4/25 in Yankee History
2001: Babe Ruth’s all-time record for walks falls to San Diego’s Rickey
Henderson, who draws a free pass in the 9th inning from Philadelphia’s
Jose Mesa for the 2‚063rd of his career.The Phillies defeat the Padres‚
1997: The White Sox belt the Yankees‚ 9-3‚ scoring 4 runs off reliever
David Weathers in a third of an inning. Weathers‚ with 7 blown saves‚
will be ‘designated for reassignment’ tomorrow.
1982: All of 14 games into the season‚ George Steinbrenner fires manager
Bob Lemon and replaces him with Gene Michael‚ the man Lemon had
replaced the previous September
1980: Making his first appearance in Minnesota since his fight with a
marshmallow salesman there the previous autumn‚ on-again off-again
Yankee skipper and now A’s manager Billy Martin has to be restrained by
umpires from attacking a fan who was pelting him with marshmallows
during the Twins’ 10-3 victory.
1967: Whitey Ford beats the White Sox 11-2 at the Stadium, giving up 8
hits to go 2-1 on the season. It will be his last major league victory.
1933: Russ van Atta makes a spectacular debut in the Yankees’ 16-0
pasting of the eventual AL pennant-winning Senators‚ getting 4 hits
while pitching a 5-hit shutout.
Future Yankees pilot Casey Stengel is
the only other player to have made his major league debut with 4 hits.
Van Atta will post a 12-4 record for the season‚ bat .283‚ but will
injure his left index finger in December while rescuing a cocker spaniel
from a house fire. His only career shutout is today. The game is marred
by a 20-minute bench-clearing free-for-all in the 4th inning started
when Ben Chapman slides into second and spikes second baseman Buddy
Myer. Myer invited the spiking by deliberately stepping on Lou Gehrig’s
foot at first a few days earlier. Chapman‚ Myer‚ and Earl Whitehill are
suspended 5 days and fined $100 each.
1931: With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th‚ Boston’s Urbane Pickering
swipes home with the winning run against the Yankees to give the Red Sox
a 5-4 victory. Playing without Babe Ruth‚ the Yanks manage just 6 hits‚
3 by Lou Gehrig.
1921: In New York‚ Washington’s Walter Johnson survives a first inning
solo shot by Babe Ruth to top Carl Mays‚ 5-3‚ for his 307th career win‚
breaking Eddie Plank’s AL mark.
1916: At the Polo Grounds‚ Boston’s Babe Ruth goes 10 innings to defeat
the Yankees‚ 4-3 in his first start against his future club. The Babe
gives up 2 earned runs on 8 hits‚ but is hitless at the plate.
1904: New York Highlanders pitcher Jack Chesbro posts the first of what
will be 41 wins on the season, a post-1900 major league record that