7/17 in Yankee History
The red-letter days –
1950: Whitey Ford wins his first Major League game‚ beating the visiting White Sox 4-3. Tom Ferrick closes for New York.
1947: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3-1 and 7-2 to extend their
winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that
of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29‚ in game 2 of a doubleheader with the Senators‚ when they were 3
1/2 games in front; they now lead by 11 1/2.
1941: In front of more than 60‚000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park‚ Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian
pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby‚ plus sensational plays by third baseman Ken Keltner‚ stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edge the Indians
4-3‚ for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.
On other 17ths of July…
2003: Andy Pettitte gets the start, and gives up 4 runs and 7 hits, including a home run to former Yankee Shane Spencer, in 7 innings of work before handing the ball over to Chris Hammond. An Alfonso
Soriano homer in the sixth pulls the Yanks even at 2, but reliever Hammond gives up up two in the seventh, before Derek
Jeter’s two-run blast in the eighth ties things yet again. Hideki
Matsui’s walk-off home run on the second pitch of
the home ninth gives Mariano and the Yankees the win, 5-4.
1996: The Red Sox take a 9-2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in
Boston. New York score 3 in the 7th‚ 2 in the 8th‚ and 4 in the 9th to
move ahead‚ 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their
last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Bo Jackson hits 3 straight homers, the third for career no. 100, then
separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the
bat of Yankee Deioin Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park homer run, but Kansas
City take home a 10-7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (shown below with his father) makes his ML debut‚ pitching an inning of relief against the Bronx Bombers.
1989: In a 7-3 loss to the White Sox, Yankee hurler Dave LaPoint gives up Carlton Fisk’s 2,000th career hit.
1978: In the latest incident in his ongoing feud with manager Billy Martin‚ Reggie Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th
inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up‚ the Yanks lose in the 11th by a final score of 9-7‚ and Martin serves Jackson with a 5-day suspension
without pay. The Royals’ 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium leaves New York
in 4th place‚ 14 games behind the Red Sox.
1977: The Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees at home, with Ken Clay taking the loss. The Bombers have now dropped 7 of their last 9, and are 3 games in back
of the leading Orioles.
1961: The Yankees top the O’s‚ 5-0‚ behind Whitey Ford’s 13th straight win. Mickey Mantle and Moose Skowron hit long home runs at
Baltimore. The nitecap goes into the 5th when‚ with 2 outs and the Yanks
up 4-1‚ a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling
the game‚ thus washing out homers by Mantle and Roger Maris.
1959: Chicago’s Early Wynn and the Yankees’ Ralph Terry match zeroes for 8 innings at the Stadium‚ before Chicago’s Jim McAnany collects the first Sox hit in the 9th. Jim Landis adds a second hit to drive home two runs to give the Sox the
2-0 win. Wynn matched Terry by also allowing just two hits.
1956: Johnny Kucks wins his 4th game in 10 days – 2 starts and 2 relief appearances – beating the Tigers 4-0. It extends the Yanks’ win streak to 11 games and gives Kucks his
14th win – high in the majors. The Yanks will lose a pair tomorrow.
1953: The Yankees use a triple play and 4 DPs to stop the Browns 6-4. Center fielder Irv Noren starts the trip[le-killing with a tumbling catch in the 2nd inning. Gil McDougald scores 4 times on a single‚ double‚ triple and walk.
Allie Reynolds gets the win in relief.
1936: Red Rolfe, Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning homers against Detroit to tie the AL record‚
since topped. New York roll‚ 9-4‚ dropping the Bengals to 4th place.Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.
1934: Babe Ruth draws his 2‚000th base on balls at Cleveland‚ off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of
2‚056. But the Indians jump on 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win 13-5.
1923: Miller Huggins’ antipathy towards Carl Mays surfaces as the manager keeps the him in the entire game against
Cleveland even though the hurler is having a disastrous outing. The Indians light up Mays for 20 hits in the 13-0 win behind George Uhle. Mays’ record over the campaign will be a decent 5-2 in 81 innings‚ but the
Yankees will sell him at the end of the season. Teammates Everett Scott and Wally Pipp protest the Indian scalping of Mays by exiting the dugout.
1920: The Yankees collect 21 hits‚ good for forty bases‚ to starch the White Sox 20-5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and collects a home run‚ a triple‚ and two
singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles‚ while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians
sweeping two from Boston‚ the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.
1903: Cleveland knock Jack Chesbro out of the box in the 6th to easily beat the host New
Yorkers‚ 11-4. Nap Lajoie‚ Elmer Flick have triples for Cleveland and Wid Conroy contributes one for the Highlanders. The Naps’ Bill Bradely
connects for a home run. The drive over the left field fence is ‘the longest hit made at
the new grounds’ according to the New York Herald. Harry Howell (shown below) pitches the last three
innings for the home team‚ holding Cleveland without a run.