August 2010

8/02 in Yankee History

The red-letter day (bordered in black) –

1979: Yankee captain Thurman Munson dies at the age of 32. He was killed in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51‚151 will attend the memorial tribute at the Stadium tomorrow.


On other 2nds of August…

2002: Andy Pettitte pitches a gem against the Angels, going 8 1/3 innings and giving up only 4 hits. The last two come in the 9th, and Joe Torre summons Ramiro Mendoza to get the final two outs in the 4-0 shutout.


1999: Facing off against David Wells, who is going into action against his previous year’s teammate after being swapped to Toronto for Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte is on top form, surrendering only one run to the Blue Jays before handing the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Derek Jeter’s 8th inning homer with Joe Girardi aboard unknots the tie, and the Yankees win 3-1.


Off the field, Bud Selig announces that Darryl Strawberry’s reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th


1990. Yankee rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th homer in just 77 at bats‚ the fastest any player has ever
reached that mark. The Yanks lose to Detroit 6-5 in 11 innings, however.


1985: In the 7th inning of a game with the White Sox, with the score tied at three and no one out, Rickey Henderson singles with two on. As the throw from the outfield comes in, Yankee shortstop Bobby Meacham crashes into Carlton Fisk at home plate, but the Chisox catcher holds onto the ball for the first out. Meacham’s teammate, third baseman Dale Berra,
seeing that Fisk is shaken, keeps coming, but the Sox catcher
rights himself. When the dust clears, he has managed to tag both
members of the left side of the Yankee infield out on the same play. When following batter Don Mattingly flies out to center, the Yanks will have turned two singles and a Chicago error into a
scoreless inning


1978: The Yankees jump out to a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston come back to tie it after starter Dick Tidrow and Goose Gossage  between them uncork 3 wild pitches‚ issue two bases-loaded
walks‚ and give up a series of bloop hits. The game is still tied after 14 innings when play is suspended because of curfew regulations.


1975: The soap opera begins: Billy Martin arrives in New York for his first tour of duty as Yankee manager‚ replacing Bill Virdon, named by The Sporting News as last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.


1961: In the second game of a doubleheader, New York beat Kansas City 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Roger Maris are now even at 40 homers each. The Yankees had already prevailed in the opener 6-5.


1957; At the Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi takes a no hitter into the 7th inning before Gil  McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit
one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score
another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.


1956:The Indians’  Herb Score shuts out the Yankees 4-0 for the Tribe’s 7th shut out in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets Cleveland on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Preston Ward
and Rocky Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo blasts as the only scoring in a shutout win set a Major League record.


1943: Yankee minor league prospect Larry Berra (the ‘Yogi’ will come later)‚ playing for
Norfolk‚ has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the
18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13
RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits‚ 23 RBI‚ with 3 homers‚ two
triples‚ and a double. For his other 109 games‚ Berra has just 4 homers
and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.


1941: Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win‚ 2-0. It is the Yankees’ 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits‚ including a double to Joe DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.


1936: In Cleveland‚ the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65‚000 fans to watch the Yankees 
and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4-4 tie. Darkness ends the game at
7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being
struck in the face with a Monte Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch
fractures his jaw. Lou Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe.
The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby
Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests
including one for pitching accuracy‚ won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.


1931: The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40‚000‚ played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston pitcher Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1‚ and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.


1928: In St. Louis‚ the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners‚ 4-3. Tired starter Herb Pennock (below) gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart‚ who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the sputtering Yanks only 4 1/2 games ahead of the A’s – they had a 12-game lead on July 4th


1919: In New York‚ the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings‚ 14-8. Harry Heilmann (below) hits his second homer of the day, a grand slam, to provide the big blow in ther extra frame – the shot comes after an intentional walk to Bobby Veach. The two had hit
homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles
and Ty Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits‚ including a home run‚ and 4 RBIs.


8/01 in Yankee History

2009: Just hours before the trading deadline, Jerry Hairston Jr. is acquired from the Reds for minor league prospect Chase Weems; Shelley Duncan is optioned to AAA to make room for the new arrival. 


