4/10 in Yankee History
The red-letter days…
1998: The largest regular season crowd ever at the post-renovation
original Stadium (56,717) look on as Tino Martinez leads the Yankees to
an historic 17-13 win over the A’s. Martinez had 3 hits‚ including a
double and HR‚ 5 RBI‚ and 4 runs. The teams combine for a Yankee
Stadium record with 30 runs‚ topping the old record of 28 set on June
3‚ 1933. The Yankees’ 17 runs are the most in a home opener since 1955.
1913: President Woodrow Wilson‚ who receives a gold pass from Ban
Johnson‚ throws out the first ball at Washington’s home opener at
National Park against New York. Under new manager Frank Chance‚ the New
Yorkers are playing their first regular season game as Yankees.
New York starter George McConnell‚ 8-12 last year as a 35-year-old
rookie‚ allows just 6 hits but loses to Walter Johnson 2-1. Danny
Moeller drives in both Nat runs with a single. After giving up an
unearned run in the first‚ Johnson begins a string of shutout innings
that will reach a record 55 2/3 before the St. Louis Browns score in
the 4th on May 14th. Johnson scatters 8 hits today‚ including one by 1B
Charlie Sterrett. Regular first sacker Hal Chase‚ though left-handed‚
fills in at second base for injured player/manager Frank Chance.
On other 10ths of April…
1982: The Yankees trade relief pitcher Ron Davis and minor leaguers
Paul Boris and Greg Gagne to the Twins for veteran infielder Roy
Smalley. Gagne hit .270 and .297 over the past two seasons at
1980: At Arlington Stadium‚ Jon Matlack and Ron Guidry both pitch
shutout ball for 9 innings before being lifted. In the 12th‚ Goose
Gossage relieves with Mickey Rivers on 3rd and Richie Zisk at the
plate. His first pitch is wild, allowing Rivers to score the game’s
only run. Gossage also lost the ’78 Opener when Zisk took him deep in
the 9th. Each team manages just 4 hits in the contest with Bob Watson
and Bob Sundberg each collecting three of them
1969: Frank Howard bangs a pair of homers‚ giving him 4 in 3 games‚ in
the Senators 9-6 win over the Yankees. Fritz Peterson gives up 10 hits
and 6 runs in taking the loss. For the Yanks‚ Frank Fernandez hits a pair of
homers‚ one a grand slam.
1968: In New York‚ just 15‚744 Yankee faithful show up for the home opener with California. Poet Marianne Moore tosses out the
first ball and rookie catcher Frank Fernandez catches it.
then belts a home run off George Brunet for the margin of victory, as
Mel Stottlemyre gets the win‚ 1-0. Fernandez has one of three hits off
Brunet‚ while Stottlemyre allows just four hits. This is one of four
shutouts (out of ten games) pitched on Opening Day.
1963: The Yankees follow an 8-2 opening day victory yesterday with a
5-3 victory today at Kansas City. The 45*F weather takes its toll‚ as
Yankee starter Bill Stafford leaves in the 7th inning with a twinge in
his right arm‚ and will never be quite the same. Mickey Mantle homers
but pulls a muscle in his last at bat that he will re-injure on the
13th‚ sidelining him for 2 weeks.
1962: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle‚ Roger Maris‚ and Moose Skowron‚
the three Yankees who combined for 143 homers last season‚ hit Opening
Day blasts to propel New York to a come-from-behind 7-6 win over
Baltimore. Moose’s shot is a two-run job to dead center that he legs
out for an inside-the -park homer‚ while Mantle hits his in the 8th
inning to tie the game‚ Maris hits a 3-run shot in the 5th. Johnny
Temple‚ in his first game for the O’s‚ has three hits‚ including a
homer. Starters Billy Hoeft and Whitey Ford are gone after six innings‚
and the win goes to Ralph Terry‚ while Hal Brown takes the loss.
1946: Bob Watson, 1b-DH for the 1980-81 Yankees, and general manager of the team in 1996-97, is born. Happy 64th, Bob!
1940: In an exhibition game in Ashland‚ KY‚ the Yankees collect only 2
hits off Max Macon and Newt Kimball but beat the Dodgers‚ 7-6. The
scoring comes in the 4th on a Red Rolfe single‚ 4 walks‚ and 2 errors‚
and in the 6th on Babe Dahlgren’s solo home run. The Yanks do lose Jake
Powell‚ who suffers a cerebral concussion in an outfield collision.
Powell will play just 12 games this season.
1934: Author and historian David Halberstam is born. Halberstam was
also a Yankee fan who penned excellent accounts of the 1949 pennant
race (‘Summer of ’49) and the 1964 World Series (October, 1964). He
died in 2007, age 73.
1928: The Brooklyn Robins beat the Yankees‚ 7-2‚ to earn a split in
their 4 game series. The World Champions end their exhibition season
with a 6-14 record‚ going 3-10 against major-league competition.