7/12 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
1951: At Cleveland‚ Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland 1-0 for the first of
his two no-hitters this season.Gene Woodling’s 7th inning home run off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1-0 game. It is the 3rd game in a
row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland. The Chief’s no-hitter is
the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson’s in 1938. New York take the nitecap as well behind Vic Raschi, as Joe DiMaggio clinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.
On other 12ths of July…
2008: Bobby Murcer dies after a long battle with cancer.
2000: The Yankees obtain pitcher Denny Neagle and outfielder Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for third baseman Drew Henson and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.
1989: Ron Guidry announces his retirement.
1987: The Yankees trade pitcher Bob Tewksbury and 2 minor league pitchers to the Cubs for Steve Trout‚ who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts.
1977: Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Brewers.
The win stops the Yanks’ losing streak at 3 games.
1962: The Senators send first baseman Dale Long (shown below during his tenure with the Pirates) to the Yankees for outfielder Don Lock. Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.
1959: NBC uses outfield TV cameras with 80-inch lenses to show the catchers’
signals during a Yankees-Red Sox game. Announcers Phil Rizzuto and Mel Allen (shown below) are invariably correct in calling the signals of Yogi Berra and Sammy White. Commissioner Ford Frick will request that they halt its use
during future Game of the Week broadcasts. It doesn’t help New York, who have dropped their last 3 games to the host Red Sox. Boston win today 7-3.
1952: At the Stadium, the Browns’ bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of ‘Scrap Iron’ when he slides
hard into Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th
inning‚ Courtney tries to knock over Yogi Berra in a play at home‚ and in the
8th he gets tagged in the face by Martin‚ again at second base.
Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is
decked. Courtney is the only player ejected‚ but the AL hands out a
record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail‚ 5-4‚ in 11
innings‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.
1930: The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the
White Sox‚ 11-6‚ and gain a split on the day. Chicago win the opener‚
11-7. In the second game‚ the Sox score 4 in the 7th‚ but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning‚ Ruffing launches
a homer into the right field stands to start a New York rally. Babe Ruth, just coming off a 3-day suspension‚ collects three singles in the two
games. The New York Times reports that ‘during lulls in the activity‚
small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him‚
provoking the umpires’ displeasure.’ The hitting honours for the day
belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits‚ including two doubles and a homer. His
three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball‚ then overthrows third. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unload ten
runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons’ pitching.
1927: Babe Ruth breaks an 0-for-14 drought by banging his 30th homer of the
year in the 9th. Babe is now a homer ahead of Lou Gehrig. Behind Urban Shocker’s shutout‚ the Yanks coast to a 7-0 win over the Indians.
1922: Hub Pruett fans babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York‚ 7-4. Two bases-loaded
singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be
rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14th to stay a half game
1921: In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR‚ passing the record of 136 held by 19th-century star Roger Connor. He adds a double as the Yanks win‚ 6-4.
1912: In a 4-1 Yankee win over the Browns‚ New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhops’ 2nd steal of home in
1911:Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte‚ has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run
double and another double in one inning‚ then piles on a sacrifice fly
and a grand slam‚ to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx knocks in 9 in a game in 1933. New York defeat the Browns‚ 12-2.
1905: Jack Doyle (shown below) makes what is possibly the least auspicious debut in Highlander/Yankee annals. A veteran signed the previous day to be a substitute on Hal Chase’s days off, the new first baseman makes two three-run errors that account for all the opposition scoring, as the Tigers beat New York 6-5. Doyle’s first game with the denizens of Hilltop Park will also be his last, both with the club and in the Majors.