The red-letter days -
1980: Reggie Jackson hits his 400th career home run‚ off Chicago’s Britt Burns‚ in the 3rd inning of a 3-1 Yankees victory. It’s Reggie 31st homer of the year.
1929: Babe Ruth hits career home run no. 500 and his 30th of the year‚ in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland‚ but the Yankees lose‚ 6-5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer
today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser, who
returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls
On other 11ths of August…
2003: The Royals beat the Yankees 12-9‚
as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. KC strokes 11
of the 2-baggers‚ just 1 shy of the AL mark. Sterling Hitchcock
takes the loss for New York.
2001: Led by the Giambi brothers‚
Oakland beat the visiting Yankees 8-6 for their 10th straight win.
Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers‚ the second time they’ve
both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well.
1998: David Wells stops the Twins on a 4 hitter to win‚ 7-0. In his last start against Miinesota, the Yankee lefty pitched a perfect game.
1995: The Yankees trade controversial outfielder Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league outfielder Troy Hughes.
1994: In spite of an 8-7 loss to Toronto in 13 innings, the Yankees continue to lead the AL East, 6 1/2 lengths ahead of second-place Baltimore. Unfortunately, it will be their last game of the year, as a strike is now imminent.
1967: In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader‚ Al Downing strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5-3. The Bombers will also take the second game 4-1, as Mel Stottlemyre goes the distance.
1966: It’s is deja vu all over again‚ as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer‚ preserving a 6-5 Orioles’ win. Robinson made a nearly identical play two months earlier.
1961: Mickey Mantle (44) and Roger Maris (42) belt homers off reliever Pete Burnside to lead New York to a 12-5 pasting of the Senators.
1955: Bob Turley gives up Ted Williams’ 2‚000th hit‚ a first inning bloop single‚ in a 5-3 Yankee win. Frank Bauman in his first ML start‚ takes the loss.
1952: At the Stadium‚ the third-place Red Sox‚ trailing first-place New York by 4 games‚ manage just 2 hits off Allie Reynolds, as the Big Chief 7-0. For Reynolds‚ it’s his 4th two-hitter of the year. Mickey Mantle’s first inning homer‚ of Sid Hudson,is all the scoring New York needs‚ but the Mick adds a double in the 4th and a 2-run homer‚ again lefty‚ in the 5th‚ off Ralph Brickner‚ for a 6-0 lead. Boston will fade to a 6th place finish.
1951: In the first game of a twinbill, Eddie Joost homers in the 9th for the A’s‚ who tie the Yanks 4-4‚ but the New Yorkers win
in 11‚ 7-4. Sloppy fielding and a two-run single by Yogi Berra account for
the scoring. The win goes to Bob Kuzava, lately of the Senators‚ while Alex Kellner takes the loss.
1950: Hitting just .279‚ Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub‚ Cliff Mapes (below), rise to the occasion by walloping a 7th-inning homer to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s.
1934: At Fenway, Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th, Tony Lazzeri (below) parks a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell, batting for Frtz Ostermueller, wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland, New York now fall games off the pace in the AL pennant race.
1923: The Tigers sweep the Yanks‚ 10-4 and 9-8 (in 10 innings)‚ in a doubleheader that features the top 2 AL hitters. babe Ruth goes 3-for-8‚ while Detroit’s Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10. The two are neck and neck at .390 for
the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is ‘four pieces
of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.’ On August 21‚ the AL boss will rule that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken
Williams‚ who is using a plugged bat.
1921: The Yankees move one percentage point ahead of the Indians with Bob Shawkey’s 7-3
win over the A’s. The 2 clubs will run in a virtual dead heat through September.
1912: In an 8-3 win over the Highlanders‚ Cleveland’s Shoeless Joe Jackson becomes the second AL player to steal home twice in a game. He swipes the dish in the first inning‚ and then in the 7th‚ he steals second, third and home.
1906: Before 15‚000 at South Side Park, the White Sox whip the Highlanders‚ 8-1. New York third baseman George Moriarty gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before police break it up.
1995: Yankee catcher Mike Stanley hits
3 home runs and drives home 7 runs‚ but it’s not enough to prevent New
York from losing to Cleveland 10-9 in the opening game of a
doubleheader at the Stadium. The Bombers drop the second game as
1986: At the Stadium, the Yankees
celberate Billy Martin day and retire his no. 1. In the game that
follows, however, the Royals spoil the party, romping over the home
side 13-3 win, with Scott Bankhead getting the win.
1978: Ron Guidry (16-2) tosses a
3-hitter to beat the Brewers 9-0.
