7/06 in Yankee History
Joba Chamberlain is not around long enough for the win in a
5-4 extra-inning Yankee victory over the Red Sox at the Stadium , but he does have
some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin
A-Rod homers off Tim Wakefield, and Robinson Cano has a key two-run
triple that ties the game in the seventh. The star of the game award goes to Brett
Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed
on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier in the day. The speedy
rookie singles and scores in the sixth, and drives in Cano with the game winner
in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman (below), who in
April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International
Space Station, throws out the first pitch in person this day, having returned
to earth in the interim.
Bill Mueller of
the Red Sox jumps on Andy Pettitte for a home run and a 1-0 lead in the
top of the first, but the Boston scoring begins and ends there. While Andy settles into a groove, his teammates plate a pair off John Burkett in the first,
add one in the fifth, and send the Bosox starter to the showers when Curtis Pride launches a homer to straightaway center in the sixth. Three seventh-inning tallies
close out the 7-1 Yankee win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball, and the Yankees jump out to a 7-0 lead over
the Mets after three innings, on two rbi singles by Scott
Brosius and an Alfonso Soriano 3-run blast. The home team then coast
to the 8-3 victory, with Andy getting the win over fellow lefty Al
John Wetteland ties
the record held by Lee Smith by garnering a save in his 20th consecutive appearance. The Yankee closer pitches the ninth inning of Jimmy Key’s 2-0 win over the Brewers.
During the game, the Yankees buy out Darryl Strawberry’s contract with Columbus.
Five days after his
disastrous and demoralizing 4-0 loss to the White Sox in 1990, despite having
thrown a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins goes down to defeat yet again. After throwing shutout ball at the Twins into the twelfth inning of the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium,
he gives up two runs in the frame and loses. His record dips to 1-6. The Bombers bounce back to take the nitecap 5-3.
reliever Don McMahon becomes the second pitcher in AL history to beat the Yankees twice in one day, picking up in the win in relief in both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium. When Dave Davenport of the Browns first achieved
the same-day double win over the Yanks in 1916, however, he threw two complete-game victories.
Off the field, ‘Sad Sam’ Jones, mainstay of the pitching staff of the Yanks’ first World Series winning team in 1923, dies at the age of 73.
1962: The M & M boys go back-to-back for the third time in four games when they homer off the Twins’ Camilo Pasqual in the 1st inning of a 7-5 win. Both Mantle and Maris will go long again later in the game. The Mick’s dingers in his first two at bats give in four in succession over two games.
1954: Willie Randolph is born. Happy 56th to one of the all time Yankee greats at second base!
1941: At the Stadium, the Yanks sweep two from the
Philadelphia Athletics, 8-4 and 3-1. Joe DiMaggio hits safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 48 games. Before the game the center field monument to the memory of the recently deceased Lou Gehrig is dedicated: ‘A Man, A Gentleman, and A Great Ball
1933: The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park‚ and‚ appropriately, Babe Ruth is the star‚ though he finished 6th in the voting. Joining the Bambino in representing the Yanks in the starting AL nine are Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez. (Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters.) The Babe strikes out against Lon Warneke‚ but his 2-run homer is the margin of victory in the AL’s 4-2 win. Gomez, the starter and winner‚ also knocks in the game’s first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49‚200 fans who pay $52‚000 in gate receipts.
1928: Urban Shocker (below), who has made only one appearance for the Yankees this year because of health issues, is given his unconditional release by the team.
1920: The Yankees (1920 team photo shown below) set a record by plating 14 runs in the 5th inning of a game with the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. The mark will stand as the most runs ever scored in one inning of a Major League game until 1953, when the Red Sox produce a 17-run frame.
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