5/24 in Yankee History
1989: Yankees reliever Lee Guetterman gives up 5 runs in the 9th inning of New York’s 11-4 loss to California‚ ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3. It is the longest season-opening streak in the majors since Harry Brecheen’s in 1948‚ and the longest season-opening streak ever by a reliever.
1979: Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar‚
with whom he brawled last November, in an incident that led to his second firing as Yankee manager. Hagar had filed suit for assault‚
leading to an out-of-court settlement.
1977: Carlos May and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 6th as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Red Sox‚ 6-5.
1967: The Yankees top Baltimore‚ 2-0. Mickey Mantle’s 3rd inning drive to the wall is caught by Frank Robinson but the ball pops out and over the fence for a home run.
1956: Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in an 11-4 win against the Tigers. Mantle is hitting .421. He combines with Joe Collins for back-to-back homers‚ off Duke Maas.
1952: Jimmy Piersall and New York’s Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston‚ then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo‚ along with starter Ellis Kinder‚ to break it up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks‚ 5-2.
1951: Mickey Mantle is 0-for-5 but reaches base twice after striking out on a wild pitch. The second time‚ in the 6th inning‚ he reaches second base before Detroit catcher Joe Ginsberg can retrieve the ball‚ and Joe DiMaggio follows with a homer to deep left field. New York wins‚ 11-1‚ behind Joe Ostrowski.
1947: Matching the Big Chief’s game yesterday‚ Spud Chandler gives the Yankees a 5-0 win over Boston‚ allowing 2 hits.
1936: Tony Lazzeri sets several slugging marks with two grand slams‚ a third homer‚ and a triple for 15 total bases in a 25-2 massacre of the Athletics at Shibe Park. Tony has now hit 7 HRs in 4 games and 6 in three games. He also sets a new AL mark of 11 RBIs in one game. Joe DiMaggio has three hits‚ including a homer‚ and Frank Crosetti also goes deep as a league mark is tied when 9 Yanks score two or more runs. Another MLB record is tied when Ben Chapman draws 5 walks as the Yanks are handed 16 bases on balls. Lou Gehrig exits early and is replaced by his favorite sub‚ Jack Saltzgaver. Monte Pearson is the winner over George Turbeville in the laugher.
1932: Lefty Gomez allows only 3 hits and strikes out 13 as the Yanks top the A’s 3-1.
1930: In New York‚ the Yanks and A’s play their third doubleheader in 4 days. Babe Ruth homers in both games‚ giving him 8 in six games‚ and drives home 7 runs to help New York sweep‚ 10-6 and 11-1. Newly acquired Red Ruffing is the easy winner in the nitecap.
1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ a Major League 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the second-place A’s. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski‚ managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack‚ nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs‚ Leo Durocher‚ Babe Ruth‚ Lou Gehrig‚ Tony Lazzeri and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb‚ Triss Speaker‚ Mickey Cochrane‚ Al Simmons‚ Eddie Collins‚ Lefty Grove‚ and Jimmie Foxx for the A's] Led by Tony Lazzeri’s three hits and six RBIs‚ the Yanks edge the A’s‚ 9-7‚ handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A’s win the nitecap‚ 5-2‚ behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
1919: Former pitcher Smokey Joe Wood hits a home run in the 19th inning – his second of the game-to end a 3:45 marathon with a 3-2 Cleveland win over New York. Cleveland pitcher Stan Coveleski goes the distance allowing 12 hits. For New York‚ Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker’s 11 assists tie the AL record for a third baseman in an extra-inning game.