1977: Billy Martin installs Reggie
Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. The Yanks beat the
A’s 6-3‚ as Ron Guidry outpitches Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts
his 26th homer of the season. New York will win 40 of their final 53
games‚ with Jackson contributing 13 HRs and 49 RBI.
1968: On Old Timers’ Day at the
Stadium‚ the Twins stop the Yankees‚ 3-2. New York’s only scores
are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt. It is the Mick’s
46th 2-homer game of his career.
1965: At the Stadium, Jim Kaat benefits
from sloppy Yankee fielding and Minnesota score 6 unearned runs to
beat the Yankees 7-3.
1957: At Baltimore‚ Mickey Mantle
swats his 31st homer and adds 3 singles to lead the Yanks to a 6-3
win over the O’s. Mantle’s homer is the first to clear the hedge
approximately 30 feet beyond the 425 foot sign in straightaway
center. The Mick is now hitting .380‚ and the Yanks are leading
Chicago by 5 games.
1954: Bob Grim becomes the first Yankee
rookie to win 15 games since Hank Borowy in 1942‚ hurling a 5-2 win
over the A’s. The Bombers pull to within 3 games in back of the
1941: The Yanks sweep a pair from the
A’s at Shibe Park‚ 11-2 and 4-1‚ to increase their lead in the AL
to 14 games. Jack Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to
Mario Russo (below)‚ while Bill Dickey’s 9th inning triple with 2 on
decides the nitecap. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener‚
but goes hitless in the nitecap‚ the 5th game in the last 8 that
he’s been collared.
1935: In the opener of a doubleheader
with the A’s at the Stadium, George ‘Twinkletoes’ Selkirk drives in 8
runs‚ one short of Jimmie Foxx’s AL record‚ with 2 home runs -
one a grand slam – and a single as the Yankees pummel Connie Mack’s
boys 18-7. Lou Gehrig has a homer and drives in 5 runs in the game‚
then adds 4 more RBI in the 7-2 nitecap win.
1934: Following a 10-3 Yankee win at
Fenway, Babe Ruth formally announces that 1934 will definitely be his
last season as a regular player. He says that he will seek a
managerial role and will occasionally pinch-hit.
1927: At Washington, Babe Ruth drives
in 4 runs‚ 3 on his 36th homer‚ as the Yankees prevail‚ 4-3.
Tom Zachary is the loser.
1904: Jack Chesbro is knocked out by
the White Sox after pitching 30 consecutive complete games. For the
year he will win 41 games‚ pitching 48 complete games out of 51
starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455
innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh’s 464 in 1908.
2009: The Yankees complete a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at the Stadium, in a pitcher’s duel between Andy Pettitte and John Lester, a scoreless battle until A-Rod homers off the Boston lefty to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Victor Martinez, however, goes long off Phil Coke in the top of the eighth. In the home half of the inning, the Yanks mount 4-run rally with two out, starting with back-to-back home runs by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira off Daniel Bard. Mariano Rivera will close out the 5-2 Yankee victory.
2001: Yankee pitcher Ted Lilly (below) is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim’s Scott Spiezio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. Joe Torre rips into baseball’s dean of discipline Frank Robinson for the decision. Lilly was not thrown out of the game by the umpires when the incident occurred.
1999: Bernie Williams’ grand slam in a 12-8 victory over the A’s at Oakland is one of 5 salamis hit throughout the Majors on the day. This is the first time that so many have been hit on a single day in the 129-year history of Major League baseball.
1997: The Yankees beat the Twins 4-1 at the Metrodome, with Luis Sojo’s two-run blast in the 8th as the big blow. Minnesota hurler Brad Radke sees his 12-game winning streak come to an end.
1996: Coming home to roost… The Tigers defeat the Yankees 5-3 as DH Ruben Sierra, traded just over a week ago from New York, drives home all 5 Detroit runs with a double and a 3-run homer
1992: Yankee rookie pitcher Sam Militello throws 7 innings of 1-hit shutout ball at the Red Sox on the way to a 6-0 win. Sadly, the promising youngster will fall victim to arm miseries, and will be out of baseball by the following year’s All Star break.
1987: In a 15-4 Tiger mauling of the Yankees‚ New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound. Again‚ he walks one batter and allows no runs‚ the
second time in 3 weeks he has caught and pitched in the same game.
1978: The Yanks continue with their come-from-behind ways, rallying for 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 8-7 victory over the visiting Brewers. Milwaukee catcher Buck Martinez is the goat, fielding a Lou Piniella bunt and then airmailing the throw to 1st, allowing Chris Chambliss to race home with the winning run.
1958: Yankee Stadium draws its biggest crowd of the decade - 67‚916 – for Old Timers’
Day‚ but the throng are disappointed as Boston jump out to a 7-0 lead off Yankee starter Duke Maas, and hold on for a 9-6 win.
