July 2010

7/11 in Yankee History

2010: Bob Sheppard, former public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, dies at the age of 99.


Bob Sheppard became the announcer for the New York Yankees in 1951,
and over the decades became as much a part of the Yankee Stadium
experience as the Number 4 train rattling past the right field
bleachers. Mr. Sheppard never missed an Opening Day until 2006, when
illness kept him out of the announcer’s box. In late March 2009, with
their home opener in the new Yankee Stadium approaching, the team
announced that Mr. Sheppard had bronchitis and that substitutes would
handle two exhibition games scheduled for April 4 and 5.

In March 2008, George Vecsey described Mr. Sheppard and his impact on
the game:

Robert Leo Sheppard has been a highlight of any trip to the big
ballyard in the Bronx since opening day, April 17, 1951, when he
announced the name of Joe DiMaggio right after the youngster playing
right field, Mickey Mantle. Roger or Reggie or Bernie might not hit a
home run on any given day, but Sheppard would deliver the starting
lineups, in a voice that would make everybody else in the joint sound
like we were Archie or Edith Bunker speaking some other language.

It is a voice that makes rowdies stop in their tracks. He made an
impromptu appeal to common sense to quiet a restive Yankee crowd back in
the ’70s, and on Wednesday he recalled another spontaneous announcement
at a Giants football game in Yankee Stadium in the late ’50s when
inebriated fans wandered onto the field with four or five minutes left
in the game.

“Jack Mara ran up to me and said, ‘Make them stop,'” Sheppard
recalled, referring to the former president of the Giants. So Sheppard
told the mob: “If you do not stop, the Giants will forfeit the game. Is
that clear? The Giants will forfeit the game.” It must have been clear,
because the fans wobbled back into the stands, and the Giants won the

“After the game, one of the reporters asked, ‘Is that a rule?'”
Sheppard recalled yesterday. “I said, ‘It’s Sheppard’s Rule.'” And
nobody argues those rules.

The players want to make the majors just to hear Sheppard announce
their names. Reggie Jackson still hasn’t gotten over hearing Sheppard,
on a busman’s holiday, do a guest inning in Anaheim, Calif., back in the
late ’70s. Reggie, in the on-deck circle, nearly flipped, hearing that
voice 3,000 miles from home.


R.I.P. Bob.

2000: The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game‚ beating the
National League‚ 6-3. Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP
honors‚ while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.



1959: Frank Gilhooley, who played in the Yankee outfield from 1913 through 1918, dies at age 67.



1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range into the upper deck in right‚
as New York top Cleveland 11-3.



1957: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th‚ then wins it in
the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers‚ and is hitting ‚370 for the
first-place Yanks. Chicago trail by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees
will lose tomorrow‚ 4-2‚ with Mantle hitting another homer.

1946: The Yankees sell Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45‚ but
lost his job when the vets returned.


1945: Yankee catcher Aaron Robinson returns from the military. Ruffing is back as well, along with Charlie Keller. More than two dozen former ML players will be
in uniform before the season is over.


1939: With another Yankee-dominated lineup‚ the AL defeats the NL 3-1 in the
7th All-Star Game‚ at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio excites the partisan crowd with a 5th-inning homer.
Cincinnati outfielder Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball.



1927: The Yankees beat Detroit 8-5‚ as Lou Gehrig belts his 29th homer of the year‚ tying him with Babe Ruth for the
league. Waite Hoyt picks up the win over Lil Stoner. 



1922: In the first of 4 games at the Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the first-place Browns‚
2-1‚ as the Browns hand New York two ‘home runs.’ Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken
Williams and goes into the left field stands for a homer. In the 6th, Jim Tobin
makes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the right field foul line, allowing Ruth to take second.
The Babe continues to third, and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into
the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.



1921: At Chicago‚ Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Bob Meusel and
Babe Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Rip Collins‚ 4-0. For Ruth it is his 32nd
homer of the season, and he has now homered in every AL park this year.
Later at Comiskey Park‚ robbers blow off the door of the safe and make
off with $3‚000‚ mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow‚ the New York
Times says‚ ‘Owner Charles Comiskey <below> denied reports that the safe
contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on



1904: The Highlanders salvage the last game of a 4-game series with the Boston Americans with a 10-1 drubbging of the visitors‚ but the Beantowners leave New York with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty (below) has 4 of New York’s 17 hits.


