5/05 in Yankee History
2009: Jorge Posada is placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Jose Molina moves into the starting catcher slot, and Francisco Cervelli is recalled from the AA Trenton Thunder as his backup.
2001: Andy Pettitte beats the Orioles 5-2 by holding them to two hits and no earned runs over seven. Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to execute a straight steal of home in eight years when he accomplishes the feat in the 3rd inning.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Twins 5-3
at the Stadium, with Andy Pettitte getting his first win of the
campaign. For the first time since 1958, there are no games in either
league scheduled west of Kansas City; all
games are in the Eastern or Central time zone. All the West Coast teams
are on the road.
Yankee prospect Edwin Salcedo, playing for the Tampa Yankees in the
Florida State League, hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the
Brevard County Manatees‚ but does not even receive credit for a single.
Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases‚ and is called out
on appeal. The Manatees win the game 5-3.
Kevin Maas homers in the top of the 16th to give New York a 4-3 lead
over the Mariners. Greg Briley answers with a 2-run game walkoff HR to
give the home side a 5-4 win.
The Yankees and Toronto swap first baseman‚ with New York getting John
Mayberry (who once bedevilled the Bombers in the playoffs in his days
with the Kansas City Royals) and the Jays taking Dave Revering. Toronto
also receive 2 minor league prospects.
Babe Ruth and 36 other players ‘lose’ home runs because of a ruling
reversal by the Baseball Records Committee, who decide to stay with the
pre-1920 rules on sudden death home runs. This rule stated that a team
batting last in the 9th or in extra innings could not win by more than
one run. Before 1920 if a player hit an outside-the-park home run with a
runner(s) on base‚ he was not credited with a homer. The Babe loses credit for a blow that he struck to win a game with the White Sox on July 8, 1918.
In Hyogo, Japan, future Yankee pitcher Hideki ‘Fat P**** Toad’ Irabu is born. Happy 42nd, Hideki!
1965: Elston Howard undergoes elbow surgery. The Yankees catcher will be out until June 4th.
1956: The Yankees clout four homers – Yogi Berra’s‚ Hank Bauer’s inside-the-parker‚ and two
moonshots by Mickey Mantle – to top the visiting A’s‚ 5-2. Mantle’s second blast
hits the right field facade just inside the foul pole‚ and almost clears the
In Cleveland‚ the Yanks send 13 batters to the plate in the 4th and
score 8 to roll to an 11-1 win over Bob Lemon. Winner Whitey Ford scores
two runs and is lifted in the 8th after Wally Westlake spoils his
shutout with a homer. The loss drops the Indians a half game behind the
1952: Mickey Mantle’s father dies of Hodgkin’s Disease and Mantle will miss six games
attending the funeral and seeing to family matters in Oklahoma.
Mickey’s grandfather died eight years earlier of the same disease.
Before the start of a series with the Yanks‚ the White Sox abandon
their trick left field fence. The 5-foot chicken wire fence‚ erected to
cut the distance by 20 feet‚ resulted in 11 HRs in 8 games‚ but
opponents hit 7 of them. The AL will subsequently rule that fences
cannot be moved more than once a season. The Yanks still win today‚ 7-5‚
to go 13-3. Tommy Henrich has the only homer‚ while Johnny Lindell‚
Yankee left fielder‚ twice makes catches of drives that would have been
out of the park with the shorter fence.
Allie Reynolds‚ with help from Joe Page‚ is the winner.
Making his first Yankee start‚ Lefty Gomez (1-1) goes all the way to
beat the White Sox‚ 4-1‚ on a 5-hitter. Red Faber takes the loss for
Chicago. Lefty’s one other appearance‚ in relief‚ resulted in a loss on
Bob Cerv, member of 9 Yankee pennant winners and 6 World Championship
teams in the ’50s and early ’60s, is born. Happy 85th, Bob!
Everett Scott is benched by New York manager Miller Huggins‚ ending his
record 1‚307-game playing streak. Pee Wee Wanninger replaces him at
shortstop in the 6-2 loss to the A’s. Scott will soon go to Washington
on waivers. The Yanks send lefty hurler Ray Francis to the Red Sox for
outfielder Bobby Veach and pitcher Alex Ferguson. The two will be waived
together in August.
The 1925 Yankees
The Yankees beat Walter Johnson and the Senators‚ 7-1‚ racking up 11
hits. Only one of the runs off Johnson is earned as Carl Mays is the
Babe Ruth is 2-for-2‚ both doubles‚ draws two walks‚ and drives home two.
Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays relieves Bath Ruth with the score 4-2 in the
9th against the Yankees. New York tie the game on a 2-out error by third
baseman Larry Gardner‚ and win 8-4 in 13 innings. Mays makes his first
appearance of the year following a tonsil operation in the spring.
1909: Highlanders pitcher Lew Brockett records 9 assists in his 2-0 win over the Boston Americans.
1904: At Hilltop Park, the Washington Nationals notch their first win of the year in
beating the Highlanders 9-4. They snap their 13-game losing streak, which is an AL record to start the season.