4/30 in Yankee History

The red-letter day: 

1939: Lou Gehrig plays the last of his 2,130 consecutive games. The Iron Horse goes hitless in four at-bats against the Senators’ Joe Krakauskas, and is now hitting just .143 on the year. Gehrig will make the trip to Detroit with the team, however. Krakauskas gets the win in the 3-2 Washington victory.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1939/B04300NYA1939.htm

1903: The new American League franchise in New York, the Highlanders, plays its first home game. Hilltop Park opens with an estimated crowd of 16‚000 watching the hosts beat Washington 6-2. Jack Chesbro‚ who lost to the Nats on Opening Day‚ is today’s winner.

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      The 1903 New York Highlanders

On other 30ths of April…

2003: The Yankees defeat the visiting Mariners‚ 8-5‚ behind Raul Mondesi’s grand slam. Mariano Rivera‚ after a month of injury rehab‚ makes his first appearance of the year‚ giving up a run in the 9th. 

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2003/B04300NYA2003.htm 

1999: The Royals defeat the Yankees 13-6‚ as 2‚500 KC fans protest the wide disparity in baseball payrolls by turning their backs during Yankee at bats‚ and walking out en masse after the 5th inning. 

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1999/B04300KCA1999.htm 

1997: The Yankees get a lead off homer from Tim Raines and 9 strike outs from David Wells  to beat the Mariners‚ 3-2. Joe Torre wins his 1‚000th game while Dennis Martinez takes the loss‚ dropping his record against the Yanks to 2-18. Jay Buhner homers for the M’s in the 9th against Mariano Rivera. Tino Martinez hits his 9th HR in the 8th inning‚ upping his ML-record RBI total to 34 for the month. Martinez will have 40 RBIs in his first 30 games‚ the first player to do so since Roy Campanella in 1953; Campy had 44. 

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04300NYA1997.htm 

1996: In the longest 9-inning game in MLB history – 4 hours and 21 minutes – the Yankees outslug the Orioles‚ 13-10 to disappoint 43‚117 at Camden Yards. The host O’s score 9 runs off starter Andy Pettitte and take a 9-4 lead in the 2nd. New York ties it at 9-9 in the 5th‚ then wins it in the 7th on Tino Martinez’s 3-run shot. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill also homer for New York. The previous record for longest game was 4:18‚ set in a 1962 Dodgers-Giants game.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1996/B04300BAL1996.htm 


1989: The Yankees trade 23-year-old lefthander Al Leiter to the Blue Jays for outfielder Jesse Barfield. 

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1988: Dave Winfield drives in his 28th and 29th runs of the season in New York’s 15-3 rout of Texas‚ tying the ML record for RBI in April. Don Mattingly scores 5 runs for New York.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1988/B04300NYA1988.htm  

1973: The Yankees have the day off… along with the rest of the Major Leagues. With the exception of the All-Star break and labour disputes, this will be the last time that there is an entirely idle day on the MLB schedule until June 29‚ 1998.

1967: In a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle breaks a 1-1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4-1 win. California take the 2nd game 4-2 despite a Mantle pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2‚215‚ one more than Joe DiMaggio. 

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1967/B04302NYA1967.htm 

1958: The Yankees go down to their first defeat at home‚ losing to Detroit and Frank Lary‚ 10-1. The Motor City men wallop Whitey Ford for 7 runs in as many innings. 


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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1958/B04300NYA1958.htm 

1953: At Chicago‚ the Yankees beat the White Sox‚ 6-1‚ as Mickey Mantle takes Gene Bearden deep. . The ball might not have cleared the fence except for a fan’s interference, and Chi-town skipper Paul Richards protestations about it earn him a shower. Bill Renna adds his first ML homer‚ a triple‚ and single to back Whitey Ford.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1953/B04300CHA1953.htm 

1946: The Yankees are no-hit for the first time in their history. Dispelling the rumors that he had lost his fastball after nearly 4 years in the Navy‚ Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurls his second career no-no, winning the game 1-0 on Frankie Hayes’ home run in the 9th inning. Ironically, Bill Bevens, who will come within one out of pitching the first post-season no-hitter in history in the following year’s World Series, takes the loss for the Yanks. 

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1946/B04300NYA1946.htm 



1940: Patrick ‘Patsy’ Dougherty, who in 1904 became the first in a long line of Boston stars to relocate to New York, dies at the age of 63. 

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1938: After holding out through the spring and the first 12 games of the regular season‚ Joe DiMaggio makes his first appearance for the Yankees. In the 8-4 win over Washington‚ he singles and crashes into Joe Gordon, knocking himself and the second baseman unconscious and sending both men to the hospital. They’ll be back the next day.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1938/B04300WS11938.htm
  

1934: Red Ruffing hits a homer in the 9th off Jack Russell to defeat Washington 7-4 and put the Yankees in first place.

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http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1934/B04300WS11934.htm 

1918: Despite the failure of the NY State Legislature to approve Sunday baseball‚ it is announced that there will be Major League action on Sunday at the former Federal League Park in Harrison‚ New Jersey. All three New York teams – the Giants, Dodgers and Yankees – will participate. This arrangement would have been in effect last Sunday but the
Senators‚ scheduled to meet the Yanks‚ had already scheduled an exhibition game. The Sunday games in Harrison will necessitate the rescheduling of some minor league games from there. The agreement‚ in which the two leagues will pay $10‚000 a year in rent for the park comes about because of the settlement with the Federal League. 


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