7/10 in Yankee History

2004: Old Timers Day in the Bronx is all about Thurman Munson, as this year marks the 25thy anniversary of the death of the ’70s Yankees captain. Fourteen of Thurman’s teammates
join his widow Diana (shown below) on the mound – one of them, Lou Piniella, is wearing the opposing team’s uniform, since he is the manager of the visiting Devil Rays. Jon Lieber allows two quick tallies on singles by the
first three Tampa players and a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly. After that, Lieber stiffens, and holds the line until an 2-run A-Bomb ties off Dewon Brazelton ties it in the home fourth. Derek Jeter’s bases-clearing three-run double three innings later makes the difference in the 6-3 Yankee win.



1999: In a thrilling interleague matchup at Shea, the Yankees’ streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8
innings comes to an end when Matt Franco’s 2-out pinch single in the bottom of the 9th off the suddenly mortal Mariano Rivera drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a
9-8 win.



1997. Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his Major league debut as the Yankees roll over the Tigers 10-3.

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1987: At the Stadium‚ Don mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam on the fireman’s first pitch to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over



1977: The AL East lead changes hands once again, as the Yankees drop into second behind the Red Sox after a 5-0 loss to the Orioles and lefty Ross Grimsley. 



1956: Joe Giard, who was acquired mid-season in 1927 to shore up the Yankee bullpen and finished his brief career at the end of the regular campaign, dies at the age of 57. 



1955: Despite giving up two solo homers to Mickey Mantle‚ the Nats’ Dean Stone holds on
for a 6-4 win in Washington in the  first game of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers
the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit‚ then later adds a double. In the nitecap‚
Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win‚ 8-3.



1947: At Sportsman’s Park, Yankee relief pitcher Joe Page stops the Browns, and then provides the margin of victory himself with a 9th inning homer as the Yankees win 4-3. 



1936: The Bombers unload on the Indians 18-0, as Red Ruffing coasts to the complete game win. Lloyd Brown, the first of the Tribe hurlers, is the loser. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers to
take over the AL lead with 23.



1934:  The 2nd annual All Star Game witnesses Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out
five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning,
Hubbell uses his screwball to
fan Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the
second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL leading 4 – 0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Lon Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo and Dizzy Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five
shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe ‘Ducky’ Medwick hit homers. Earl Averill’s three RBI
are decisive for the 9-7 AL victory.



1927; Murderers’ Row stumbles briefly on their march to the pennant as Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals second, third and home ithe 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over
the Yankees.



1917: Coming off a suspension, Yankee righthander Ray Caldwell (shown below) pitches
9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief‚ picking up a 7-5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He
celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of one Mrs.
Lucy Dick when he was visiting. He is arrested for larceny.


7/09 in Yankee History

2002: In a controversial finish, the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. The Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano homers for the junior circuit in the contest. 

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2000:  Not only do the Yanks lose to the Mets at Shea, as Andy Pettitte is outduelled by Mike Hampton 2-0, but they lose Shane Spencer for the rest of the season as the outfielder damages his knee when he stumbles making a catch.



1999: The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig when he made his ‘luckiest man on earth’ speech
on July 4‚ 1939 is sold for $451‚541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman
Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame
first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his
name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone.


1986: The Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson, who had had become the target of such fan abuse in New York
that manager Lou Piniella  would no longer pitch him at the Stadium.


1985: Despite giving up 9 hits and striking out only one batter, Ron Guidry wins his 10th straight decision, beating the Royals, 6-4.



1972: The Yankees beat the Twins 9-6‚ even though Rich Reese of Minnesota triers a Major League record by hitting the third pinch grand slam of his career, off Lindy McDaniel.



1960: Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins‚ and 14
straight over two seasons‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-5. The Sox
are lead by Vic Wertz, who drives in 4 runs with a homer, a double and a single. Coates’ ML record is 17-2.



1958: In front of the Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly‚ U.S. Senators
are treated to a long‚ rambling, barely comprehensible discourse on
baseball and America by Casey Stengel. When Stengel finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and the Yankee centerfielder deadpans,
“My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” Manager and player
return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians 13-2.


1955: Bob Turley and the Yanks prevail over the Washington Senators,
with Mickey Mantle’s 5 for 5 day providing the motor for the offense. Bullet Bob tosses a two-hit shutout in the 4-0 win.