1956: The Senators get a license to sell beer at Griffith Stadium for the first time, and the Yankees celebrate with a 15-7 drubbing of the Nats. Mickey Mantle is walked three times before he launches a two-run homer in the 7th.
1949: Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Vic Raschi and the Yankees. Hitless in his first 4 at bats‚ Dom hits a sinking
line drive in the 8th that his brother Joe catches at his shoetops. Dom
had started his streak after going hitless against Raschi. The Red Sox
win 6-3 to move to within 5 1/2 games of the Yankees.
1946: For the first time in Major League history, all games are played at night, 4 in each league. Attendance is close to 200‚000‚ with the Yankees topping the list as they draw 63‚040 to the Stadium. The Bombers lose to the Red Sox 4-3‚ as Boston’s Rudy York drills a 3-run homer off Bill Bevans in the 6th. Boo Ferris wins his 19th.
1940: Steve Sundra (below) posts his first win of the year for the Yankees‚ beating the A’s and Johnny Babich‚
2-0. The Yankees‚ at 51-51‚ seem to be out of the running for their 5th
straight championship. However‚ they will go 37-15 the rest of the way
and actually take over first for one day, on September 11th. The Yanks
will ultimately finish 3rd‚ losing a critical three straight to the Browns on
1928: The Yankees whip the Red Sox 7-1‚ as lefty Fred Heimach, in his Yankee debut‚ tosses a complete-game 4-hitter. All the New York scoring comes in the 6th inning.
1927: Lou Gehrig hits his 38th homer of year off the A’s Rube Walberg, but it is the only scoring for his side, finally putting the Bombers on the board in the 9th. The Mackmen roll at home, 8-1.
1925: Babe Ruth is lifted for a pinch hitter for the only time in his career. Bobby Veach (below) bats for the Babe‚ who is suffering from a sore back‚ and flies out. New York lose 4-3 in 12 innings. The Yanks will waive Veach (.353)‚ along
with pitcher Alex Ferguson on August 17th‚ and the Senators will pick him up for pennant insurance.
1920: In Cleveland‚ the Yankees top the Indians 6-3 to cut the Tribe’s lead to
3 1/2 games. Babe Ruth‚ coming into the game with 41 homers‚ is walked 3 times and strikes out twice.
1919: Ralph Houk is born.
1901: In the first game of a doubleheader at Boston‚ Baltimore Orioles’ third baseman Jack Dunn knocks himself out cold with a foul ball off his own bat. He will be out of action for a week.
1996: Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the White Sox. Straw now has 5 homers in his last 9 at bats.
1995: The Yankees roll to an 11-4 win over Baltimore, powered by DH Ruben Sierra’s 7 RBI. Sierra’s 3 hits include a single‚ double and a home run.
1973: Taking the mound against the Rangers, Yankee starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson and is replaced by Fred Beene. Beene goes the rest of the way, allowing four hits, and getting the 3-2 win when Gene Michael delivers a 9th inning game-ending single off Texas starter Jim Merritt.
1972: The Yankee ownership and New York City sign a 30-year lease on Yankee Stadium that will keep
the team in the Bronx till 2002. The City agrees to spend $24 million
on renovations‚ but the actual costs will approach $100 million.
1956: Mickey Mantle’s 1st-inning opposite field home off Camilo Pascual jumpstarts the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1954: The Yankees spot the host Tigers a four-run lead‚ tie it up‚ then watch as Detroit win it 10-8 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle has one homer‚ off Billy Hoeft‚ and just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.
1953: Yankee southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts respectively against the White Sox. Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd’s double in the 9th. The Sox now trail New York by 8 1/2 games.
1948: 73‚484 fans turn out at Cleveland Stadium to watch the Indians and Yankees square off for a pair. Trailing in the opener‚ an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game‚ and Satchel Paige gets the win in relief‚ 8-6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield‚
making his ML debut. The Indians and the A’s are now tied for 1st
(60-39)‚ with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place‚ 2 1/2
1934: Hall of Fame manager Wilbert ‘Uncle’ Robbie’ Robinson dies at the age of 71. Robinson finished his playing days as the starting catcher for the Baltimore Orioles (the franchise that would move to New York and become the Highlanders in 1903) in 1901 and 1902.
1924: Babe Ruth slams his 37th and 38th homers of the year, adds a triple and draws 2 walks‚
but it is not enough to keep the Yanks from falling to Cleveland,10-8. Joe Bush and
Bob Shawkey are the victims of the Tribe’s offense. George Myatt’s 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.
