4/16 in Yankee History

The red-letter days – 

2009: The first official game is played at Yankee Stadium II .





The Cleveland Indians will spoil the party, however, by administering a
10-2 drubbing to the hosts, including a 9-run 7th inning after the
departure of C.C. Sabathia. Cliff Lee, who will return in another
uniform to bedevil the Yanks in the World Series, gets the win, while
Damaso Marte takes the loss for the Bombers.



1967: The Yankees play the longest regular season game in their history. At the Stadium, the Yanks and the Red Sox struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it‚ 7-6‚ in a game that lasts 5 hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have 5 hits forthe Sox‚ but it is Joe Pepitone’s two-out single that beats Lee Stange. Al Downing is the winner.




On other 16ths of April…

2010: Boone Logan is recalled from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.


2009: Newly injured right fielder Xavier Nady is placed on the 15-Day disabled
list retroactive to April 15, with right elbow pain that will not
effectively subside. To fill the opening on the roster, David Robertson is recalled from
AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, marking the beginning of a season when the young reliever
moves from the lower reaches of the depth chart to the eventual status of  reliable postseason performer.


2004: The Bombers get off to a rough start at Fenway, making two 1st inning errors to match the equally dubious pitching of Javier Vazquez, who gives up homers in the frame, to Bill Mueller and Manny Ramirez. Quickly up 4-0, the Red Sox roll to a 6-2 win.



1982: At Detroit‚ the Yankees Roy Smalley makes the first and last outs
– all three outs- in the 3rd inning as the Bombers score 5 times.
Smalley strikes out to start the frame‚ and ends it by lining into a
double play. Ron Guidry coasts to his first win of the year‚ 10-2




1977: Sparky Lyle will have a 13-5, 26-save Cy Young Award-winning season this year, but today is not one of his better days, as the reliever gives up a two-run game tying HR to Cecil Cooper at Milwaukee. A subsequent triple by Sal Bando and a walkoff single by Steve Brye put the game in the win column for the Brewers.



1972: With a rainout yesterday‚ the Orioles and Yankees decide to open
the season in Baltimore with a doubleheader. But rain wipes out the
nitecap and the O’s win the rain-shortened opener before just 11‚995
fans‚ 3-1. There is one out in the bottom of the 7th when the game is
called. The O’s score an unearned run in the 2nd and Brooks Robinson
knocks in two more to back Pat Dobson’s pitching. After a long rain
delay‚ Doyle Alexander pitched the 7th for the O’s.




1964: At the Stadium‚ Whitey Ford pitches 11 innings in losing to the
Red Sox‚ 4-3. Bob Tillman‚ with three singles‚ triples in the 11th‚ and
pinch runner Roman Mejias scores on wild pitch. Mickey Heffner pitches
the bottom of the 11th‚ with Dick Radatz getting the win.




1962: The Yankees release Robin Roberts‚ signed in the off-season.  The Orioles will sign the veteran on May 21st.



1957: At the Stadium‚ Andy Carey’s bases-loaded fly ball single in the
9th gives the Yankees a 2-1 win over the Senators‚ as Whitey Ford bests
Chuck Stobbs. Yogi Berra accounts for the other Yankee run with a 7th
inning homer. The 0-2 Senators will lose 16 of their next 20.




1946: At Shibe Park‚ Spud Chandler‚ 38‚ allows just 5 hits as the
Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-0.


Chandler spent most of 1944-45 in the Army
and appeared in just 5 games in two years. Joe DiMaggio has a two-run
homer and Tommy Henrich a two-run double to pace the offense. A’s
starter Russ Christopher allows all the runs in his six innings of


1945: Former Yankee bench player Chick Fewster dies at the age of 49. After being traded to the Red Sox, Fewster also got the first hit in Yankee Stadium history, a single on the ballpark’s inaugural day of April 18, 1923.



1944: Jack Hand of the Associated Press names the Yankees as the
favourite to win the AL pennant. Like most observers‚ he picks the St.
Louis Browns to finish last.

1940: Before 20‚187 at Shibe Park‚ Chubby Dean outlasts Red Ruffing as
the A’s defeat the defending champion Yankees‚ 2-1‚ in ten innings.

Red Ruffing

is Dean’s first complete game in the majors. New York’s only run is
unearned in the 3rd inning‚ but the A’s tie it up on a Bob Johnson solo
homer. Chubby Dean’s long sac fly in the 10th off Ruffing drives in the
winning run.

1937: Joe DiMaggio‚ who has suffered from a lame throwing arm recently‚
has his tonsils and adenoids removed at Lenox Hill hospital. He will
miss his second straight Opener.


1935: The Yankees open at the Stadium‚ losing 1-0‚ to the Red Sox. New
York get just two hits off winning pitcher Wes Ferrell‚ but also make
two throwing errors in the 6th inning‚ one by pitcher Lefty Gomez‚ to
allow Bill Werber to score the game’s only run.



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