1937: Joe DiMaggio goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers in addition to a triple‚
double and single, leading New York to a 16-2 trouncing of the Senators.
Lou Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all
between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the pair goes
back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When
Powell took his place in left field after the incident he was showered with
pop bottles.



1936: The temperature is 106*F in Central Park‚ the hottest July 9 in New York City in the 20th century, as the Yankees host the Indians at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102*F. The Yanks score 4
in the 1st inning‚ but Cleveland come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits‚
including 5 homers‚ to win 11-4. Hal Trosky‚ Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits
another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill
also homer.



1932: At the Stadium, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman has two inside-the-park homers and  6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a
doubleheader with Detroit.The Yanks win 14-9, completing the sweep after taking first game 7-6‚ home run heroics provided by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Sewell.



1929: Hector Lopez, early ’60s Yankee outfielder, and member of the ’61 and ’62 championship teams, is born. Happy 81st, Hector!



1927: At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 19-7
driveby of the Tigers in the opening game of a twinbill. Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe‚ going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases. The Bengals bounce right back in the nitecap, thrashing the Yanks 14-4.



1919: The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak‚ beating New York’s Bob Shawkey 2-0‚ to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they
don’t stop Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game. Peck‚
who is leading the AL in hitting‚ will go hitless tomorrow.


1874: Jack Powell, who won 23 games for the New York Highlanders in 1904, is born.



7/08 in Yankee History


  A superb Andy Pettitte blanks Scott Kazmir
and the Rays 5-0 at the Stadium, allowing just four hits
and no walks while striking out five in eight innings of work. Melky Cabrera homers,
and Derek Jeter, one of five Yankees with multiple hits, doubles in two. Reggie
Jackson gets the honour of moving the indicator of contests
remaining in the old Yankee Stadium from 34 to 33 in the fifth inning. 



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Mets phenom Dwight Gooden and send him into action against his old team – he beats them 4-2 in Flushing on the day game of a two-borough, day/night
doubleheader. Roger Clemens tops the Mets by the same score in the
evening contest in the Bronx. It was in this game that the Rocket levels Mike
Piazza with a pitch off the batting helmet, igniting bad blood
between the teams and their fans.


David Justice, Shane Spencer, and Scott
Brosius single for one fifth-inning run, and then Chuck Knoblauch, the day after his 32nd birthday, follows with a homer off Glendon Rusch for
the winner.


1994: Though it will be another 10 years before he puts on the pinstripes, a promising rookie by the name of Alex Rodriguez makes his Major League debut today with the Mariners, going 0 for 3 in 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.


1984: Kevin Russo is born. Happy 26th to the rookie!


The good news is that  Billy Martin earns his 1,000th career managerial victory in a game involving the Yankees… 
The bad news is that he is currently at the helm of the Oakland A’s,
who present him with the landmark win at the expense of the Bombers, 6-3.




An ace in Cincinnati, Don
has been plagued with arm troubles since signing with the Yankees this
year. Nevertheless, the lefty wins his 7th game of the campaign thus
far, asThurman Munson and
Graig Nettles homer in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.




Yankee shortstop Jim
Mason ties a major-league record by doubling four
times in a 12-5 win over Texas.



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–> Mickey Mantle homers
in both games against the Senators; the second-game blast
off Jim Hannan carries over the Monuments into the bleachers in center,
to a measured 461 feet. The teams split the two games, 7-6 for Washington in the opener, then 7-5
New York. Unfortunately, Mantle injures a hamstring in the second contest, and
will be out two weeks



1969: Red Rolfe, the only starting third baseman in Yankee history thuis far to have played his entire career with the club, dies at the age of 60.



1962: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-8 victory and regain first place, a position they will hold for the rest of the year. Bobby Richardson, Tom Tresh and Hector Lopez homer, and Whitey Ford picks up the his 7th win.




The AL beats the NL
in the All Star Game 4-3. with Gil McDougald’s 6th inning single providing the margin of victory 
for the junior circuiters.
Incidentally, this is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.


1951: As a feud

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of a game with the Red Sox. Red-hot Clyde Vollmer hits a
two-run home, and Boston prevail 6-3.