1920: Detroit’s Howard Ehmke whitewashes the Yankees 1-0 in, and takes just 1 hour‚ 13 minutes to do it‚ for the
shortest 1-0 game in AL history. With no outs and 2 on
in the 5th inning‚ the Yanks fail to capitalize as Ping Bodie falls for the hidden ball trick applied by second baseman Ralph Young.
1913: The Yankees acquire third baseman Fritz Maisel from Baltimore (IL) for $12‚000 plus third baseman Ezra Midkmiff (batting .197) and outfielder Bert Daniels (.216). Daniels will return to the majors next year with the Reds and improve his average by 3 points.
1904: In Cleveland‚ with the Blues leading New York‚ 7-1 in the 4th‚ Dave Fultz (below) and manager Clark Griffith argue a strike call with umpire Silk O’Loughlin.
When the New Yorkers refuse to go back to the bench‚ Silk orders a policeman to escort them
off the field. Tomorrow‚ Silk will throw out pitcher Jack Powell and have the police escort Jimmy Williams off the field. Griffith and Williams will receive suspensions from the
AL‚ and Highlander owner
Frank Farrell vows O’Loughlin will never again be allowed to enter Hilltop Park.
He will be, however.
2009: ‘A long night’s journey into day’ is how YES TV’s Michael Kay describes the instant classic the
Yankees played against the Red Sox. Neither Josh
Beckett nor A.J. Burnett disappoint, each turning in seven scintillating innings of shutout ball, and the two bullpens continue the mastery until A-Rod sends the Bronx crowd home happy with a 15th-inning, two-run shot off Boston’s Junichi
2007: Joba Chamberlain is called up from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
2002: In an historic move (and one that will have considerable repercussions in the Yankee universe)‚ Major League baseball players end their long-held opposition
to mandatory drug testing by agreeing to be tested for illegal steroids
beginning in 2003.
2000: The Yankees obtain Jose Canseco on waivers from the Devil Rays. The move‚ which mystifies even manager Joe Torre,is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away
from AL East rivals.
1998: Making his MLB debut, Shane Spencer collects 5 hits‚ including 2 doubles and 2 home runs‚ while driving home 3
runs and scoring 4 in New York’s 14-2 pasting of Kansas City in the second
game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the first contest by a score
1984: The White Sox and Yankees split a double header, with Chicago’s 6-3
triumph in game 1 stopping New York’s 8-game win streak. LaMarr Hoyt is the winner. Ron Guidry strikes out 13 to win the nitecap‚ 7-0. He finishes with a
flourish‚ striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.
1977: Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankee losing streak with his third straight
victory. The New Yorkers will take 20 of their next 23 games against Western Division opponents.
1964: Steve Barber beats the Yankees 2-0 with relief assistance from Harvey Haddix to boost the Orioles back into first place by a game.
1962: In his first at bat after returning from military service‚ Tony Kubek homers in a
14-1 Yankee win over the Twins.
1957: Hank Bauer hits his second consecutive lead-off homer‚ against Washington‚ as the
first-place Yankees lose 3-2. The Bombers’ other score is Mickey Mantle’s 3rd
inning homer to right off starter Tex Clevenger.
1956: The Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5‚000 for spitting at Boston fans‚ as the Red Sox edge
the Yanks‚ 2-1‚ in 11 innings on the Splendid Splinter’s bases-loaded walk. It is
Williams’ third expectoration incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after
the crowd of 36‚350‚ a record for night games at Fenway Park and the
biggest turnout since WWII‚ started booing the Splinter for
muffing Mickey Mantle’s windblown pop fly in the 11th. Before the game‚ right fielder Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands
after a heckler. Last September‚ Jensen had challenged a fan to come
out of the stands.
1955: After a 12-17 record in July‚ the Yankees are in a four-team race. The
second division Tigers beat New York 4-2 in game one‚ and New York then
earn a critical 3-2 10th-inning win on a Mickey Mantle 2-out homer off Babe Birrer. It is the Mick’s second homer of the game‚ having connected
off starter Frank Lary. The Yanks finish the day in a virtual tie with Chicago‚ a 1/2
game ahead of Cleveland‚ and 11/2 games ahead of Boston.
1953: The Yankees turn back the second place White Sox with a 6-1 win at the
Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s line drive in the 3rd goes for a 3-run inside-the-park
homer‚ and Yogi Berra follows with one in the seats.
1949: Casey Stenegl’s penchant for lineup juggling comes to the fore as his Yankees suffer injury after injury as the St. Louis and New York pitchers throw at each other. Against the Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run‚ tying a record‚ in the first game of a doubleheader‚ as
the Yanks roll to a 20-2 win. Yogi Berra hits a three-run homer but on his
next time at bat he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a fastball. He
will be out until September. Joe DiMaggio hits a three-run round tripper as
well. The second game ends in a 2-2 tie.
