremonies‚ Mantle teamed with New York Congressman Ed Dooley to win the homer-hitting contest against other Congressional-player duos.
1960: The Yanks score 5 runs in the 3rd off Dick Stigman, and Whitey Ford coasts to a complete game 9-2 victory over the Indians.
1956: Detroit sweep a doubleheader against the Yankees at the Stadium‚ winning 8-4 and 4-3. Kaline saves the nitecap game with a leaping catch of a Mickey Mantle drive in the 9th inning. Mantle had homered in the first game‚ off Paul Foytack.
1954: After winning 13 in a row‚ the Yankees lose the second game of a doubleheader to Detroit 8-6. They now trail Cleveland by a 1/2 game. After winning the opener‚ 6-0‚ behind Harry Byrd‚ the Yankees were in first place.
1947: Fred Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8-0‚ stopping the Bombers’ record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers‚ now 10 1/2 lengths back.
1940: Joe Torre is born. Happy 74th to our former skipper :-)
1937: In Cleveland‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks up a 1-1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller by connecting with a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a grand slam‚ his second in two weeks. The homer is also his league-leading 24th of the campaign. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches thrown‚ and takes his 4th straight loss. ‘Rapid Robert’ is pitching only on Sundays to lure big crowds‚ but will soon join the rotation every 5th day.
1934: An AL-record 22 players hit safely in Cleveland’s 15-14 win over New York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a line drive hit by Lou Gehrig and will be out for 10 days‚ the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez.
1933: The Yankees win their 9th straight and take the lead from the Senators‚ beating the White Sox 5-4. Johnny Allen gets the win from the Bombers, with Wilcy Moore coming in to get the final out.
1928: Babe Ruth delivers his 36th homer‚ off Ted Lyons with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning to give New York a 9-8
win over the visiting White Sox. Bibb Falk had levelled the match with a 3-run homer off Waite Hoyt in the 8th.