6/23 in Yankee History
2004: Yankee fans are introduced to the dark side of starter Jon Lieber (below), as few of his pitches reach Jorge Posada’s mitt. In a 13-2 destruction in Camden Yards, the Birds plate three in
the first when Lieber yields five hits and a sac fly to the first
seven batters; five hits and an error leading off the home fourth
net Baltimore four more.
2001: The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting pitcher Jay Witasick from
the Padres for infield prospect D’Angelo Jimenez. The Yanks first choice‚ Expos
pitcher Ugueth Urbina‚
failed to pass a physical and will end up with the Red Sox. The Padres released
veteran shortstop Chris Gomez yesterday.
1997: In Detroit‚ David Cone strikes out
16‚ his highest total in six years‚ and Cecil Fielder‚ in
eight innings of work. hits
a three-run homer as the Yankees win‚ 5-2. Cone‚ who had shoulder surgery to
repair an aneurysm on May 10‚ 1996‚ allows four hits‚ including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley.
1994: ‘Marvelous’ Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees in the ’50s before going on to lasting fame (or infamy) with the ’62 Mets, dies at the age of 60.
1988: The bizarre love-hate saga of George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin takes its final turn, as the Yankee owner files Martin for the 5th and final time, replacing him with Lou Piniella. In
1985‚ Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985‚ Martin was fired and
replaced by Piniella. New York’s 40-28 record is the 4th best in the big
leagues‚ but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.
1964: Charlie Lau ties a Major League record with 2 pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore’s 9-8 win over the
Yankees. The Orioles score 7 runs in the inning after 2 are out. Yanks
manager Yogi Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill
Sheldon‚ who was leading 7-2‚ having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie
reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O’s move into first place.
1963: In a game with the visiting Yankees, a Major League fielding record is set by Boston’s first baseman Dick Stuart as ‘Dr.
Strange Glove’ handles 3 first-inning grounders and tosses to pitcher Bob Heffner for
putouts. Stuart’s teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The
Yankees win the game, though, 8-0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have 3 putouts
in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in
1975 will be the next to record 3 POs.
1962: The Yanks win the opener of a doiuibleheader with the Tigers, 8-4. In the niecap, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup and homers against Paul Foytack. But it
is not enough, as Detroit win 5-4.
1959: The Yankees ride 2-run
homers from Mickey Mantle‚ Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald to a 10-2 win over Kansas City.
1957: Prime Minister Kishi of Japan‚ wearing a Yankees cap‚ is one of 63‚787 fans
at Yankee Stadium to see New York split with Chicago‚ winning the first 9-2
behind Bobby Shantz (9-1)and dropping the 2nd game 4-3. Mickey Mantle goes
6-for-9 as the Yankees maintain their 1/2 game lead over Chicago. Mantle is
leading the AL in hitting‚ HRs and is one behind the Senators’ Roy Sievers in
1955: Bob Turley shuts
out the A’s 4-0
on 3 hits to end his 5-game losing streak.
1950: Eleven home runs – a then MLB record – drive in all the runs scored in a 10-9
Tiger win over the Yankees before 51‚000 Detroit fans. Detroit have 4 homers in the
4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Trout’s home run, off Tommy Byrne, is
his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Evedrs hits
another homer, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page. For
New York‚ Hank Bauer connects for 2 homers‚ including one in the 4th inning. Joe DiMaggio‚ Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra‚ and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also
belt round trippers. It is the first time that 9 different players connect for
homers in a game.
1948: Tommy Henrich’s grand slam in the top of the 11th breaks up a pitching duel between Indians
starter Don Black and Eddie Lopat. The
Yanks win‚ 5-1‚ to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2 1/2 games.
1935:The league-leading Yanks (37-22) lose their third in a row‚ dropping a 6-5
decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Red Rolfe’s error in the 8th allows the Tribe to
tie and Lefty Gomez unleashes two wild pitches in a row in the 9th to allow Joe Vosmik to get to third. Ab Wright’s single brings home the winner. Mel Harder‚ in relief
in the 9th‚ wins his 11th.
1932: In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚103rd successive game in a New York uniform‚ equalling Joe Sewell’s record
with one club (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks
Gehrig and Bill Dickey with the bases loaded‚ and he walks three more in the 2nd but
escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings
and top the Yanks’ George Pipgras‚
11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers‚ the third time in his career he’s
done it in a game‚ while Gehrig (No.18) and Babe Ruth (No.22) connect for New York.
1930: Yankee hurler Hank Johnson (below) cruises to a 15-0 4-hit win over the Browns. Babe Ruth’s 24th homer paces
the an 18-hit attack. St. Louis earn a split in the nitecap‚ winning 10-6 behind
Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the
1929: At the Stadium‚ the A’s top the Yanks‚ 7-4‚ to win the windup of the
5-game series. For the third time in the the series‚ Miller Huggins tries a lefty and the A’s
batter him. Ed Wells (below) is the victim. Al Simmons‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Mule Haas homer for the A’s‚
while Lou Gehrig hits his 20th for NY. The A’s lead the Yanks by 8 1/2 games. The
game draws 51‚000, bringing the 5 game total to 184‚000 paid spectators.
1927: At Boston‚ Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11-4 victory by becoming the first player to hit 3 home runs in a game at Fenway. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd‚ and solo shots in the
6th and 8th‚ off Danny MacFayden.
He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether
coasts to the win.
1915: A new bases on balls-allowed record is as the A’s Bruno Haas (below) walks 16 New Yorkers and uncorks three wild pitches in a 15-7 Yankee win.
1894: George Weiss (shown here conferring with Casey Stengel), Yankee general manager during the club’s period of greatest dominance, is born.