1948: Before 66‚000 fans at Cleveland Stadium, Vic Raschi (14-4) allows 4 singles in stopping the Indians‚ 5-0. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of doubles‚ drives in 3 runs‚ and swipes home on the
front end of a double steal.
1938: Red Ruffing loses his no hitter when Cleveland”s Roy Weatherly doubles in the 9th with one out. The Yankees and Ruffing
win easily‚ 7-0.
1929: For the second game in a row‚ Babe Ruth hits a grand slam as the Yanks roll to a 13-1 win
over the A’s in the lidlifter of a doubleheader. Mickey Cochrane homers in his one at bat for the
A’s only run as the Yankees score 10 runs in the first 2 innings. George Pipgras is the winner. The A’s take the nitecap‚ 4-2‚ as George Earnshaw goes 8 innings for the win.
1919: Before the start of the New York-St. Louis doubleheader at the Polo
Grounds‚ the Yankees present the umpires with a temporary court
injunction restraining Ban Johnson’s order preventing Carl Mays from pitching‚ further eroding Johnson’s authority and
standing. Mays then pitches a 6-hitter in the nitecap‚ beating the
Browns 8-2. Mays’ 9-3 record will be key to the Yankees’ 3rd place
1918: The Yankees make it 7 straight losses‚ as the White Sox drop them twice in Chicago‚ 8-4 and 4-0. New York make 24 hits
in the two games‚ but Ed Cicotte is tough in the pinch to win the
opener for the Sox. Slim Love (below) takes the loss. In the nitecap‚ Roy Sanders‚ making his first
start for New York‚ gives up no hits in the first 3 innings‚ but records
no outs in the 4th as the Sox rack him for 4 straight doubles. Frank Shellenback goes all the way for the Sox win. Chicago now take
over 4th place from the Yankees.
1915: In action against the Yankees, future Hall of Famer George Sisler makes the only mound appearance of his career. In the 6th inning of the game at the Polo Grounds, he pitches to two batters, hitting one and walking the other. The Browns-Yankees match is called at the end of 10 innings because of darkness with the score tied 4-4.
The red-letter day -
1979: The ‘Thurman Munson Memorial
In a night game at the Stadium following the
funeral of the Yankee captain, Bobby Murcer (who eulogized his
longtime friend) drives in all 5 runs as the Bombers top Baltimore
5-4. Murcer has a 3-run HR and a 9th inning 2-run game-winning
On other 6ths of August…
2003: The Yankees send reliever Armando
Benitez to the Mariners in exchange for fellow fireman Jeff Nelson.
It is Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Yanks.
1996: The Yankees defeat Kevin Tapani and the White Sox 9-2 behind the three home runs hit by Darryl Strawberry. Straw becomes the eighth player in baseball history to hit three in a game in both leagues.
1982: The Yankees trade Bucky Dent to
the Rangers for Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169 and had
already lost his starting shortstop job to Roy Smalley.
1981: As a result of the nearly 2-month
interruption in play because of the strike, the ML owners elect to
split the 1981 season into 2 halvesâ with the first-place teams
from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club
wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff
series. The last time the major leagues played a split season was
1892. The Yankees, A’s, Philliesâ and Dodgers suddenly find
themselves guaranteed playoff spots as first-half champions.
1972: In action against the Reds, Hank Aaron’s 660th and 661st home runs for the Braves break Babe Ruth’s record for home runs hit with one team – the Babe hit 659 in pinstripes.
1971: The Yankees chase Pat Dobson in
the 4th on the way to lambasting the Orioles 12-3. The
loss ends Dobson’s win streak of 12 gamesâ his 9 consecutive
complete gamesâ and his consecutive scoreless inning streak of 23.
1965: After going 7-for-11 in a series
against the White Soxâ Mickey Mantle launches a homer off Mickey
Lolich, but Detroit top the visiting Yankees 5-4. New York will win
tomorrow and the Mick will add another homer.
1963: The Senators take the first game of a doubleheader at D.C. Stadium from the Yankees 8-5. In the nitecap, the Yanks’ Stan Williams (below) one-hits the home side. The Nats’ only safety is Don Blasingame’s 3rd-inning double.
1961: Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twinsâ going
5-for-9 with 3 home runs and a double. His 4 RBI give him an even 100
for the year and his homer total is now 43. In the openerâ Mantle has 2
home runs off his favorite pitching target, Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard’s homer in the 10th that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15thâ Yogi Berra hits a
bases loaded grounder and just beats the throw at first to give the Yanks
the win. The Yankees win the nitecap by a run as wellâ when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. New York now lead Detroit by 2 1/2 games.
