5/10 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1936: Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee Stadium debut.


The much-heralded rookie also hits his first ML home run‚ off the A’s George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4
hits and two RBIs
to pace the Yanks to a 7-2 win.


On other 10ths of May…

1996: David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.


1991: Junko Aoyama, international woman of mystery, fervent Yankee fan and all-around good egg, is born. Happy birthday, Junko!


1965: At Fenway‚ the 9th place Yankees lose again‚ 3-2‚ when Carl
Yastrzemski outhits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz collects a pair of homers and a sacrifice fly‚ while the Mick is 3-for-4 with a homer. After Mantle doubles with two outs in the 9th‚ starter Jim Lonborg is lifted and Dick Radatz gets the final out. It is Lonborg’s first major league win. Before the game the Yankees trade infielder Pedro Gonzalez to Cleveland in exchange for first baseman Ray  Barker. Barker will help fill in for the injured Roger Maris.



1959: The Yanks sweep two from the Senators at the Stadium‚ winning 6-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yanks scoring as they beat Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th of the nitecap. Yogi Berra has a HR in the nitecap and sets a new ML record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.



1953: Vic Raschi makes his 1st relief appearance in 2 years‚ limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings‚ as the Yankees win‚ 7-4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident‚ which will keep him out of action for 3 weeks‚ when Jimmy Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber of the Sox hits his 2nd consecutive pinch homer in the 8th; his first came on May 6th.


1952: Hank Bauer goes 5-for-6 in an 18-3 Yankee romp over Boston. The Bombers score 11 runs in the 7th inning. The BoSox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning as they rack up 18 for the game. The 10 in one inning was last done on August 17, 1921 by the New York Giants.



1946: Before a Friday Ladies’ Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64‚183‚ the first-place Red Sox take their 15th straight game‚ a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio grand slam accounts for all the Bombers’ scoring.


1937: Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox at Comiskey‚ 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his first 2 homers of the year and George Selkirk his 5th for the Yankees. Chicago’s only hit is a one-out first inning single by Larry Rosenthal‚ who was erased on a DP. 



1934: Lou Gehrig hits 2 home runs  (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles‚ tying a record with four extra base hits‚ and drives in 7 runs. The performance by the Iron Horse is all the more remarkable given that he’s suffering from a bad cold, and has to leave the game after 5 innings. The New Yorkers thrash the White Sox 13-3. During the game, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman shouts racial slurs at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.



1926: At the Stadium‚ Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit back-to-back homers off Tiger starter Sam Gibson‚ and the Yankees outscore the visitors 13-9. Herb Pennock is the winner.



1913: The Yankees commit a club record 8 errors‚ but still end up beating the Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings. Yankee shortstop Claud Derrick commits three of the miscues. He will field just .872 for the year. In a deal that might be related to Derrick’s poor performance, the Yankees deal for sure-gloved SS Roger Peckinpaugh ten days later.


1868: Ed Barrow is born 


After leading the Red Sox to World Series wins in 1915 and 1918 as manager (where he was also credited with the momentous decision to make Babe Ruth an everyday position player), Barrow moved to New York, and served as General Manager of the Yankees from 1921 to 1944, during which the team emerged as the powerhouse of Major League Baseball. Barrow was active in establishing one of the strongest farm systems in baseball during this period.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 21, 1953 by the Committee on Baseball Veterans. He died
later that year in Port Chester, NY at age 85. Ed Barrow is interred in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.

On April 15, 1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which first hung on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins, and later in the Stadium’s Monument Park. The plaque called him ‘Moulder of a tradition of victory.’ 

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