5/25 in Yankee History
1974: The Yankees send catcher Duke Sims to the Rangers for pitcher Larry Gura. Gura will go 5-1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin‚ Gura will be peddled to Kansas City.
1966: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks maul the Angels 11-6. Mickey Mantle has two homers‚ one off Dean Chance and the other coming off reliever Lew Burdette.
1953: The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date‚ lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott takes 2 hours‚ 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings‚ as Boston outlast New York‚ 14-10. Mickey Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.
1947: The Yankees edge into third place ahead of the Red Sox by whipping Boston 17-2. Ted Williams’ 2-run homer in the 9th off Floyd Bevens deprives the Yankees of 4 straight shutouts‚ George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss scores 5 runs and Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller 4 behind the 17-hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has 4 hits and 3 runs.
1937: After hitting a solo homer against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1-1 tie‚ player-manager Mickey Cochrane is beaned by a 3-1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader‚ who will never return to active play. Cochrane’s homer is his last at bat. In the hospital‚ Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying‚ “I lost the ball.” The Yanks win the game‚ 4-3‚ beating Schoolboy Rowe‚ who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.
1922: Babe Ruth is suspended for one game and fined $200 for throwing dirt on umpire George Hildebrand after being called out at second while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. The Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and has to be restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the center field clubhouse, Ruth makes an obscene gesture at another heckler in right. Ruth will be stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beat the visiting Nationals‚ 6-4.
1921: In St. Louis‚ babe Ruth hits his 13th homer of the year, a blow that travels an estimated 500 feet. The Browns win anyway, though, 7-6.
1920: At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yanks top the Tigers 4-3 with Babe Ruth’s 2 run home run providing the margin. It’s the Babe’s 8th circuit blast of the year‚ breaking a tie for the AL lead with Chicago’s Happy Felsch.
1912: New York shortstop Jack Martin gets plunked twice by Walter Johnson‚ who hits three batters in the game. The second time Martin is hit, the fast ball shatters his jaw. He will be out of action for five weeks. Johnson‚ who consciously avoids throwing at hitters will‚ nevertheless‚ hit 205 batters in his career.