1956: Yankee rookie Ralph Terry makes his Major League debut at Fenway and picks up his first win with 6 innings
of work. He leaves after giving up a homer to Jimmy Piersall but Tom Morgan and Tommy Byrne come out of the Bomber bullpen to save the 4-3 win. Tom Brewer takes the loss. Terry is the last Yankee rookie
starter to debut at Fenway this century: New York’s Bob Meyer will take his first bow at Fenway as a reliever in 1964.
1937: In a 10-inning oddity, Cleveland
outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Bob Feller takes a
5-2 lead into the 9th, but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th,
Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer, off reliever Johnny ‘Grandma’
Murphy, for a 6-5 Indian lead, and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The
Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which
Tribe third baseman Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an
apparent double. But the plate umpire Charlie Johnson calls it foul,
and with both runners scoring, the Indians’ left fielder fails to
chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently, and finally
Johnson consults with the umpire at third, George Moriarty. Moriarty
overrules Johnson, allowing the winning run to score because of the
outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank),
protesting that since the ball had not reached the base, the
call was the home plate ump’s to make and ought not to be overruled.
The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September
15. In his 9 innings pitched, Feller racks up an unusual
double-double, walking 10 and striking out 12.
1928: The Yankees’ tailspin continues, as the White Sox drop them at Comiskey Park, 5-4 in 15 innings. Willie Kamm triples home the run that gives Grady Adkins the win. George Pipgras takes the loss.
1920: Babe Ruth belts 2 more homersâ, giving him 41, to lead the Yanks to a 11-7 victory over the Tigers. Both homers are off Hooks Dauss, who is given the hook in the 8th. Jack Quinn pitches 2 inning for New York before being lifted for George Mogridge.
2009: Cody Ransom is Designated for Assignment.
2006: The Orioles down the Yankees 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to 1 hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1st inning single is the Bombers’ only safety.
2003: Derek Jeter goes long on Texas righty Colby Lewis’ first pitch of the game, and then homers for two more runs
with two out in the 2nd, with both shots going to right center. Roger Clemens goes 7 innings to earn the win, and Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi homer as well, as the Yankees roll 6-2.
1983: AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing
abuse of umpires. The Yankee manager is banished for 2 games for calling umpire
Dale Ford “a stone liar” after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble
1959: Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Bobby Shantz and Detroit’s Don Mossi by belting an 8th inning homer with one on. New York win at home‚ 3-0.
1956: Al Kaline again leads Detroit‚ socking a 3-run homer to give Detroit a 4-0
lead over New York. A Mickey Mantle homer in the 6th, his 37th‚ off the facade of
the right field roof at Briggs Stadium ties the game 5-5. With 2 errors by Tom Sturdivant in
the 7th‚ Detroit counter with 3 to win‚ 8-5. The stumbling Bombers have lost 6
straight. Mantle is now 11 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1954: In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 49‚483 in Cleveland‚ New York beat the front runners 5-2 behind Bob Grim. Mickey Mantle starts the scoring with a 4th inning solo shot off Early Wynn‚ then follows an 8th inning homer by Joe Collins by connecting on the next pitch with his 23rd homer of the year. Both are served up by Ray Narleski. Larry Doby’s 2-run homer off Johnny Sain in the 8th is his 24th round-tripper of the year‚ putting him back in the AL lead. New York trail the Indians by 1 1/2 games.
1937: Trailing 7-5 after seven innings‚ the Yanks unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox 13-7. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm, handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning. Lou Gehrig’s 3-run homer is the key blow in the 8th inning rally.
1935: In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack‚ and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics‚ and AL
President Will Harridge fines managers Joe Cronin and Joe McCarthy $100 each. The
Yanks win‚ 10-2.
1934: While Tony Lazzeri, Myril Hoag and Ben Chapman stand watching‚ a fly ball by Jimmie Foxx drops for a double‚ the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.
1923: Against the Browns‚ Babe Ruth tries batting right-handed. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th home runs off Ray Kolp, relief pitcher Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and
again in the 13th. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel’s single wins the game 9-8.
1920: After losing 3 out of 4 in
Chicago‚ the Yanks drop their first game in Detroit‚ 7-1‚ to Howard
Ehmke. Babe Ruth supplies the only New York score with a shot in the 7th
that clears a wire
fence in front of the right field wall and bounces back. According to the Navin
Field ground rules, it’s a
1905: At Hilltop Park, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase makes a record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders win 3-1 and 6-5.
