4/09 in Yankee History

1996: Before an estimated crowd of 50‚000
at Kansas City‚ the Yankees snowball the Royals‚ 7-3‚ behind Andy
Pettitte. The final tally is 7 runs‚ 10 hits‚ and 2 inches – of snow.



1989: Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base, though the Yankees fall 4-3 to the the Indians.


1981: Before 55‚123 at the Stadium‚ the Yankees gun down the Rangers‚
10-3. Bucky Dent and Bobby Murcer hit homers‚ with Randolph following
Murcer’s blow with a triple. Dave Winfield‚ in his New York debut‚ has
two hits and two walks‚ and Tommy John scatters 7 hits in 8 innings to
win over Jon Matlack.



1971: The A’s trade outfielder/first baseman Felipe Alou to the Yankees
for pitchers Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Klimkowski will come back
to the Yankees next year and Gardner will return in 6 weeks.

1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47‚878 fans for the opening of
Harris County Domed Stadium (better known as the Astrodome). The Astros
win an exhibition with the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings on a Nellie Fox
single. Mickey Mantle hits the first home run in the new park.


1963: In the Opener at Kansas City‚ Ralph Terry pitches a complete game
8-2 win for the Yankees. Led by Joe Pepitone’s two homers and a double‚
New York collect 13 hits. Elston Howard adds a homer off A’s starter
Diego Segui.



1953: In an exhibition game at Forbes Field‚ Mickey Mantle gets all of
a Bill MacDonald curve and hits it over the right field roof‚ joining
Babe Ruth and Ted Beard as the only hitters to accomplish that since
the upper deck was added in 1925. Ruth’s homer over the structure was
the 714th and last of his career.

1947: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends manager Leo Durocher of the
Brooklyn Dodgers for the entire season for incidents detrimental to
baseball. Larry MacPhail and the Dodger organization are fined $2‚000
each‚ and Yankee coach Charley Dressen is sent down for 30 days. A feud
involving Durocher‚ MacPhail‚ and Dodger officials rocked the training
season. The Yankees’ signing of Dressen and Red Corriden‚ longtime
Brooklyn coaches‚ charges of consorting with Cuban gamblers against
MacPhail‚ and charges and counter charges that Durocher had sought-or
been offered-the Yankee managerial post were included in the hearing
before Chandler.


1916: The Yankees turn down an offer by the Red Sox to trade Tris
Speaker for cash and Fritz Maisel. Boston will ultimately swap the star
outfielder, who did not take to the notion of his salary being cut‚ to
Cleveland, for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas and $50‚000. Speaker will hold
out for $10‚000 of the purchase price: Ban Johnson will finally
intervene and Speaker will collect.


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