4/26 in Yankee History
2007: The best-laid plans… Owing to a shortage of healthy arms, the Yankees bring youthful righty Phil Hughes up from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre a year earlier than they would have liked and start him against Toronto in the Bronx. A.J. Burnett and Vernon Wells join forces to beat Phil though, the former by blanking the Yanks on four singles
over seven, and the latter by collecting three of the six hits
the rookie allowed in five innings. Wells in walked his last two at bats
for a perfect day at the plate, and the Blue Jays won 6-0.
2006: At the Stadium, Tampa Bay beat the Yankees 4-2 despite setting a
team record by walking 14 batters. The most generous among the 5 hurlers who take mound for the Rays is Seth McClung, who issues 7 free passes. It is the first time a team has
walked 14 and won a game of 10 innings or less since April 26, 1993,
when Philadelphia did it over 10 innings against San Francisco.
2005: The Yankees pound the Angels‚ 12-4. Alex Rodriguez strokes 3 HRs
and a single for NY‚ and becomes the 11th player in history to drive in
10 runs in a game.
1997: The Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 10-2 as DH Cecil
Fielder gets 5 hits‚ including 2 doubles and a homer.
1996: Former Yankee pitcher Milt Gaston dies at age 100. Gaston was a
promising prospect in the organization in the early 1920s, but was
traded away following his rookie year with the Yankees in 1924. He went
on to play for 5 teams in the 1920s and 1930s and had 18 Hall of Fame
teammates and managers‚ more than any player in history.
1995: Despite an attendance of just 6‚300 at the Yanks pre-game
workout‚ 50‚245 fans show up for the opener‚ the smallest opening day crowd
at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win‚ 8-6‚ over the
Rangers‚ as Jimmy Key goes 5 innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd
straight opener and his Opening Day record is 6-0. Kenny Rogers is the
loser‚ giving up 4 runs in 3 innings‚ including a homer to Danny
Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.
1974: In what is dubbed the Friday Night Massacre, the Yankees trade
four pitchers, including Fritz Peterson and Steve Kline, to the Indians
for 1B Chris Chambliss and hurlers Dick Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw.
1961; Roger Maris hits his first HR of the ’61 campaign off Paul Foytack
of Detroit‚ and Mickey Mantle adds round-trippers from both sides of
the plate (for the 8th time)‚ as New York wins 13-10 at Tiger Stadium.
Mantle’s 2nd homer‚ a 2-run shot off Hank Aguirre‚ snaps a 10-10 tie in
1959: Surprising Baltimore sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ coming from
behind to score 2 in the 9th and win the opener‚ 5-4‚ and scoring in the
final frame of the nitecap to win‚ 3-2. The O’s use 6 pinch hitters in
the opener‚ while New York use 4 for a combined new ML mark. Hoyt
Wilhelm goes the distance in the nitecap‚ but his knuckler proves
elusive for Gus Triandos‚ who ties the ML record with 4 passed balls.
Ray Katt‚ who was the lone holder of the record‚ also caught Wilhelm.
1955: Bob Turley of the Yanks fires a one-hitter‚ fanning 10 in handing a
5-0 defeat to the White Sox, with Sherm Lollar’s single in the 2nd as
their lone hit.
1940: Red Rolfe has nine assists for the Yanks at third base against Boston‚
but the Red Sox win 8-1.
1936: At Boston‚ the Red Sox score six runs in the bottom of the first
inning‚ but the Yankees rebound with 7 in the 2nd. New York hold on to
win‚ 12-9. Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig trade homers while Frank Crosetti
is 5-for-6 and Bill Dickey 4-for-6.
1931: Yankee right fielder Dusty Cooke separates his shoulder diving for
a fly ball off the bat of Ossie Bluege of Washington‚ and first baseman
Lou Gehrig winds up chasing the ball‚ which becomes an inside-the-park
home run. With Babe Ruth sidelined‚ the shorthanded Yankees send pitcher
Red Ruffing to the outfield. The game’s most significant play comes
when, with Lyn Lary on base, Gehrig’s drive into the Washington center
field stands bounces back and is caught by center fielder Harry Rice.
According to the rules‚ this is a home run‚ but when Lary sees Rice
catching the ball‚ he thinks it is the final out of the inning.
Unnoticed by Joe McCarthy‚ doubling as the third base coach this day,
Lary heads for the dugout after rounding third. Gehrig circles the
bases‚ but he is called out and gets credit for a triple instead of a HR
and loses 2 RBI. As a result Gehrig will end the season tied for the HR
title with Babe Ruth at 46 and will have ‘only’ 184 RBI (still the AL
record). The Yanks also lose the game‚ 9-7‚ and McCarthy will do no more
on-field coaching this season. Gehrig’s triple also means that at the
year’s end the majors will collect 1‚070 triples‚ one more than the two
leagues will total in homers (1‚069). It will be the last season to date
that this has happened. For Cooke‚ the injury ends his season at 27
games played and a .333 batting average. The mishap will cut down his
effectiveness and after just 3 appearances the following year‚ he will
be traded to Boston.
The 1931 Yankees
1916: Fritz Maisel does his
part to keep the score down by getting thrown out 3 times trying to
steal against the A’s. The Yanks still win‚ 9-0.
1901: The visiting Boston Americans play their first game‚ losing to
Baltimore (soon to become the New York Highlanders)‚ 10-6. Iron Joe
McGinnity strikes out 9 in the win‚ and Mike Donlin cracks two triples
off losing pitcher Win Kellum.
1888: Ray Caldwell, Yankee ace of the teens of the last century – he won 19 games for the club in 1915 – is born.