5/30 in Yankee History
1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers‚ 8-1‚ Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan‚ Tommy John‚ Don Sutton‚ Mike Torrez‚ Rick Wise‚ Gaylord Perry‚ Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
1986: The Yanks and Sox complete a six-player swap with Ron Kittle‚ along with Wayne Tolleson and catcher Joel Skinner coming to New York. The White Sox receive-again-Ron Hassey‚ along with Carlos Martinez and a player to be named later (Bill Lindsey). Hassey was traded from the Cubs to the Yanks in December‚ 1984‚ back to Chicago (Sox) in December‚ 1985‚ back to the Bronx in February‚ and now to Chicago.
1968: New York and Washington split‚ with the Yankees winning the opener‚ 13-4‚ and the Senators the nitecap‚ 6-2. In the first game‚ Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with two home runs‚ and 5 RBIs for New York. He sits out the second game. Mantle’s last 5-for-5 game was on May 24‚ 1956.
1967: Whitey Ford, nearing 41‚ announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st‚ but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played in only 7 games this season.
1961: Roger Maris‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Moose Skowron each belt 2 homers‚ tying the ML record for most players (on one club) with multiple HRs in a 9-inning game. Yogi Berra adds a round-tripper as New York win at Fenway Park 12-3.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks earn a split with the Senators when‚ in game 2‚ Yogi Berra belts a two-run homer in the 8th inning. When Mickey Mantle makes the catch for the final out‚ he is surrounded by a group a fans‚ one of whom punches him in the face as he races for the dugout. Because of the incident‚ the Yankees announce that ushers using ropes – a tactic used at one point with DiMaggio – will escort Mantle off the field.
1956: Mickey Mantle hits one of the most memorable HRs in his career‚ in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators. He tags a pitch from Camilo Pascual that comes within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium I‚ something never accomplished by any major leaguer. The ball was still climbing when it caromed off the upper-stand facade‚ about 396 feet from home plate. Estimates are that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. It is Mantle’s 20th dinger of the season; no one else has ever hit 20 HRs before June. Mantle also goes long in the opener‚ off Pedro Ramos‚ with 2 on as New York sweeps‚ 4-3 and 12-5. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1956/B05301NYA1956.htm
1952: At New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 3rd is all the scoring the Yanks can muster against Bobby Shantz, as the ‘Mighty Molecule’ strikes out 11 on Memorial Day. Mantle doubles off Shantz in the 14th‚ but the A’s hold on for a 2-1 victory. Dave Philley knocks home the winner. In game 2‚ Bob Hooper loses a shutout with 2 out in the 9th‚ but wins‚ 4-2.
1951: In a doubleheader loss with Boston‚ Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle strikes out 3 times in the opener‚ and twice more to start
the 2nd game: Stengel lifts the slugger in the middle of the game for Cliff Mapes. In the opener‚ Ted Williams scores from second on a sacrifice bunt‚ and then ties the game with a HR. Vern Stephens’ 15th inning homer off Specs Shea wins it for Boston‚ 11-10. Williams then ties the nitecap with a double and Stephens’ single drives him home with the game winner as Boston triumphs‚ 9-4. Ray Scarborough and Bill Wight are today’s winners. The loss drops the Yanks into second place‚ where they’ll stay for a month.
1941: The Red Sox and Yanks split‚ New York winning the opener and Boston trouncing New York in the nitecap‚ 13-0. The Sox cap it off with a triple steal. Ted Williams laces 6 hits in the doubleheader‚ while Joe DiMaggio hits in both games to run his streak to 16. It is not a
good day for the DiMag‚ suffering from a cold‚ as he commits an error in the opener and 3 more in the nitecap.
1938:The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history‚ 83‚533‚ see Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove’s 8-game winning streak in a 10-0 victory over the Red Sox. Six thousand fans are turned away‚ and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also take the second game of the doubleheader‚ 5-4‚ in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee outfielder Jake Powell and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston pitcher Archie McKain hits Powell in the stomach with a pitch. Powell’s charge to
the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes. Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands‚ until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are fined and suspended for 10 days.
1936: At the Stadium‚ a crowd of 71‚000 watch the Bronx Bombers sweep the Nats‚ 7-1 and 6-1. DiMaggio has 3 doubles in the nitecap in support of Red Ruffing’s 2-hitter.
1934: Washington’s Earl Whitehill pitches a one-hitter‚ allowing a 9th-inning single by Ben Chapman, to defeat Lefty Gomez 1-0. In the nitecap‚ Yankee reliever Burleigh Grimes pitches the last 4 innings to pick up his 269th win‚ 5-4‚ in 11 innings. It is his first AL appearance and the last win for the Cooperstown-bound Grimes, as well as the last legal win by a spitballer.
1932: A plaque in memory of Miller Huggins‚ former Yankee manager‚ is dedicated at the Stadium‚ the first of an array of monuments erected in the ballpark. The Yanks then sweep the Red Sox‚ 7-5 and 13-3 to increase their lead to 5 games over Washington.
1912: The Highlanders play their first game at the Polo Grounds. The A’s roll, 7-1, with Jim ‘Hippo’ Vaughn taking the loss for New York.
1905: The Yankees sell veteran outfielder John Anderson to Washington.
Anderson in his days with St.Louis