7/14 in Yankee History
The red-letter day:
1987: Sophia Shum, ace Yankee fan, property maven, president of the International Andy Pettite Nom Nom Nom Society, and all-around good egg, is born. Happy birthday, Citizen Sophia!
On other 14ths of July…
2010: Before boarding a flight to return to New York following the All-Star Game, Andy Pettitte calls an airport press conference to address persistent Internet rumours regarding his alleged extramarital affair with longtime fervent fan Sophia Shum.
The pair were reportedly spotted at the recently opened Los Angeles Branch of Soho Club (where teammate Alex Rodriguez was recently photographed with current girlfriend Cameron Diaz). While Pettitte acknowledged knowing Ms. Shum, he denied that their relationship was anything other than platonic, and expressed devotion to his wife Laura. Faltering, the veteran lefthander, known for his devout religious convictions, asked for a moment’s pause and then assumed an attitude of prayer, which he maintained for several minutes.
Resuming, Pettitte said “I’ve just had a word from the Lord. My wife Laura has now grown in holiness to the point where she might be raptured at any time. If it happens, I will need a mother for my four children, and a partner – after all, in Genesis chapter 2, verse 18, God says ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. In the event that Laura is bodily assumed into heaven, I would be more than happy to consider Sophia for my earthly bride.” The Yankee ace then thanked the assembled journalists and boarded the airplane without further comment.
2006: The Yankees edge the White Sox 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2
seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40
years. Contreras’ last loss came August 15 of last season. longtime Yankee fan favourite Kyle Farnsworth (below), in relief of Randy Johnson, gets the win.
2002: Mariano Rivera shows one of his occasional flashes of mortality, surrendering a walkoff grand slam to Cleveland’s Bill Selby, as the Tribe rally for 6 runs in the 9th inning.
1988: Whitey Witt, starting center fielder on the Yankees’ first World Series championship club of 1923 (and pennant winner of 1922) dies at the age of 92.
1964: Baltimore’s Bob Johnson sets a Major league record by delivering his sixth straight pinch hit in a game against the Yankees, but the Bombers win anyway, 4-3.
1957: Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron of the Yanks hits an ML-record 2nd pinch-hit grand slam of
the season‚ off Jim Wilson of the White Sox‚ in the 2nd game of a
doubleheader. Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score 6 runs
to win 6-4. The White Sox take the first game 3-1.
1956:At the Stadium‚ New York edges the Indians in 10 innings in Cleveland‚ 5-4. Mickey Mantle deposits a Herb Score fastball in the Indians’ bullpen in the 3rd inning.
1939:The Yankees tie an AL record by registering only one assist, as Red Ruffing tames the Tigers 8-3.
1934: In Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him
lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves
the game‚ and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest‚ 12-11‚ to regain
the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s
had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3‚ while Babe Ruth and Frank Crosetti
chip in with homers. Firpo Marberry beats Burleigh Grimes.
Off the field, an uncredited writer in today’s issue of the New York Times predicts that Babe Ruth’s record of 700 home runs will never be broken. (In 40 years’ time, Henry Aaron will beg to differ.)
1930: At Comiskey Park‚ the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the second game by Bob Shawkey‚ 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game‚ while Babe Ruth, nursing a sore hand‚ contributes a two run single in the
opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
1908: Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, Yankee bullpen star who amassed 104 saves for the club between 1932 and 1946, is born.
1874: Jesse Tannehill, who won 15 games for the NY Highlanders in their first year of existence (1903) is born.