1904: The Highlanders beat Cleveland 5-0 to send the AL race into a
virtual three-way tie, with New York (.614) technically first over
Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611). Al Orth (below) gets the win for the New Yorkers.
The red-letter days –
2010: With a first-inning 2-run blast off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum at the Stadium, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 7th player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs
in his career, and the youngest ever to reach the milestone. The Yankees go on to win 5-1.
2007: Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, a 3-run shot off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals. This makes A-Rod the youngest player ever to reach 500 homers. He is only the second Yankee to hit number 500 at home; Mickey Mantle (on May 14, 1967 against Stu Miller of the Orioles) was the other. The Bombers roll on to double up the Royals 16-8.
On other 4ths of August…
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s pinch hit grand slam is the big blow in New York’s 9-run 9th inning‚ as the Yankees
come from behind to defeat the A’s 10-5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. It is Straw’s 2nd pinch grand slam of the season‚ setting a new AL record‚ and tying the NL
mark held by his former manager Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also win the 1st game of the twinbill‚ 10-4.
1989: Hard-luck hurler Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when the Yankees’ Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ and Stieb finishes with a 2-1
two-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2
out in the 9th.
1985: Tom Seaver becomes the 17th 300-game winner in Major League history, pitching the White Sox to a 4-1, six-hit victory over the Yankees on Phil Rizzuto Day at the Stadium, as 54‚032 New Yorkers cheer him on.
1984: The Yankees win their 8th straight‚ 4-0‚ over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at the Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than two months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win‚ and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer
1983: While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the
Blue Jays game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium‚ Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game‚
Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges
of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being
released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
1978: Baltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the year‚ stopping the Yankees 2-1 at the Stadium. It will also be Guidry’s only loss at home this year. (Editor’s note: I was at this game.)
1973: In a remarkable relief performance‚ Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning. McDaniel comes out of the bullpen and goes 13 innings to earn himself and the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s home run is the game winner.
1972: Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also trots home twice on bases-loaded walks.
1963: After missing 61 games‚ Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning of the second game of a twinbill at the Stadium when the stiff-legged
Mantle golfs a line drive into the short porch in right to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees
win it‚ 11-10‚ after the visitors took the opener 7-2.
1962: Roger Clemens is born. Happy 48th to the Rocket!
1953: Vic Raschi sets the Major League record for RBI by a pitcher with 7‚ as the Yanks roll over
Detroit 15-0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd‚ doubles home 3 in the
3rd‚ and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the previous mark
of 6 RB. His record will stand in the AL‚ but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi’s mark. Raschi’s teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.
1937: Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game‚ connecting off the Browns’ Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as they edge St. Louis‚ 10-9.
Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive
games: Babe Ruth did it twice
1934: Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltzgaver (below)‚ the Yankees
beat the A’s‚ 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Lou Gehrig is
0-for-2‚ striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same
period‚ he has hit 11 homers.
1932: Bill Dickey returns to the Yankee lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand
slam and 3 singles‚ as New York beat Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit
another grand slam on the 10th of September.
1929: The Yankees take the opening game of two from the visiting Indians, winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the nitecap‚ after trailing 6-5 with 2 out
in the top of the 9th‚ Cleveland score an AL record-tying 9 runs to
1925: Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York win 4-1 behind Urban Shocker
1905: The Highlanders field a unique battery: Eustace ‘Doc’ Newton pitching and Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (below) catching‚ but only Powers has a medical degree. The Highlanders beat St. Louis‚ 7-3.
The red-letter day –
1914: Yankee backup catcher Les Nunamaker establishes a unique record in the annals of Major League baseball.
In the 7th inning of a game against the Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit, the hosts are coasting along behind starter Harry Coveleski with a 4-0 lead. The Tigers threaten to pad their advantage when Yankee hurler Len ‘King’ Cole walks Hugh High (who is substituting for an injured Ty Cobb) on four straight pitches. On Cole’s next offering to batter Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, High takes off for the keystone cushion, and is gunned down by Nunamaker’s perfect strike to New York second baseman Luke Boone. Cole’s control problems continue, and he walks Crawford, who also takes off for second at the first opportunity, this time successfully. Bobby Veach then comes up for Detroit, and in the course of his at bat, the Yankee backstop notices that Crawford is taking a larger and larger lead off second. When he pegs a throw to second, Crawford is caught high and dry for the second out. Finally, Veach walks, and, himself no slouch on the basepaths, decides to attempt a theft as well. He races towards second, but meets the same fate as his teammate High. It is the first and only time in post-1900 MLB history that a catcher has thrown out three runners in one inning. It is also the only inning ever recorded in a Major League contest in which the side was retired without a single batted ball having been put into play. Nunamaker’s feat is
erroneously listed in many record books as having occurred in the 2nd inning;
also‚ he is listed as throwing out three runners in the frame when in fact he
only threw out 2, and picked off 1.
