5/13 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
1929: In Cleveland‚ fans have no trouble telling the players apart‚ as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs for the first time in Major League history. The Indians beat the Yanks 4-3‚ despite a homer by New York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th‚ Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York‚ it is their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.
The 1929 Yankees
On other 13ths of May…
2001: The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them up 10-5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the 9th to tie‚ but the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the top of the 11th to win. The big hit in the worst blown save of the Yankee closer’s career is Jeff Conine’s HR.
2000: The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres‚ 6-2‚ as Todd Stottlemyre wins the 136th game of his career. His dad, Mel, won 164 games in a 10-year career spent entirely with the Yankees, and the two now become the first father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.
1997: Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees’ 7-run 6th inning‚ as New York beat the Twins 11-2. Bernie Williams belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2-2 tie. Martinez’s homer‚ his 15th‚ leaves him one behind Ken Griffey and puts him in select Yankee company: only Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions have won 17 of their last 23‚ while the Twins lose for the 16th time in 20 games.
1977: Ed Figueroa pitches his fourth straight complete game‚ and Thurman Munson cracks a 7th inning homer to lead New York to a 3-0 win over the Angels.
1973: In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees tie a Major League record by hitting 4 solo homers in a shutout game in which no other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on August 2‚ 1956. Roy White‚ Bobby Murcer‚ Ron Blomberg and Graig Nettles all go long in the 4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score zero when Eddie Watts contributes 4 innings of relief. The Orioles win‚ 9-6.
1955: It’s Friday the 13th, and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career. In all‚ Mantle has 3 roundtrippers‚ the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek‚ and the third off Bob Miller‚ all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. The Mick adds a single to complete a total of 5 RBIs, accounting for all of his team’s runs as New York beat Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Tony Lazzeri (1927)‚ Ben Chapman (1932)‚ and Bill Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hit three homers in a game at the Stadium.
1951: At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park‚ Mickey Mantle hits his first righty homer‚ off Alex Kellner‚ in the majors‚ then makes the last out by popping up his bunt attempt with the tying run on 3rd. The A’s win 5-4‚ then win the nitecap as well. Mantle has no homers in the 2nd game loss‚ but misses 2nd base on a hit.
1947: The Yankees pound the Browns 9-1 with Charlie Keller‚ Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Lindell combining for consecutive homers off starter Fred Sanford in the 6th inning.
1946: The Yankees become the first Major League team to sign a contract with an airline to fly on a regular basis‚ as they take a United flight to St. Louis to take on the Browns. Red Ruffing and four others choose to take the train.
1945: Atley Donald is victorious over
the Indians 1-0 in 10 innings when New York break through against
pitcher Red Embree. A walk‚ a bunt single‚ a sac bunt and a sac fly by
Russ Derry plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe‚ with his
only loss coming on August 21‚ 1941 when Feller won‚ 2-0. Cleveland win
the second game of the twinbill 4-2‚ behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter.
1937: Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs‚ as the Yankees trip the Browns‚ 4-2. Gehrig‚ hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich‚ making his second appearance‚ bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.