4/24 in Yankee History
The red-letter day-
1917: In front of 3‚219 fans‚ Yankee lefty George Mogridge pitches
a no-hitter against the Red Sox, the second no-no in franchise history,
and the first at Fenway Park, for a 2-1 New York win.
It is the second
of what will be an AL record five no-hitters in a season. The Yankees
score on 2 walks‚ an error‚ and a sacrifice fly off Dutch Leonard. This
will be the last no-hitter by a Yankee lefty until Dave Righetti’s in
On other 24ths of April…
2003: The Angels hand Andy Pettitte and the Yankees a 6-2 loss. It is
the first defeat of the year for a NY starting pitcher‚ ending their
ML-record streak of starters going 16-0 to begin the season.
2001: The American League celebrates its 100th anniversary.
1998: Yankee Stadium is cleared to reopen‚ so a series that was
originally scheduled to be in Detroit opens in New York. Darryl
Strawberry homers to complete a 4-run rally in the 1st in the Yankees
8-4 win. David Cone earns the win‚ his 150th‚ over Greg Keagle. It is
also Cone’s 11th consecutive win over Detroit.
1995: Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 6 months of home confinement on
tax evasion charges. He must also pay the government $350‚000 in back
1992: Former Yankees vice president Leonard Kleinman drops his $30
million lawsuit against baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. The suit had
been one of the obstacles standing in the way of George Steinbrenner’s
reinstatement with the Yankees.
1962: Mets manager and former Yankee skipper Casey Stengel is fined
$500 by Commissioner Ford Frick for allowing his picture to appear in a
1960: The Yankees score 8 runs against the Orioles before the first out
is made‚ tying an AL record set by Cleveland July 6‚ 1954‚ also against
Baltimore. The Orioles respond with grand slams by Albie Pearson and
Billy Klaus in the 8th and 9th‚ but New York hold on for a 15-9
1957: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle drills an 8th inning solo shot off
Baltimore’s Connie Johnson to give the Yankees a 3-2 win. He scored
earlier on a Yogi Berra homer
1940: At Philadelphia‚ the Yankees whip the A’s‚ 9-4‚ behind Red
Ruffing. Master deceiver Frankie Crosetti pulls off his sixth
successful hidden ball trick in the majors when he nabs the A’s Al
1938: Goose Goslin’s pinch-hit homer is the fifth of his career‚ for a new AL record‚ but the Yankees beat the Senators 4-3.
1937: In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees tie the Sox on Tony
Lazzeri’s 8th inning homer‚ then score a pair in the 10th on George
Selkirk’s triple. Twinkletoes is out trying to swipe home. The Sox come
back for a run in the 10th‚ but the Yankees win‚ 6-5.
1923: President Warren G. Harding attends the game at Yankee Stadium
and sees Babe Ruth hit a HR in a 4-0 win over the Senators‚ as Sad Sam
Jones pitches the first shutout in the new park.
1920: The Yankees Carl Mays pitches 10 innings in beating the
Philadelphia Athletics‚ 3-2. Mays allows 6 hits in winning his 6th
straight over the Mackmen.
1909: Sidelined much of April with the flu‚ Walter Johnson makes his
1st appearance of the year. He should’ve stood in bed as the
Highlanders rough him up for 6 runs before he’s lifted in the 3rd.
Behind Joe Lake‚ New York roll to a 17-0 win over Washington‚ a club
record shutout loss for the Nationals. It will be tied by New York in