May 2010

5/01 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

1920: Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a Yankee, and the 50th of his career‚  in a 6-0 win over the
Red Sox. The shot clears the right field roof of the Polo Grounds‚ duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a
homer‚ both coming off Herb Pennock. During
the game‚ Yankee bench hecklersCarl Mays, Ernie Shore and Frank
O’Doul manage to get themselves ejected.

Babe-Ruth-at-Bat.jpg 

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1920/B05010NYA1920.htm

On other 1sts of May…

2004: The Yankees rout the Royals 12-4‚ as Ruben Sierra hits 2
homers and drives in 7 runs.

Ruben_Sierra.jpg

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2004/B05010NYA2004.htm

2001: Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win 4-0‚ for the Yanks. David Justice has a solo
homer in the 6th off Eric Milton‚ the losing pitcher‚ and Jorge Posada adds RBI singles in the 7th and
9th.

Moose.jpg

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2001/B05010MIN2001.htm 

1996: The Yankees and Orioles continue their marathon ways‚ this one going 5 hours and
43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez, 
whose homer snapped yesterday’s tie‚ parks a grand slam in the 15th to give Andy Pettitte, making a relief appearance, the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6 – just the 2nd Yankee to date get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag, in 1934‚ is
the other.

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The O’s and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings‚ as both teams
squander scoring opportunities‚ and New York survive 4 errors by two second
basemen. Jim Mecir
strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3-0 count. Cal
Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th – who is promptly picked off – and
sits for the last 7 innings‚ the longest stretch he has rested in 2‚180 games.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1996/B05010BAL1996.htm

1991: In a game against the Yankees, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game
against the Yankees to break Lou Brock’s all-time
mark. With Brock standing next to him‚ Henderson modestly proclaims‚ “Lou Brock was certainly
a great base stealer‚ but today I’m the greatest of all time.” In another curious
tie-in with Nolan Ryan Henderson had been the victim of Ryan’s 5‚000th career strikeout.

rickey-henderson-getty31.jpg

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1991/B05010OAK1991.htm

1960: The Yankees use three pitchers – Bill Stafford‚
Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges – to beat the White Sox 6-1 on a combined two hitter. Chicago’s first
hit doesn’t come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox lines a lead
off base hit.

Sheldon.jpg

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1962/B05010CHA1962.htm


1956:
Mickey Mantle takes Steve Gromek deep in the first inning at the Stadium‚ and New York roll to a 9-2
win over Detroit. Hank Bauer also homers as Whitey Ford hurls his
third complete game win of the campaign.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1956/B05010NYA1956.htm

1951: At Comiskey Park, the Yankees’ new phenom Mickey Mantle connects for his first Major League home run, off Randy Gumpert. Minnie Minoso 
becomes the first black to wear the White Sox uniform. He plays third base, and‚ facing Vic Raschi in his
first MLB at bat‚ slams a homer to straightaway center. The Yanks win 8-3‚ with Mantle collecting 3
RBIs.

MickeyMantleRookieCard.jpg

1937: Joe DiMaggio makes his return as a starter after missing six games‚ and strokes three hits
against Rube Walberg. New York tip the Red Sox 3-2.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1937/B05010NYA1937.htm

1934: At Washington‚ the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a
3-run lead in the first‚ but he can’t hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the
score tied at 3 apiece. New York score 5 runs in the 9th to win it for George Uhle‚
10-5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2‚
1932‚ when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats.

Danny_Mac.jpg
        Danny MacFayden

1932: The Yankees reacquire relief ace Wilcy Moore from the Red Sox.

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http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Wilcy_Moore_1897

1927: The Yankees ride the
Ruth-Gehrig tandem to a 7-3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs out a
first inning homer off Jack Quinn, and Gehrig
hits one off him in the 6th. The Babe comes back in the 8th with another roundtripper‚
this one off Rube Walberg as New York take over undisputed possession of first place.

Babe-Ruth-Posters.jpg

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1927/B05010NYA1927.htm

1919: In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win‚ 7-3.
The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits‚ 3 errors‚ a wild pitch‚ and 2 walks. George Mogridge gets the win for New York.

Mogridge.jpg

1908: In New York’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals‚ Kid Elberfeld is
severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley, essentially ending the season of the Highlander shortstop. He’ll go to bat just 56 times this year.

Kid_Elberfeld_Baseball_Card.jpg

 


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