2007: Andy Pettite holds the White Sox to 1 run on 6 scattered hits, and the bullpen keep a lid on things following his departure after 7 innings of work. With the win, the Baton Rouge, LA native draws his record even at 7-7.

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2006: In action against the Blue Jays on a stiflingly hot day, Bernie Williams strokes a 3-run double off Toronto’s A.J. Burnett in the 4th of a 5-1 win. It is his 442nd career two-bagger, which ties him with Don Mattingly for
second all-time on the Yankee list.  Because of the heatwave, many of the Yankee Stadium scoreboard’s features not are not working in keeping with
New York’s stretched power grid


1997: A 5-run 4th and a 3-run 6th are more than enough to propel the Yanks and Andy Pettitte to an 8-3 victory over Minnesota at the Stadium. Pettitte gives up 13 hits, but still goes 8 2/3 innings, needing help from reliever Jim Mecir only to get the final out.


1995: It’s a no-decision for Andy Pettitte, as he yields after 5 innings to rookie Mariano Rivera, a new member of the middle relief corps. Rivera, who is the pitcher of record when the Yanks pull ahead to stay with a 3-run 7th , goes to 4-2 on the year.


1993: Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has chosen to be depicted on his plaque in a Yankees cap. 


1979: Thurman Munson plays his last game, a 9-1 win over the White Sox at Chicago. Munson, who has been plagued by knee troubles, is playing first base, but leaves the game in 3rd after striking out in his only turn at bat. Following the contest, some of his teammates create a minor scandal by autographing the
bare behind of a young woman who boards the Yankee bus outside Comiskey


1973: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry flares up again, as Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th‚ Munson‚ attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk, and both come up swinging. Boston win 3-2 in
the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind
the Orioles.


1968: Against the Red Sox‚ Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters‚ the most ever by a Yankee rookie‚ in posting
his first Major League shutout‚ 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until ‘El Duque’
Hernandez fans 13. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh‚ a steal‚ and a single by
Bill  Robinson accounts for the only run off Boston’s Dave Morehead.


1941: Lefty Gomez blanks the St. Louis Browns 9-0 despite walking 11 batters‚ the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A Major League  record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded‚
matching a mark established twice before in shut outs (May 22‚ 1913; July 29‚
1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24‚ 1994‚ will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL
record this year‚ with 1334 left on base. Tommy Henrich leads the Yanks with 4
hits‚ including 2 homers. For Gomez‚ it is his 8th straight win.


1937: Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the second time in his career, as the Yankees win 14-5. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year‚ and his 3rd in three days.


1932: With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit‚ the Yanks’ normal fifth batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and‚ sensing something amiss‚ asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy (below) says its a mistake‚ Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles‚ Detroit skipper Bucky Harris rushes out to protest‚ but Nallin overrules him. New York win 6-3‚
but the Detroit protest will be upheld by AL president Will Harridge , and the game replayed on
September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since
the individual records will be included‚ but the game will not be
listed in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Some reference works erroneously list this game as having being played on August 19th).


1928: In a Yankee 12-1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits home run No. 42 in the 1st‚ off Alvin ‘General’ Crowder‚ and goes 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel,also belts a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson (below)  scatters 7 hits and goes an unprecedented 5-for-5 at the plate.


1925: The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a
minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn the
nickname ‘Poosh-em-up’ from his legion of Italian admirers.


1905: Cleveland’s sidearm-firing Earl Moore is hit on the foot by a line drive and limps to a 3-2 loss to the
Highlanders in New York. He will hobble to a 2-8 record the rest of the
season‚ finishing at 15-15 and win just 9 games in the following three
seasons. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland ‘loans’ catcher Nig Clarke to Detroit. He’ll be returned to Cleveland on August 11. He is the third
catcher this year to be sold‚ then returned to his original team.


1903: Rube Waddell (below) no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who collects 4 singles. These‚ plus a lavish 6 walks‚ take the Philadelphia hurler down to a 3-2 defeat,  with the win going to Jack Chesbro. The eccentric A’s ace observes afterward: “If I’d walked him 4 times‚ I would have pitched a no-hitter.”



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