6/15 in Yankee History
1979: The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for pitcher Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his clubhouse scuffle with teammate Goose Gossage that put the Goose on the DL for two months.
1976: In what will turn out to be one of the Orioles’ best trades ever‚ Baltimore obtain pitchers Rudy May‚ Tippy Martinez‚ Dave Pagan‚ Scott McGregor and catcher Rick Dempsey from the Yankees for veteran pitchers Doyle Alexander‚ Ken Holtzman‚ Grant Jackson and catcher Elrod Hendricks. The veterans will help the Yankees win the AL pennant in 1976 and then fade.
1974: The Angels sell Rudy May (0-1) to the Yankees where he will post an 8-4 record this year.
1972: Andy Pettitte is born. Happy 38th to our stopper!
1968: The Yankees sign outfielder Rocky Colavito after his release by the Dodgers. In another deal‚ New York sell pitcher John Wyatt‚ acquired last month‚ to the Tigers. They also sell sore-armed Jim Bouton to the Seattle Pilots for next season: Bouton goes to the Seattle Angels (PCL) in the meanwhile.
1963: Al Downing’s 9-2 win against Detroit puts the Yankees in first place.
1961: Undefeated Ralph Terry’s 11-inning 3-2 win at Cleveland moves the Yankees into first place. Mickey Mantle’s homer ties the score at 1-1 and Johnny Blanchard’s pinch single in the 11th wins it.
1958: At the Stadium, Yankee killers Jim Bunning and Frank Lary sweep New York 2-0 and 3-0 in a twin bill with Detroit. Lary gives up 4 hits and Bunning 3.
1957: At Kansas City‚ the Yankees win 9-2 over the A’s‚ beating Virgil Trucks. Meanwhile, fallout from the ‘Battle of the Copacabana’ continues, as the Yanks then trade Billy Martin to Kansas City with shortstop Woodie Held and outfielder Bob Martyn for pitcher Ryne Duren‚ second baseman Milt Graff and outfielders Harry Simpson and Jim Pisoni.
1952: Before 69‚468 at Municipal Stadium‚ New York score 6 runs in the 2nd inning off Bob Lemon en route to an 8-2 win in the opening game of a doubleheader. Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the inning. The Yanks will complete the sweep in the nitecap with a 4-3 win.
1951: The Yanks swap pitchers‚ sending Tommy Byrne to the Browns for Stubby Overmire: New York add $25‚000 to the deal. The Yanks also deal three right-handed pitchers – Bob Porterfield‚ Tom Ferrick‚ and Fred Sanford – to the Senators for needed lefty Bob Kuzava. Porterfield will blossom into the Nats ace over the next five years‚ but Kuzava will save the final World Series games in 1951 and 1952.
1950: The Yankees‚ frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Joe Ostrowski with the Browns‚ finally get the pitcher‚ along with hurlers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht and third baseman Leo Thomas. New York give up infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss‚ outfielder Jim Delsing‚ pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson‚ and $50‚000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow‚ the Yanks beat the Browns‚ 7-5‚ with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.
1935: John Whitehead‚ Chisox rookie ace‚ bows to the Yankees‚ 5-3. Texas Johnnie allows 13 hits‚ including 4 by Gehrig. But it is a double by Red Rolfe (below) in the 9th that brings home the final two runs. Johnny Murphy wins in relief. New York now lead the surprising White Sox by 4 games.
1928: At Sportsman’s Park, Otis Brannan (below) has a home run and a 3-run double to pace the Browns to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Kress also homers for St. Louis while Babe Ruth hits his 24th for the Bombers.
1924: Yankee rookie Earle Combs breaks his leg and will be out most of the year.
1920: The Indians jump on Carl Mays (below) in the 3rd inning after the submariner walks 3 in succession. The Tribe score 5 times on their way to a 10-2 victory‚ the 3rd in 4 games with the Yankees. New York are now 2 games behind Cleveland.
1916: Any more brothers? After losing yesterday in Detroit to Harry Coveleski‚ the Yankees succumb today‚ 3-2‚ to his younger sibling Stan, who pitches for Cleveland. The Yankees rally with two outs in the 9th on Roger Peckinpaugh’s triple and a single by Roy Hartzell to tie. With a man on second and first base open in the 10th‚ Bob Shawkey throws two wide ones to Tris Speaker (below)‚ then tries to slip a fast ball over the plate. Speaker hits it for the game-winning single.
1912: Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base at the end of the latter’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played ended, is born.