The Tigers ultimately prevail 4-1, the Yankees’ lone score coming on a double steal with Nunamaker on the
front end and Fritz Maisel behind him. Harry Heilmann, normally an outfielder, plays second base for the Tigers, replacing Marty
Cavanagh‚ who ‘played like a clown’ yesterday according to Bengal manager Hughie Jennings.
On other 3rds of August…
2003: At Oakland, Miguel Tejada of the A’s reaches Mariano Rivera for a three-run, one-out walkoff home run in the 9th ninth to beat the Yanks 3-1, denying Andy Pettitte a win and giving the victory to Mark Mulder.
2001: Andy Pettitte and Jarrod Washburn of the Angels do battle in the Bronx, each allowing four hits and no runs through six. David Eckstein plates two with a two-base hit in the seventh, but the Yankee reply of a Bernie Williams RBI double and home runs by Tino Martinez and Alfonso Soriano trumps the Angels rally. The Bombers win the game 4-2 and Williams’s eighth-inning, two-out, bases-loaded diving catch of an Izzy Molina line drive saves the day
1998: Leading off for the Yankees‚ Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist (below)‚ and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland pitcher for
15 more hits‚ including 4 homers‚ in 5 innings. New York win‚ 14-1‚
scoring all 14 earned runs off the starter – it is the most runs allowed by a pitcher in one game since the Brewers’ Bill Travers in August 1977. Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.
1986: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees set a Major League record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5
walks‚ a HBP‚ and 6 hits including 2 homers to rack up the score. New York win
10-6 behind the pitching of Al Holland, Rod Scurry and Brian Fisher.
1982: The White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks at the Stadium 1-0 and 14-2‚ prompting George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees’ third field boss this season
1979: The day after the death of Thurman Munson, before the start of the Yankees’ four-game series with Orioles at the Stadium, the team pay tribute to their deceased captain in a pre-game ceremony
in which the starters stand at their defensive positions, save for the
catcher’s box, which remains empty. Following a prayer by Cardinal Terence Cooke, a moment of silence and a performance of America the Beautiful by Robert Merrill, the fans (announced attendance 51,151) burst into an eight minute standing ovation. Jerry Narron, the man who will replace Munson behind the plate that night, remains in the dugout and does not take the field until Bob Sheppard announces: “And now it is time to play ball. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for your co-operation.”.
The game that follows is a tense pitching duel between Baltimore ace Scott McGregor and recent Yankee acquisition Luis Tiant. The Orioles win, 1-0.
1978: Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night‚ and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win‚ 7-5‚ on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice. Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York‚ 8-1 in a rain-shortened game. Jim Rice‚ with only one homer in his last 33 games‚ hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie. Fred Lynn belts a 3-run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the facade in left. Boston now lead Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2.
1967: The Yankees ship veteran catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Pete Magrini and Ron Klimkowski, and cash. Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. In a codicil to the deal‚ the Sox will sell catcher Bob Tilman to the Yanks on August 8th.
1956: In a 10-4 loss to Detroit‚ Whitey Ford is struck on the pitching hand by a 1st-inning line drive off the bat of Ray Boone. The Chairman of the Board will be sidelined until the 15th. The Yankees also lose Bob Cerv after he crashes into the wall chasing Frank Bolling’s double.
1941: Browns’ knuckleballer Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop the Yankee Clipper’s streak of 74 games in a row reaching base.
DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon‚ as the first place Yanks lose two to
the Browns‚ 6-2 and 5-0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2
hits in the game 2 whitewash.
1937: Even though it’s a Tuesday, almost 67,000 fans find the time to throng the Stadium
for a doubleheader with the White Sox. The Yanks sweep, 7-2 and 5-3. In the latter
contest, Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,900th consecutive game.
1933: The Yankees are shut out 7-0 by the A’s and Lefty Grove (below) for their first scoreless game since August 2‚ 1931. In the 8th
inning‚ Grove loads the bases with one out‚ then strikes out Babe Ruth and gets Lou Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had
tallied in 308 games in a row‚ during which they scored 1‚986 runs (6.5
per game) to 1‚434 for the opposition‚ which New York hurlers blanked 22
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks split a mid-week twinbill with the Tigers, losing 6-5 and then winning 8-6. Lou Gehrig goes long in each game, and now leads Babe Ruth for the league home run lead, 37 to 34. The Bambino will hit his his 35th in two days’ time.
1914: Contracts are let to dismantle Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders’ former home, between
Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue from 165th to 168th Streets. The park
has not been used for baseball for two years. A street will be cut
through the property