May 2011

5/07 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1921: Bob
Meusel becomes the first Yankee to hit for the cycle. He connects for a
2-run third inning home run off Walter Johnson, and his triple with 2 on
beats the Senators 6-5 in the 9th. Babe Ruth strikes out 3 times
against Johnson‚ then poles a homer in the 8th that lands in a tree
outside of right field. Former President Woodrow Wilson is on hand for the action in Washington.


On other 7ths of May…

2009: At the Stadium, Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers off Mariano Rivera in a 9th inning that began with the teams tied 6-6. The Yanks
were behind early, but came back to level the match on Johnny Damon’s two-run double and two-run home run, A rare Mariano meltdown makes it all for naught, though.


The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000th win
as Yankee manager. He is the fourth man in the job to reach the level,
joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.


The first-place Yankees score 8 runs in the 6th inning to beat the
hapless Tigers‚ 12-5. Paul O’Neill goes 2-for-3 to raise his average to
.384‚ and Ruben Sierra drives home 4 runs. After the game‚ the Yankee
players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the
front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone
has been experiencing numbness in his pitching hand as a result.


1970: Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 7-3 Yankee win over Oakland.

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With the Yankees off to a 4-16 start, General Manager Ralph Houk fires
Johnny Keane and reinstalls himself in the dugout. New York will win 13
of the next 17 under Houk.


The Los Angeles Coliseum is jammed by 93‚103 on “Roy Campanella Night”
for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. This is the
largest crowd in ML history. The Yanks win 6-2.


As the Yankees take the Indians in Cleveland, Gil McDougald hits a
wicked line-drive in the 1st inning that strikes the Tribe’s Herb Score
in the right eye. Score‚ with a broken nose and lacerations‚ is carried
off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game‚ 2-1.
Score will return the following year, but his mechanics will never be
the same.


Powered by Elston Howard’s first Major League homer‚ and Mickey
Mantle’s tie breaker to straightaway center in the 8th‚ the visiting
Yanks move past the Red Sox 9-6. The Yanks spot Boston a 5-0 lead before
roaring back with three in the 9th.

At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra go ‘back to back and belly
to belly’ in the 7th to pin a 2-0 loss on the A’s Morrie Martin.


1939: Joe Gordon smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15-4 hosing of the White Sox.


          Joe Gordon

Red Ruffing once again finds himself sitting on a cushion – in his last start,  the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.

1929: Yankee
southpaw (and birthday boy) Tom Zachary wins a 6-5 game in relief at St. Louis‚ the first
of his 12 victories without a loss for the year‚ a ML record. No pitcher
will win more games in a season without losing one. His batterymate‚
rookie Bill Dickey‚ helps out with his first major league homer‚ off
General Crowder.


At Comiskey Park‚ Lou Gehrig christens the new right field pavilion by
parking a 9th inning grand slam there‚ off Ted Lyons. It is the 1st
homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8-0 win behind Herb


At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees pound the Red Sox‚ 10-3‚ scoring all
of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yanks come to the plate in the
Ray Caldwell gets the win for the home side

New York’s Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers‚ allowing
just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Ty Cobb strikes out his first
two times up‚ then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win 6-0


          Ray Keating 

During the Highlanders’ 7-2 win over visiting Washington‚ home plate umpire Tim
Hurst punches New York manager Clark Griffith in the mouth after
Griffith accidentally steps on his shoe during a 10-minute argument
following a close play in the 5th inning. Griffith is tossed today but
Hurst will be suspended for 5 days.


          Clark Griffith

At the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the New York and Boston AL
franchises play each other for the first time. Lewis ‘Snake’ Wiltse gets
the ball for the Highlanders, while Bill Dineen gets the start for the
future Red Sox, currently known as the Americans. Boston win 6-2 in 1
hour 38 minutes. 


     Snake Wiltse

5/06 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1911: The Yankees turn their first ever triple play, and top the Red Sox 6-3 in the process. The
play happens in the 9th inning with Russ Ford on the mound, when Boston
catcher Bill ‘Rough’ Carrigan lines into a game ending triple-killing.


On other 6ths of May…

2005: After a tautly played nine innings against the A’s at the Stadium, the wheels fall off the Bomber bus in the 10th. Mariano Rivera loads the bases on a walk, hit by pitch, and single. He gets the grounder he wants to normally sure-handed Tino Martinez, but the first baseman boots the grounder and then throws it away for a
double error. Then after nailing a runner at the plate for the first
out, Alex Rodriguez makes an error as well, and the A’s walked off with a 6-3 win. The Yanks fail to post any runs in the bottom half of the inning, and the visitors walk off with a 6-3 win.


