5/22 in Yankee History
1999: The Yankees defeat the White Sox10-2 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Roger Clemens gets the win for New York‚ giving him an AL record 18 consecutive victories over the course of 2 seasons. The White Sox come back to take the 2nd game by a score of 2-1.
1996: The A’s spoil Dwight Gooden Day in New York City by hitting 5 solo homers – three by Yankee-killer Geronimo Berroa – to beat the Yankees 5-1. The 5 runs‚ all coming on homers‚ ties the ML mark.
1981: With Rick Waits on the mound in the 6th‚ Bucky Dent hits into a triple play. But the Yankees win‚ 3-2‚ the margin a 2-run homer by Dave Winfield. The win goes to Dave Righetti (1-0).
1977: In the second game of a twinbill, Ron Guidry stops a 3-game Yankee losing streak with a 4-hitter to defeat the Orioles‚ 8-2.
1963: At the Stadium‚ New York blow a 7-0 lead and allow Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mickey Mantle‚ leading off the 11th‚ is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve‚ then cannons a 2-2 pitch that almost clears the right field roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit‚” Mantle later comments‚ a ball that‚ by some accounts‚ was still rising when it struck a foot below the top. It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald‚ a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories‚ that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the facade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands‚” Mantle tells Dale Long‚ from whom he had borrowed the cudgel.
1962: Roger Maris‚ who went all of 1961 without receiving an intentional walk‚ gets 4 in a 12-inning 2-1 win against the Angels to set an AL record. Maris receives 5 walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford‚ Jim Coates‚ Bud Daley and Bob Turley) combine to give up just one hit in 12 innings. Ford leaves after 7 innings because of back spasms‚ and Coates gives up the lone hit‚ a one-out 9th-inning single to Bob Rodgers. It is the 2nd time this month that a Yanks attempt at a tag-team no-hitter gets spoiled in the 9th.
1954: At the Stadium‚ Allie Reynolds tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Red Sox to win 7-0. Mickey Mantle is the offense‚ going 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs. The Mick will knock in 10 runs in the 3-game series against the Red Sox.
1953: Yanks outfielder Irv Noren ends the game by lining back to pitcher Bob Porterfield‚ who starts a triple play‚ as the Senators beat the Yankees 12-4. The Nats score five in the 1st inning off Allie Reynolds. Washington tallies 18 hits including a 3-run homer and 2-run double by Clyde Vollmer. Johnny Mize hits pinch single in the 9th‚ his 5th pinch single in a row‚ breaking a mark set by Cleveland’s Les Fleming in 1947. Mize has had a walk and been hit by a pitch in his last 7 pinch appearances.
1934: The Indians stop the Yankees‚ 5-1‚ with Lou Gehrig driving in the lone run for New York. For the second time in his career‚ Lou has driven in at least one run a game for 10 straight games.
1933: Joe Sewell fans for the first time this season in a 3-0 Yankee win behind Lefty Gomez over Sewell’s old team‚ Cleveland. Sewell will strike out only 3 more times in 524 at bats.
1930: In Philadelphia‚ the Yankees and the Athletics continue the home run barrage as the visitors take both games of a second straight doubleheader‚ 10-1 and 20-13. Babe Ruth hits a pair of homers in the opener‚ as does Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras. The Yanks score 9 runs in the first two innings of the second game‚ but the A’s come back to tie it at 12 apiece. The Yanks win the assault 20-13 as Tony Lazzeri is 4-for-4 scores 5 runs‚ and knocks in 4. Ruth hits another in the 2nd game‚ while Gehrig powers 3 round trippers to drive in 8 runs. On the A’s side‚ Jimmie Foxx has 2 homers to drive in 6 runs. For the afternoon‚ the teams combine to hit 14 round trippers‚ a then-record 10 in game 2.
1923:Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie between the Yanks and White Sox by clouting a 2-run homer in the 15th inning. The blow breaks up a tense pitching duel between little Mike Cvengosa and Herb Pennock‚ who goes the distance giving up just 4 hits. The Yanks have now won 12 of 13 contests in their western swing.
1922: Down 3-0 to the Browns’ Vangilder‚ Babe Ruth finally puts the Yankees on the board with a homer in the 8th. The Yankees win in the 13th when Ev Scott’s single off Hub Pruett scores Bob Meusel.
1913: Browns rookie Dwight Stone gives up six hits‚ seven walks and plunks three batters‚ but still beats the Yankees 7-0. The visiting New Yorkers strand a modern Major League record 15 runners in the shutout by Stone‚ who will win just one more game in 1913. Ed Klepfer is the losing pitcher in his only decision of the year. The record will be matched three times and finally topped‚ in 1994. The NL record of 14 runners stranded in a shutout was set less than 2 weeks ago by Pittsburgh against Philly.