6/04 in Yankee History
2008: In a 5-1 win over Toronto at the Stadium, Derek Jeter’s third-inning rbi single off Jesse Litsch moves the captain past Mickey Mantle into third place on the all-time Yankees hits list.
2007: Clete Boyer, starting Yankee third baseman for the 1961 and 1962 championship clubs, dies at the age of 70.
2002: The Yankees come up with an 8 runs in the 6th to pull away from Baltimore, going on to win 13-5. Scott Erickson, who spent time in the New York bullpen in 2006, fans Rondell White on three pitches to start the frame, but after the Yanks bat around, White caps it with a homer off Calvin Maduro. Shane Spencer, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter, and Bernie Williams single in the inning, and Jason Giambi and Robin Ventura homer as well.
2000: The Yankees edge the Braves‚ 7-6. Prior to the game‚ Atlanta pitcher John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman‚ the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in Sports Illustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman‚ although there is no physical contact between the two.
1997: For the second straight night‚ Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Bombers‚ as the Orioles win 9-7. The Yanks had tied the game at 7 on Charlie Hayes’ pinch grand slam. The O’s Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a Major League record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night’s game‚ hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.
1990: After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft‚ the Yankees pull 3 winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round‚ Jorge Posada in the 24th‚ and Shane Spencer in the 25th.
1988: Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York’s 7-6‚ 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a club-record 249 as a Yankee.
1986: Yankee hurler Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings, until Gary Pettis doubles.
Niekro and Al Holland finish an 11-0 one-hitter, and Dave Winfield homers twice.
1980: The Yankees‚ with no picks in rounds one and two‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick. After protests from at least two other teams‚ Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad‚ Cannon will be the number 1 pick of the Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his career.
1958: After 32 scoreless innings, the Chicago White Sox score in the 3rd, and go on to win 7-4 over the first place New York Yankees. Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot to Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The drive is measured at 478 feet.
1953: At Chicago‚ Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 4th‚ off Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago come back to tie. The Mick’s leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a New York rally‚ and they win 9-5.
1951: In Cleveland‚ in an effort to defeat their Yankee nemeses‚ the Indians distribute 15‚000 lucky rabbits feet for Beat Eddie Lopat Night. Lopat recalled later‚ “While I was warming up‚ before the game‚ a drunk came on the field and threw a black cat at me and it clung to my uniform jersey.” It works‚ as Cleveland plates five runs in the first inning-three on a Bob Kennedy homer-on the way to an 8-2 win. It is Lopat’s first defeat to the Indians after 11 straight wins.
1939: Phil Linz is born. Happy 71st to the harmonica man!
1929: Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee dies. Frazee is forever remembered as the man who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win 8-3. Babe Ruth belts a 3-run homer over the right field fence for the Bombers.
1915: Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3-0 Detroit win over New York‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s second steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th‚ 1911).