4/11 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
1912: Playing the Red Sox in the season opener at Hilltop Park‚
the New York Highlanders wear pinstripes for the first time.
Boston score a run in the first against Ray Caldwell‚ and the home team
respond with two runs in the bottom against Joe Wood. That is all the
scoring until the ninth‚ when the Sox push across four runs‚ including two on
a Smoky Joe single. Boston win‚ 5-3‚ on Wood’s seven hitter.
On other 11ths of April…
2006: In the Yankees home opener, the Bronx Bombers use a 5-run 8th to
upend the Royals, 9-7. Derek Jeter’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the
frame. Jason Giambi hits a 3-run homer in the 1st to start the Yankee
scoring. Yankee Stadium public address man Bob Sheppard misses the game
due to a hip injury – it’s the first time that the announcer has missed an
opener since he began his gig in the PA booth in 1951, a period of 55 years
or 20,083 days.
2004: Mike Mussina records his 200th career victory as the Yankees defeat the White Sox 5-4 at home.
1999: The Yanks show once again just how formidable the one-two punch at the top of their order is, as both Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter reach
safely in four of five ABs in their club’s 11-2 savaging of the Tigers.
Jeter doubles, homers, and plates three in support of winner Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez.
1998: Andy Pettitte pitches the Yankees to a 3-1 win against the A’s‚
to put the team over the .500 mark for the first time in the season.
Pettitte earned his 1st win of the year‚ beating Tom Candiotti. Derek
Jeter has 2 hits‚ 2 runs‚ and 2 steals.
1982: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees finally open, with a 7-6 loss to
Chicago in 12 innings followed by a 2-0 defeat in the nitecap. The
groundskeepers are feted because of their efforts in getting the
snow-covered field ready‚ and crew chief Walt Esposito tosses out the
first ball. Jerry Koosman and Ron Guidry are the starters but Koosman
gives up 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings and Guidry 4 runs in 4 innings to earn
showers. Goose Gossage‚ the last of 4 pitchers‚ gives up a leadoff
triple to Bill Almon in the 12th and Ron LeFlore drives him home with
one of his 3 hits on the day. Kevin Hickey wins with an inning of
1980: Mark Teixeira is born. Happy 31st, Tex!
1961: At the Stadium‚ longtime Yankee player and coach Ralph Houk gets off to a rocky start, as his club are shut out by Minnesota’s Pedro Ramos‚ 6-0. Ramos contributes to his own cause with a two-run single,oand allows just base hits in beating Whitey Ford. The Chairman of
the Board, however‚ will finish the season at 25-4.
1954: The Yanks obtain veteran Enos Slaughter in a trade with the St.
Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds, who are making room for promising rookie
outfielder Wally Moon, also give up 4 players to be named later. In
what turns out to be a good deal for both teams‚ the Cards get center
fielder Bill Virdon‚ pitcher Mel Wright, and outfielder Emil Tellinger
in return. Virdon will become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955‚
following Wally Moon‚ and Slaughter will help the Yankees to win 103
Enos Slaughter in the 1946 World Series
1928: 25‚000 fans are on hand for the coldest Opener ever in
Philadelphia as the A’s drop an 8-3 decision to the Yankees. Starter
Herb Pennock drives in the first two New York runs against Lefty Grove
in the 2nd‚ and the Yanks score three more in the 3rd to knock Grove
out of the game. Babe Ruth has a triple and scores three runs‚ while
Bing Miller goes 3-for-3 for the A’s.
1917: In pregame drills before Opening Day at the Polo Grounds‚ the
Yankees impress General Leonard Wood by marching in drills. The Sox‚
who haven’t practiced‚ decline‚ but then drill New York 10-3 in the
game. Boston break a 3-3 tie with four runs in the 7th‚ three coming
home on round tripper by Dick Hoblitzell. Tilly Walker adds a double‚
two triples and 4 RBIs for Boston‚ while Babe Ruth allows just three
hits‚ all singles‚ in beating Ray Caldwell.
General Leonard Wood
1910: Against Princeton University‚ 22-year-old Jumbo Vaughn strikes
out eight Tigers in six innings‚ and impresses Highlander manager George
Stallings enough to give Jumbo the starting assignment on Opening Day.