1927: The Yanks split with the Tigers‚ losing the opener 11-8‚ then outslugging the
Bengals in the nitecap to win 10-8. babe Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap‚ a 3-run
inside-the-park job to deep center‚ to back George Pipgras’ pitching. The booming drive off Don Hankins ricochets off the wall past center fielder Heinie Manush and
the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner
goes all
the way for Detroit in the opener‚ getting the win in spite of allowing 14 hits. Lou Gehrig‚ leading the
AL with a .401 average‚ has 4 hits for the afternoon‚ but his longest is a


1920: At the Polo Grounds, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6‚ hits a pinch single in the 9th
to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit
streak to 12 games‚ while Babe Ruth‚ who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple‚ runs
his hit streak to 22 games. New York score one in the 9th but lose 4-3.



1910: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home on the next pitch. New York go on to beat the White Sox 13-4.

7/07 in Yankee History

2007: The 61st Annual Old Timers’ Game takes place at the Stadium. 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius takes part for the first time, and joins Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Leyritz and Brian Doyle. In the game that follows,  Roger Clemens mkakes one of his best starts of the year, matching Anaheim ace John Lackey by allowing one run on five hits through eight frames. But in the top of the 12th, Brian Bruney surrenders a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick, and a double error by Miguel Cairo at first on a bunt play gives up  the deciding run in a 2-1 loss.



2005: A familiar pattern continues to develop as the Yankees place Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.


 In other roster changes, backup infielder Rey Sanchez is transferred from
the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. And although his initial
two-week stay in the bigs would not be good, the purchase of the
contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from AAA Columbus
would prove to be a good move for the club.


Bernie Williams makes his Major League debut. Though the Yankees fall to the Orioles 5-3, the rookie displays his
strengths by driving in one run from each side of the plate. After delivering
one tally on a sac fly off lefty starter Jeff Ballard, Bernie strokes an rbi single
off righthanded closer Greg Olson in the ninth inning.




The numerologists would have a field day… Trailing the Twins 7-0 in the 7th inning on 7/7/87, the Yanks score 7 runs to tie it.  Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson homer
and Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Claudell Washington, and Gary
Ward single in succession, for 7 straight safeties. A Claudell Washington home run highlights the five-run
eighth that follows, and the Bombers emerge with a 12-7 victory.



1982: Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, third baseman for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 85.




Ron Guidry’s historic winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell, who shuts out the Yankees 6-0 on. This is the second of
three shutouts the Brewer lefty will record against the Bombers this year, and sends
Gator’s record ‘plummeting’ to 13-1.



1977: Catfish Hunter

four-hits the Indians for an
8-2 win, completing a three-game series sweep
at the Stadium.




Mel Stottlemyre pitches well, but gets a no-decision as his undergunned Yankee mates fail to provide much run support against the Orioles. Stot leaves the game in the eighth with the score tied at 2, and
Lindy McDaniel allowed a Brooks Robinson 10th-inning grand slam
for a 6-2 Baltimore walkoff win.

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1968: Chuck Knoblauch is born. Happy 42nd to one of the standouts from the Torre glory years!



1966: Mired in a 1 for 17 slump, Mickey Mantle comes up in the bottom of the 9th with the Yankees tied with the Red Sox 2-2. The Mick belts a 3-run homer for the walkoff win. 




At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox connects for a grand slam to chase Yankee starter Allie Reynold. The final score is 10-4 for Boston, with Ellis Kinder going the route for the win. Mickey
Mantle’s leadoff blast in the 9th completes the New York scoring . 




Lou Gehrig leads the AL to victory in the All Star Game, pacing the junior circuit attack with 4 RBI on a home run and a double.



1915: Connie Mack’s ‘fire sale’ in Philadelphia continues, as the A’s sell Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000. Shawkey will go on to win 175 games in pinstripes.



Jack Chesbro is
bested by the Boston Americans 4-1 at Hilltop Park for one of only 6 losses the Highlander ace will suffer in a season in which he establishes a Major League record of 41 victories that still stands.


1903: In a game with the Highlanders in New York, White Sox outfielder Danny Green is called out at first in a close play by arbiter John Sheridan (shown below). After returning to the
bench, the Chicago player continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits
Green in the head with his mask.The offended player then punches the umpire, who is taken from the
grounds in handcuffs and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later he is
released after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.


