5/13 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
In Cleveland‚ fans have no trouble telling the players apart‚ as both
teams wear numbers on their uniform backs for the first time in Major
League history. The Indians beat the Yanks 4-3‚ despite a homer by New
York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th‚
Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York‚ it is
their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.
The 1929 Yankees
On other 13ths of May…
The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them
up 10-5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the 9th to tie‚ but
the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the top of the 11th to win.
The big hit in the worst blown save of the Yankee closer’s career is
Jeff Conine’s HR.
The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres‚ 6-2‚ as Todd Stottlemyre wins the
136th game of his career. His dad, Mel, won 164 games in a 10-year
career spent entirely with the Yankees, and the two now become the first
father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.
Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees’
7-run 6th inning‚ as New York beat the Twins 11-2. Bernie Williams
belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2-2 tie. Martinez’s homer‚ his
15th‚ leaves him one behind Ken Griffey and puts him in select Yankee
company: only Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers
in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions
have won 17 of their last 23‚ while the Twins lose for the 16th time in
Ed Figueroa pitches his fourth straight complete game‚ and Thurman
Munson cracks a 7th inning homer to lead New York to a 3-0 win over the
In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees tie a Major
League record by hitting 4 solo homers in a shutout game in which no
other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on
August 2‚ 1956. Roy White‚ Bobby Murcer‚ Ron Blomberg and Graig Nettles
all go long in the 4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the
winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score
zero when Eddie Watts contributes 4 innings of relief. The Orioles win‚
It’s Friday the 13th, and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle
homers from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career. In
all‚ Mantle has 3 roundtrippers‚ the first two lefty against starter
Steve Gromek‚ and the third off Bob Miller‚ all to the deep reaches of
the bleachers in right center. The Mick adds a single to complete a
total of 5 RBIs, accounting for all of his team’s runs as New York beat
Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins
Tony Lazzeri (1927)‚ Ben Chapman (1932)‚ and Bill Dickey (1939) as the
only Yanks to hit three homers in a game at the Stadium.
At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park‚ Mickey Mantle hits his first righty
homer‚ off Alex Kellner‚ in the majors‚ then makes the last out by
popping up his bunt attempt with the tying run on 3rd. The A’s win 5-4‚
then win the nitecap as well. Mantle has no homers in the 2nd game loss‚
but misses 2nd base on a hit.
1947: The Yankees pound the Browns 9-1 with Charlie Keller‚ Joe
DiMaggio and Johnny Lindell combining for consecutive homers off
starter Fred Sanford in the 6th inning.
The Yankees become the first Major League team to sign a contract with
an airline to fly on a regular basis‚ as they take a United flight to
St. Louis to take on the Browns. Red Ruffing and four others choose to
take the train.
1945: Atley Donald is victorious over
the Indians 1-0 in 10 innings when New York break through against
pitcher Red Embree. A walk‚ a bunt single‚ a sac bunt and a sac fly by
Russ Derry plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe‚ with his
only loss coming on August 21‚ 1941 when Feller won‚ 2-0. Cleveland win
the second game of the twinbill 4-2‚ behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter.
Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and
drives in three runs‚ as the Yankees trip the Browns‚ 4-2. Gehrig‚
hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats.
Tommy Henrich‚ making his second appearance‚ bats third. He collects a
pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a
1934: Lou Gehrig victimizes
Cleveland’s Lloyd Brown with a grand slam for the second time when he
launches one his first time up in the game. Ben Chapman also homers and
triples twice as the Yanks roll before a Sunday Stadium crowd of 35,000,