5/27 in Yankee History
2003: The Yankees wallop the Red Sox‚ 11-3‚ ending Nomar Garciaparra’s 26-game hitting streak in the process
1996: The Yankees pound the Angels16-5 to remain in first place aheadof the Orioles by a game. Bernie Williams‚ making his first start since missing 14 games because of injuries‚ has his 2nd 5-hit game of the year‚ The Yankees‚ down 5-4 after 4 innings‚ jump on former teammate Jim Abbott (1-8) and two relievers to score 8 runs in the 5th inning. Abbott will lose another 5 before winning. He will finish at 2-18.
1960: At the Stadium, Orioles’ catcher Clint Courtney uses an oversized mitt in an effort to handle the pitches of knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The mitt, designed by Baltimore manager Paul Richards, is 50 percent larger than the standard. Courtney handles Wilhelm’s pitches flawlessly in a 3 – 2 win over the Yanks. The oversized mitt will later be banned.
1953: Ed Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows 3 hits in a 3-1 Yankee win. Joe Collins‚ Billy Martin‚ and Yogi Berra hit solo homers for New York. Mickey Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak‚ the 3rd longest AL streak of the century.
1945: After losing 9 straight to the Browns over 2 seasons‚ the Yanks brush aside the jinx to sweep a pair‚ winning 10-9 and 3-1. The Browns blow a 8-2 lead in the first game and lose in the 14th inning. The nitecap is called after 8 innings because of darkness.
1943: In a 3-2 loss to the Tigers‚ Yankee hurler Johnny Allen‚ incensed over a balk call‚ attacks umpire George Barr and is suspended for 30 days and fined $200. On May 21st‚ Frank Crosetti made his first start after serving a 30-day suspension for umpire pushing. This occurred in the third game of the World Series when the Crow pushed Bill Summers.
1941: Joe DiMaggio extends his hitting streak to 12 games by going 4-for-5 with three runs and three ribbies to pace the Yankees to a 10-8 win over the Senators.
1927: The Yankees split a twinbill with the Senators‚ losing 7-2 before winning‚ 5-0. Herb Pennock goes just 4 innings in game 1 and watches as Tris Speaker and Joe Judge pull off a delayed double steal. Speaker swipes home. Lou Gehrig hits his 11th homer in game 2 to back Waite Hoyt‚ who allows 3 hits in the 5-0 victory.
1920: At Fenway‚ New York’s Bob Shawkey walks in a run in the 4th inning and yells at the umpire George Hildebrand. When play resumes‚ Shawkey takes 5 minutes to tie his shoe on the mound. Then after a called third strike on Harry Hooper‚ he doffs his cap and bows low to the arbiter. As Shawkey walks past Hildebrand‚ the ump informs him that he’s out of the game: Shawkey’s response is to swing at the ump, and Hildebrand then bangs the angry hurler over the head with his mask. Carl Mays replaces Shawkey and gives up no runs to insure the Yankees’ 6-1 win. Shawkey draws a one week suspension and a $200 fine for his theatrics. Additional fireworks are provided by Babe Ruth who clubs homers off Harry Harper and Benn Karr. Ruth has now belted four homers in three days‚ the first 20th century slugger to do so (Ed Williamson was the other MLB hitter‚ in 1884): He’ll hit his 11th in tomorrow’s double win over the Hubmen.
Off the field, Broadway show composer Louis Hirsch sues the Yankees for $100‚000 because of an incident at the Yankee game at the Polo Grounds on the 24th. To avoid sitting next to a cigar smoker‚ Hirsch switched seats with his brother. An usher informed him it was against the rules to shift seats‚ and ordered the two brothers to switch back. Hirsch refused and was forcibly ejected from the stands.
1916: The Yankees’ Ray Keating gives up 3 hits on his way to beating Babe Ruth and the Red Sox 4-2. Ruth has two hits for Boston.