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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7/05 in Yankee History

2009: The Yankees win at the Stadium, though far from gracefully. Battering Toronto rookie Brett Cecil for seven runs, and the soon-to-retire B.J. Ryan for three more, they will need almost all those runs, as Joba Chamberlain allows eight of his own, even if all five runs in the top of the third are unearned after a Cody Ransom (below) error. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada collect four hits each, and Hideki Matsui homers and drives in 4 in the 10-8 triumph.  



2000: Andy Pettitte cruises through the first 5 innings, but things turn ugly in the 6th when the Orioles push 6 runs across on 7 hits and a walk off the starter and relievers Jason Grimsley and Mike Stanton before Jeff Nelson finally restores order. The Yanks, who had built a 4-0 lead on homers by Scott Brosius and Derek Jeter, now trail. Fortunately, the Bomber offense is operating at full throttle, and answer back with a six-spot of their own in the home half of the 6th, on their way to a 12-6 win.


1999: Facing the Orioles at the Stadium, Andy Pettitte is on less than top form, allowing 8 hits (including homers by Cal Ripken and B.J. Surhoff) and walking 5 in 6 innings of work, as Mike Mussina and the visitors roll, 9-1.



1966: Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland is born. Happy birthday, Dave!


1961: In the course of a 6-0 victory over the Indians,  Roger Maris is
erroneously credited with an RBI single along with the RBI he earned
for a home run. The error will  be discovered and rectified in 1995, and
since then, the record book has reflected that Maris and the Orioles’ Jim Gentile were
co-leaders of the American League in RBI for the 1961 season.



1951: ’70s Yankee closer and Hall of Famer Rich Gossage is born. Happy 59th to the Goose!



1950: Tommy Byrne gives up six hits, walks six and hits four batters in five innings of work, but still manages to salvage the win as the Yanks beats the Athletics 12-8. It’s Cliff Mapes (shown below) to the rescue, as the last Yankee player to wear Babe Ruth’s old no. 3 before it was retired drives in five runs with a home run and a single.


1943: Curt ‘Clank’ Blefary, (the nickname was bestowed on him by Frank Robinson for his less than stellar glovework in the outfield) Yankee benchplayer in 1970 and ’71 during a journeyman career, is born.



1937: Joe DiMaggio hits first Major League grand slam, off Rube Walberg, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox. The Yankees prevail by scores of 15-0 and 8-4.



1934: Lou Gehrig hits the 17th of his 23 career grand slams, this one an inside-the-park job, in an 8-3 win over the Senators



1930: Yankee Stadium plays host to its first Negro League games, as the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black
Sox split a doubleheader before a crowd of 20,000. Baltimore’s Herb ‘Rap Dixon’ homers three times, while the Giants’ Chino Smith goes long twice and triples. 


1917: In the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Senators at the Polo Grounds, Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a 13th-inning shot to deep center off Walter Johnson, and motors around the bases for an inside-the-park game winner. It is his fifth career homer against the Hall of Fame bound Washington ace. The Senators win
the first game, 2-1.


1905: Thanks in part to 9 Boston errors, the Highlanders roll 8-3. Bill Hogg (shown below in a 1908 spring training photo, fourth from the left in the front row) gets the win for the visiting New Yorkers.


7/04 in Yankee History

The red-letter days – 

1983:  In action against the Red
Sox at the Stadium, Dave Righetti throws the first Yankee no-hitter
since Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, and the first by
a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge threw the Bombers’ first-ever
(from either side) in 1917. Righetti strikes out Yankee nemesis Wade
Boggs (who will eventually earn a ring in the Bronx in 1996), to end
the game (final score 4-0



1939: Lou Gehrig makes the ‘Luckiest man on the face of the earth’ speech. 


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In the doubleheader that follows, the Yankees gain a split, falling in the opener 3-2, but rebounding strongly in the nitecap with an 11-1 win.



On other 4ths of July… 

2009: The Blue Jays are in town for the Independence Day game at the Stadium. Adam Lind’s sixth inning home run keys a three-run rally that gives Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay the lead over Chien-Ming Wang, and then Johnny Damon’s two-run,
seventh-inning blast ties it at 5-5. Phil Hughes, Mariano and Phil Coke hold the visitors at bay for five frames, and veteran Brett Tomko (below) gets the victory when Jorge Posada singles in A-Rod for the 6-5 walkoff win in the bottom of the 12th.



1996: The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry.


