8/14 in Yankee History
2002: The Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals 3-2 in 14 innings. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.
1990: California post a 9-5 win over the Yankees, the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia. Yankee right fielder Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an inside-the-park salami in 2 weeks’ time.
1977: The Yankees amass 15 hits‚ including homers by Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles‚ to swamp the Angels 15-3. Dick Tidrow allows just 2 hits in 6 innings for the win.
1969: In a 3-2 Yankee win over the White Sox, Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th‚ then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss while Jack Aker is the winner.
1966: The Yanks sweep two from the Indians‚ winning the opener 7-3 and the nitecap 6-4. The
Indians help in the second game by making six errors in one inning‚ one
short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a homer‚ off lefty Jack Kralick, but he’ll sit the next 12 days after reinjuring his knee.
1960: The Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington and fall to third place in the AL‚ 1/2 game behind the Orioles and the White Sox. Pitcher Camilo Pascual’s grand slam is the difference in a 5-4 first-game win. In the second, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs‚ jogs to first on a grounder to third. The Senators turn a double play, with Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at second. Maris will miss 18 games as a result. Mantle is roundly booed‚ and Casey Stengel replaces him with Bob Cerv. The clubs set an ML record by using 17 pinch hitters – 9 by the Yankees – in
the doubleheader (more than 18 innings)‚ while playing a record 24
1956: With President Dwight Eisenhower in attendance‚ Mickey Mantle is 3-for-3‚ including a
long homer to left‚ to lead New York to a 12-2 home win against Boston.
Mantle is 13 games ahead of the Babe‚ and is hitting .380. Ted Williams completes the three-game set hitting .393.
1955: At Baltimore‚ the Yanks overcome a muddy ball field‚ the result of
Hurricane Connie passing through‚ and top the Orioles 7-2 in the opener of a twinbill. Mickey Mantle hits a
2-run homer in the 4th to help defeat Eddie Lopat‚ sent to the O’s two
weeks ago. The Bombers rev up the offense in the nitecap to administer a 20-6 whipping to the Birds.
1954: After a two-inning Old-Timer’s game‚ the Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 3-1. The win goes to Ralph Branca (below), who gets his first and only decision in a Yankee uniform. The Old-Timers match features 18 Hall of Famers‚ and is won by the AL on Joe DiMaggio’s 3-run homer off Carl Hubbell. Mel Ott has a homer for the NL‚ which is helped by Ted Williams who goes 1-for-1.
1950: Jim Mason, backup shortstop for the Yankees in 1975 and ’76, is born. His pinch-hit homer in the 1976 World Series made him the only player to date whose sole WS plate appearance was a round-tripper. Happy 60th, Jim!
1942: The Yankees turn a Major League record 7 double plays in an 11-2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following third strikes‚ three are started by the DP combo of Phil Rizzuto and Joe Gordon (below)‚ reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another‚ and third sacker Red Rolfe initiates one. The 7 twin killings give the Yankees 150 on the year; they’ll
finish with 190‚ just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark of 194 that they set
1934: The largest weekday crowd in Major league history – 77‚000 – watch as the Tigers sweep a pair at the Stadium‚ winning 9-5 and 7-3. Schoolboy Rowe tops Red Ruffing in the nitecap 7-3 for his 13th win in a row. Rowe allows just 4
hits‚ including Lou Gehrig’s 37th homer of the campaign. Charlie Gehringer has a round-tripper in each game to
lead the Tigers to their 14th win in a row. The Yanks now trail by 6 1/2
1929: It’s Charlie Gehringer Day in Detroit‚ and the popular second baseman expresses his gratitude by handling 10 chances in the field‚
hitting 3 singles and a home run, and stealing home in a 17-13 win over the Yankees.
1928: The Babe hits his 44th homer on the first pitch of the afternoon that he sees, but the White Sox tie it in the third en route to a 5-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Ruth is now
13 games ahead of last year’s pace.
1919: With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th‚ starting Yankee hurler Carl Mays is called out on three straight strikes by Brick Owens. In disgust‚ Mays flings his
bat high in the air towards the stands and is thumbed out of the game before the offending cudgel lands. The Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel hitting into a triple play – second baseman Ralph Young to shortstop Donie Bush – to beat the Tigers in 15 innings‚ 5-4.