5/31 in Yankee History
1998: The Yankee machine hits a bump in the road, as Andy Pettitte suddenly can’t get
anyone out in the third inning of a game with Boston, leaving with six across and two outs. But reliever Darren Holmes throws gas on the fire, as he fails to record the third out until five
more Red Sox players reach safely, and 11 have scored. The Yanks fall
1989: At the Stadium‚ New York rookie Deion Sanders makes his debut. He throws out one Seattle runner‚ drives in a run‚ and triggers a 5-run rally in the 7th with a single. Don Mattingly completes the scoring with a 2-run homer-his 4th hit of the game-in the 8th following a single and 2 steals by Steve Sax. New York win 9-5‚ with the decision going to Andy Hawkins.
1988: Yankee starter Al Leiter makes one pitch before leaving the game. Oakland leadoff batter Carney Lansford lines the pitcher’s first offering to left for a clean single, and Billy Martin replaces Leiter with reliever Neil Allen. Allen gives up just 3 hits in 9 innings to record a 5-0 shutout for New York Allen will have a shutout and no starts this year. Mike Pagliarulo hits a 2-run HR off Steve Ontiveros to supply Allen with all the runs he needs.
1983: AL President Lee MacPhail suspends George Steinbrenner
for one week‚ citing ‘repeated problems’ with the outspoken owner’s
public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner‚ who had been fined $50‚000
by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some NL
umpires‚ cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during
1975: Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas‚ the fifth time in his career he has had his team’s lone hit in a game. Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6-0 Yankee victory.
1967: Kenny Lofton is born. Happy 43rd, Kenny!
1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris again homer as New York edge Boston‚ 7-6. Mantle’s is no.14‚ two ahead of Roger. In the 8th inning‚ Carroll Hardy pinch hits for rookie Carl Yastrzemski; last year he pinch hit for Ted Williams‚ making him the only player to go in for both future Hall of Famers.
1959: At Washington‚ the Yankees beat the Senators‚ 3-0‚ on Bob Turley’s two-hitter. Moose Skowron accounts for the scoring with a three-run homer. Mickey Mantle almost homers‚ but his 438-foot drive is caught by center fielder Bob Allison.
1948: The Senators‚ fresh from four wins over the Red Sox‚ drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62‚626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener‚ 10-0. The Yanks collect 16 hits‚ including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes 7 straight hits in the two games‚ making out his first and last at-bats.
1938: In action against the A’s at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚000th consecutive game and has an RBI single in a 12-5 win. Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam off Yankee pitcher Joe Beggs‚ the first of three salamis he will hit this season, all of them courtesy of the Yankee hurler.
1931: Earle Combs’ hitting streak ends at 29‚ although the Yankees beat Washington‚ 4-2‚ in a rain-shortened 7-inning game.
1928: At the Stadium‚ Herb Pennock tosses his second shutout of the year‚ beating Washington 4-0 for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser‚ giving up a home run to Cedric Durst and another to Babe Ruth‚ his 19th. The Babe almost adds his 20th when he blasts a long high fly with two on‚ but Leo Durocher‚ the runner on first‚ holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.
The Yankee outfielders of 1928: (L to R) Cedric Durst, Earle Combs,
Ben Paschal, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel)
1927: The Yankees pound the third-place Athletics into submission‚ winning 10-3 and 18-5. Babe Ruth homers in each contest to run his string to 4 straight games. He finishes the month with 12 homers‚ and 16 altogether. Rookie strongboy Jimmie Foxx belts his first Major League homer‚ off Urban Shocker‚ in game 2. Tony Lazzeri and Mark Koenig homer in game 2‚ while Lou Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double‚ triple and homer in the opener.
1920: At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees outslug Washington‚ winning 7-6 in the morning game and 10-7 in the afternoon match. New York win the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge is the winner. New York score 5 in the 6th when Duffy Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers‚ and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Jim Shaw.
In the afternoon game before 38‚000 fans‚ Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous home run by Babe Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth‚ who swipes four bases‚ including second and third in the 4th inning‚‚ then swiping home on the front end of a double steal: Braggo will swipe another 4 on June 12. Roger Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2‚ including a pair of doubles and a triple.
1913: Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability‚ Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and first baseman Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty‚ Chase will be on the scene for another 6 years. Zeider‚ who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49‚ is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .
133 in 39 games‚ writer Mark Roth remarks‚ ‘Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion.’
1910: The Highlanders sell Slow Joe Doyle to the Reds. Doyle set a Major League record by winning his first 2 decisions in 1906 by shutouts.
1907: The Highlanders beat Boston‚ 4-1‚ behind Frank Kitson‚ making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year‚ but will go 4-0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home‚ and Hal Chase has 2 steals.