1988: Texas knuckleballer Charlie Hough strikes out four Yankees in the opening frame, but the Bombers shrug it off and go on to rout the Rangers 13-2.



1984: Yankee veteran Phil Niekro (below) gets his 3,000th strikeout when he fans Billy Sample in a 5-0 blanking of the Rangers. The knuckleballer goes 8 innings, and Jay Howell finishes up.



1977: The Yanks maintain a one-game lead over the Red Sox, riding home runs by Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles to a 7-5 victory at home over the Indians. 



1964: Mickey Mantle’s three-run eighth-inning blast off Minnesota’s Al Worthington resulted in a come from behind 7-5 win in the opening game of doubleheader. The Bombers will take the nitecap as well, 2-1.


After falling to the Kansas City Athletics 11-1 in the first of two, the Yanks recover to win the nightcap as Mickey Mantle homers
his last two times up in the 7-3 win. After a day off on the 5th, the Mick will
homer his first two times to the plate in the next game, giving him his third
and fourth dingers in succession as the Yanks do battle in Minnesota. 


1960: Mickey Mantle hits the 300th
home run of his career, a three-run shot off Hal Woodeshick in the
first inning of a game with the Senators. The Yanks will come up short,
however, losing 9-8.



1959: Bob Turley tosses a one-hitter for a 7-0 shutout in the opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. The Yanks will also take the nitecap 10-6. The star of the day, though, is Tony Kubek, who goes 8-for-10 in the
twinbill, including 2 doubles and 3 RBI. 



1954: Jim Beattie, Yankee pitcher in 1978-79 and winner of the pivotal 5th game of the 1978 World Series, is born. Happy 56th, Jim!



1948: John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, is born. Happy 62nd to Mr ‘It is high, it is far, it is… caught’ !


1932: The Yanks drop a doubleheader to the Senators, 5-3 and 12-6. In the second game, Washington’s Carl Reynolds bowls over Bill Dickey on a successful squeeze play. After rising from the dust, the Yankee backstop breaks Reynolds’ jaw with one punch. Dickey is suspended for 30 days – supposedly the length of his target’s recuperation – and assessed a $1‚000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360
but will end the season at .305.



1930: George Steinbrenner is born. Happy 80th to the Boss!


1925: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium,  Herb Pennock (below) duels Lefty Grove of the A’s for 15 innings, and outlasts him for the 1-0 win. The A’s take the nitecap 8-5.



1884: Jack Warhop, Yankee pitcher from 1908 to 1915 (and who gave up Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run) is born.



7/03 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1922: Bob Meusel, already the first Yankee to hit for the cycle, turns the trick again in a 12-1 win over the A’s. Long Bob’s homer is back-to-back with one by Babe Ruth, as Carl Mays beats Philadelphia for the 22nd time in a row.



On other 3rds of July…

1998: Joe Torre lets Andy Pettitte throw 143 pitches in a 3-2 complete game victory over the Orioles at the Stadium. Chad Curtis knots the game at two with a fourth-inning home run off Mike Mussina, and
the Yankee leftfielder also scores the walkoff winner in the 9th behind Scott Brosius’ single off Jesse Orosco. 



1978: Yaz singles twice and doubles, and Dennis Eckersley gets the win over Ed Figueroa as the Red Sox beat the Bombers 9-5 at Fenway. The third-place Yanks now fall eight games off the pace.



1977: In the opening game of a twinbill at the Stadium, Roy White comes through with an 8th inning double to break a scoreless tie with the Tigers and give Ron Guidry a 2-0 win. It is Louisiana Lightning’s second straight complete-game shutout.  The Tigers come roaring back in the second game for a 10-6 victory.



1967: Brian Cashman is born. Happy 43rd to our GM!


1966: Mickey Mantle hits three home runs in consecutive times at bat for the
second time in the same week when he goes yard in the first and the Yanks take a 5-0 lead over the Senators. It takes Bobby Richardson’s 11th-inning
home run, however, to close out the 6-5 Yankee win. 



1962: The Yankees squeak by the A’s 8-7, on the strength of five
homers. Bobby Richardson accounts for one, and Roger maris hits two, but it is Mickey Mantle’s second of two, in the eighth, that plates
the winning run.


