6/02 in Yankee History
The red-letter day (bordered in black) –
1941: Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig
passed away at his home in the Bronx. Since then, his illness has been known
primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
On other 2nds of June…
2005: The Yankees have been swept by the team with the worst record in the majors (16-37), falling 5-2 to the Royals for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years. Kansas City pitchers allowed just six runs in the series. It was the third time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in three games by the team with the worst record in major leagues. The other times were in 2000, by the Detroit Tigers, and 1937 by the Philadelphia Athletics. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep in 1996-97.
1996: At Oakland‚ the Yankees win 11-4 and do it the old-fashioned way-by stealing 8 bases. Gerald Williams‚ with 10 career steals‚ has 4 steals to tie a club record‚ and rookie Derek Jeter adds 2. Kenny Rogers (4-1) is the benefactor‚ pitching 6 1/3 innings for the win‚ as the Yankees stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the O’s.
1958: Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record as he shuts out the White Sox 3-0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just 6 hits but three – 2 by Hank Bauer and one by Mickey Mantle – are out of the park. On a botched hit-and-run attempt‚ Luis Aparicio is thrown out at second, ending his streak of 26 consecutive steals.
1957: In the first inning of the nitecap of a doubleheader with Baltimore at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ homer back to back off Skinny Brown‚ and Elston Howard goes deep as well, for a 4-0 lead. The fans could have headed for the exits then, because there will be no more scoring on either side the rest of the way.
1954: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks tag Early Wynn for seven runs in the first inning without the righty recording an out. Don Mossi relieves and starting in the 2nd inning‚ the Yanks are held hitless by Mossi and four more relievers. Cleveland peck away‚ eventually tying the game before winning in the 10th‚ 8-7. Hal Newhouser‚ who tosses the last three hitless innings‚ is the winner.
1948: At Detroit‚ the Yankees open the series with a 1-0 win behind Vic Raschi‚ but lose left fielder Charlie Keller who breaks his hand. Johnny Lindell will move in as the regular left fielder.
1940: Horace Clarke, starting Yankee second baseman from 1967 until 1974, is born. Happy 70th, Harry!
1938: Gene Michael, starting Yankee shortstop from 1969 to 1974 and later general manager, is born. Happy 72nd, Stick!
1925: Yankee first baseman Wally Pipp is beaned during batting practice‚ resulting in a severe headache. Things will only get worse for him as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators – it will be nearly 14 years before he is out of the lineup again. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8-5 victory‚ with Allan Russell taking the loss.
1920: The Yankees stretch their win streak to 10 games by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Jack Quinn. Babe Ruth hits a two-run shot in the opener of the doubleheader‚ connecting off Tom Zachary and Leon Carlson. The Babe bangs out another‚ his 14th‚ in the nitecap off Bill Snyder‚ but the Senators win 7-6. Clyde Milan homers in the first game‚ while Bob Meusel‚ Howie Shanks‚ Muddy Ruel‚ and Braggo Roth all homer in game 2. The New York Times notes that ‘Ruth is the only player in the game who has the handle of his bat wound with tape. It gives him a better grip.’
The 1920 Yankees