6/24 in Yankee History
2009: The Yankees reactivate utility infielder Cody Ransom from the 60-day disabled list.
2005: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 6-4 behind Pedro Martinez’s strong 8 innings of work. The Mets set an NL record by hitting 3 sacrifice flies (Ramon Castro‚ Jose Reyes‚
Mike Cameron) in the 3-run 2nd inning. One of the balls is dropped by Bernie Williams
for an error. The last team to have three sac flies in an inning was the White
Sox who did it in the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Indians on July 1‚
1962. The Mets tie another NL mark with 4 sac flies in the game.
1997: Tino Martinez collects 2 singles‚ a double‚ and a pair of home runs while driving in 4 as the Yankees top Detroit‚ 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5
RBIs for New York.
1996: Former Yankee pitcher Steve Howe‚ released
by the team just two days ago‚ is arrested at Kennedy International Airport for
carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and
receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. Howe had already been permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent on this same day in 1992 after having
pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine.
It was Howe’s 7th ban from the game‚ as he became the first player ever
permanently barred from baseball because of drugs. The decision was later reversed on appeal.
1994: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees and Indians battle
to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a‚m.
There are a total of 3 hours, 10 minutes in rain delays, including the one to start the contest. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yanks winning 11-6 in a
game that takes 4:03 in total to play‚ a Cleveland team record. Not tobe
outdone‚ the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game
that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the
1977: Before 54‚940 at Yankee Stadium‚ Roy White launches a
dramatic 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-5
tie with the Red Sox – New York score in the next inning on Reggie Jackson’s bases-loaded single to win‚ 6-5. White’s key hit comes after Bill Campbell retires the first 2 Yankees in the 9th and Willie Randolph then triples. Sparky Lyle picks up
the win‚ handing Boston their 1st loss in 8 games. With homers from Yaz‚ Butch Hobson
and George Scott‚ the Sox set a ML record of 33 homers in 10 games.
1970: In a the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Indians at the Stadium‚ Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s club
record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7-2‚ despite Murcer’s
9th-inning blast off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2 starter Mike Paul‚ hitting a
solo shot in the 1st inning. After a walk in the 4th, a 2-run homer off Paul in
the 5th‚ and a game-tying homer in the 8th off Fred Lasher put Murcer in the record books. New York
score in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5-4 win. Cleveland first baseman Tony Horton hears a
hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee
hurler Steve Hamilton’s ‘Folly floaters.’ Sensitive to fans’ booing during the season‚
Horton will be hospitalised‚ and at 25‚ this will be his last season.
1962: A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when
a home runj by Jack Reed (below) – the only one he will hit in the majors – gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9-7
victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers‚ Phil Regan takes the
loss and Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours‚ the game is the
longest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in
innings in Yankee history.
1958: The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the
Sox 6-2 at Comiskey. Mickey Mantle’s clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning‚
followed by a single‚ walk and Jerry Lumpe’s first
Major League home run‚ and a round-tripper by Norm Siebern. Ryne Duren K’s 6 of the last 9 batters to preserve Bob Turley’s win.
1948: Vic Raschi scatters
6 hits to beat the Indians 6-0 and earn his
9th straight win. Bob Feller also allows six hits but three are home runs – by George McQuinn‚ Johnny
Lindell‚ and Joe DiMaggio.
1936: Rookie phenom Joe DiMaggio ties
3 ML records as he connects for 2 home runs in the 5th inning good for 5 RBI
and 8 total bases to lead the Yankees to an 18-11 win over
the White Sox. Joe is the
5th batter to hit two homers in an inning. His first is a two-run shot off Babe Phelps and the
2nd homer is a 3-run clout off Fred Lasher. For good
measure‚ DiMag adds 2 doubles. for a Major League record-tying 4 long hits. New York
score 10 times in the 5th‚ 9 runs scoring on homers. Jake Powell accounts
for 4 runs in the inning with a grand slam and Gehrig becomes the 1st MLB player to
collect 100 hits for the year.
1934: Babe Ruth breaks out of an 0 for 21 at slump by hitting a grand
slam in a 5-0 Yankee win over the White Sox.
1925: In a 5-3 Yankee win over Washington‚ Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home‚ as Wally Schang steals
second on the double larceny.
1922: In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway‚ Boston’s Everett Scott plays in
his 900th straight game. The Bronx Bombers continue to cling to second place despite having lost 12 of their last 14
1920: In Columbus‚ Ohio‚ the Yankees play an exhibition game against a semi-pro team‚
winning 10-1.Babe Ruth hits 6 balls out in batting practice‚ including one over the LF fence
onto the brewery’s roof. He grounds out‚ walks‚ homers far over the RF fence his
third at bat. He hits a Texas Leaguer to short left on the next at bat, but hustles
it into a double. He walks his last time up. The Babe steals two bases‚ and pitches the
bottom of the ninth‚ allowing two hits and the only run. Lefty O’Doul‚ who
pitches only 3 2/3 innings in 1920 for NY‚ pitches 8 shutout frames.
1908: Charging the Highlander ownership with refusing to spend money to build the
team‚ manager Clark Griffith (below) resigns. His Highlanders are 24-32. Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6-6 tie with the A’s. New York fade fast and
will finish in the cellar with 103 losses.