1960: In doubleheader action against the Tigers in the Bronx, Ryne Duren preserves the first-game, 7-6 win in front of a 50,000-plus crowd 
by striking Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two out in the
ninth. Mickey Mantle’s three-run blast carries the Yanks to a second-game 6-2
victory and the sweep.



1951: Former Yankee reliever Hugh Casey, who made a critical contribution to New York fortunes in the stretch run of the 1949 pennant race, commits suicide at the age of 37. Casey is best remembered in Yankee lore, however, for game four of the 1941 World Series, when he was on the mound for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the bottom of the 9th, Dodger catcher Mickey Owen was unable to handle strike
three from Casey with two outs. Given new life, the Bombers took the
game and the series



1950: Ever willing to shuffle the lineup, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. DiMag handles 13 chances flawlessly,
but is unhappy, especially since the Senators win, 7-2. The experiment will not be repeated.


1932: In the first ever Sunday game at Fenway, the Yankees own the Red Sox, 13-2  George Pipgras goes the distance for the Bombers. 



1914: In Philadelphia, the A’s Chief Bender (below) and Bob Shawkey combine for a double whitewashing of the Yanks, 2-0 and 1-0. 


Off the field, Buddy Rosar, backup catcher for the Yankee championship clubs of 1939 and 1941, is born.



7/02 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

1941: Joe DiMaggio becomes the sole owner of the record for longest hitting streak in Major League history. With a homer off Boston’s Dick Newsome at the Stadium, the Yankee Clipper extends his streak to 45 games, eclipsing Wee Willie Keeler’s long-standing mark that he had tied the day before. The blast also contributes to an 8-4 win.



On other 2nds of July…

2008: Right-handed journeyman Sydney Ponson seems headed for a loss when two-run,
sixth-inning homers by Milton Bradley and Kris Davis give the
Rangers a 7-6 lead at the Stadium, but the first five Yanks
to bat in the seventh score. 8 runs will come across in the frame, and 3 more in the 8th, to carry them to an 18-7 win. Jason Giambi drives in six with a grand slam
and a two-run double, Bobby Abreu (below) and A-Rod deliver
three RBI each, and Johnny Damon has three hits, and scores three times while driving in two. 



1978: After the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium,  Ron Guidry is now off to the best start of any pitcher in Yankee history, having bested the Tigers 3-2 to raise his record to 13-0. Controversy arises when Detroit  outfielder Mickey Stanley waits for a fan
interference call on a long drive by Mickey Rivers that never comes, and Rivers legs out an
inside-the-park home run to tie the game at two. Goose Gossage gets the win in the nitecap as the Yanks gain a walkoff win, 5-3.



1970: The Yankees fall to the Tigers and Joe Niekro 5-0. Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hit bid by the Detroit knuckleballer with a single in the 9th, the third time this month that the Yankee second baseman has spoilt a no-no with a safety in the final inning.



1966: The struggles of the Yankees (who are heading for their first last-place finish in 54 years) are reflected in the fortunes of Whitey Ford, who continues to be winless so far in the campaign. Washington’s Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit back-to-back-to-back homers against the fading lefty on the way to a 10-4 victory. Mike McCormick gets the complete-game win for the Senators.

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1962: In a game with the A’s at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle walks in three out of his four In  trips to the plate. He takes advantage of the one good pitch he sees to blast it into the upper deck, helping the Yanks to an 8-4 win.



1946: With nearly 70,000 in attendance at the Stadium, Yankee hurler Spud Chandler gets off to a shaky start, walking nine Red Sox batters in the first four innings. Still, he carries a no-hitter into the 9th, when Bobby Doerr singles with one out, and then closes the door for a 2-1 victory.



1943: Nice effort, shame about the 4th inning… The
Indians score all 12 of their runs during that frame in a 12-0 win over the
Yankees. The roof falls in on New York starter Marius Russo (shown below), who takes his third loss of the year without a win.  



1938: Hal Reniff, pitcher for the ’62 Yankees World Championship team, and member of the ’63 and ’64 pennant winners, is born. Happy 72nd, Hal!



1922: The Yankees beat the A’s 9-3. Two of Philadelphia’s 3 runs come on solo home runs by outfielder Tilly Walker (shown below), who will finish the year with 37 round-trippers, two more than Babe Ruth’s total.



1906: After losing the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s 5-4, the Highlanders win by forfeit  for the first time in franchise history, 5-1. 



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