At Camden Yards‚ the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles‚
winning 2-1‚ behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the
8th to break a 1-1 tie. The Yanks tie an MLB record by starting the
season 13-0 against below .500 teams‚ matching a mark set by the 1902
Pirates and the 1966 Indians.


2000: The Yanks defeat the Orioles 3-1‚ as Roger Clemens records
his 250th career victory. He is the 39th pitcher to reach the mark. 



In a wild game‚ the Yankees (22-6) beat the Rangers‚ 15-13‚ after
jumping out to a 9-0 lead with 2 in the 1st and 7 in the 2nd. But the
Rangers came back with 7 in the 3rd. After the Yankees score 4 in the
top of the 4th‚ the Rangers score 3 to cut the lead to 13-10‚ then tie
it with 3 in the 6th. Jorge Posada’s RBI single gives the Yankees the
lead in the 8th. Derek Jeter has 4 hits‚ including a triple and homer‚
and 5 RBI‚ while Paul O’Neill contributes 3 hits‚ 2 runs‚ 2 RBI‚ a
double and a HR. Juan Gonzalez has 3 hits‚ 5 RBI‚ 3 runs and a HR for
the Rangers. The game is a turning point for David Wells. After Wells
allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 2/3 innings‚ he receives a tongue lashing
from Joe Torre which proves therapeutic.


In a 9-5 loss to Texas‚ Yankee second baseman Willie Randolph pulls the
hidden ball trick on the Rangers’ Bump Wills in the first inning. In
1980‚ Randolph will have it pulled on him, and he joins Orlando Cepeda
as the only 2 players known to have pulled off the HBT, and to have
pulled on them.


The Yanks hit four home runs – two by Hector Lopez and one apiece by
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris – to back Jim Bouton’s 9-2 win  in the
opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington come back from a
4-0 deficit to win the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ despite a 3 -run Mantle homer off
starter Claude Osteen.


Mickey Mantle hits HRs right- and lefthanded for the 9th time‚ in the
2nd game of a doubleheader‚ as the Yankees win 8-0 over the Senators at
the Stadium. His first homer follows a Roger Maris round-tripper. The
shutout is Jim Bouton’s first win the majors. In the opener‚ a 4-2 Nats
win‚ Mantle accounts for both Yankee runs with a lefthanded blast.


At Fenway‚ Mickey Mantle lines a first inning solo shot into the Yankee
bullpen‚ and Bob Turley shuts out Boston the rest of the way for a 6-0
New York win. Frank Sullivan is the losing pitcher.


The Yankees get Red Ruffing‚ loser of 47 games in the past 2 years and
with a lifetime record of 39-96‚ from the Red Sox for $50‚000 and Cedric Durst.


Carl Mays allows 2 hits-both to Bing Miller – and faces just 29 batters
as the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 2-0. It is the submariner’s 19th straight
win over Philadelphia and his 2nd in 2 weeks.


1914: Babe Ruth hits his first Major League home run, off the Yankees’ Jack Warhop in the
3rd inning at the Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the
game in the 13th‚ 4-3‚ as the Red Sox make 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.


5/05 in Yankee History

2009: Jorge Posada is placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Jose Molina moves into the starting catcher slot, and Francisco Cervelli is recalled from the AA Trenton Thunder as his backup.


2001: Andy Pettitte beats the Orioles 5-2 by holding them to two hits and no earned runs over seven. Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to execute a straight steal of home in eight years when he accomplishes the feat in the 3rd inning.


1999: The Yankees defeat the Twins 5-3
at the Stadium, with Andy Pettitte getting his first win of the
campaign. For the first time since 1958, there are no games in either
league scheduled west of Kansas City; all
games are in the Eastern or Central time zone. All the West Coast teams
are on the road.


Yankee prospect Edwin Salcedo, playing for the Tampa Yankees in the
Florida State League, hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the
Brevard County Manatees‚ but does not even receive credit for a single.
Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases‚ and is called out
on appeal. The Manatees win the game 5-3.



Kevin Maas homers in the top of the 16th to give New York a 4-3 lead
over the Mariners. Greg Briley answers with a 2-run game walkoff HR to
give the home side a 5-4 win.


The Yankees and Toronto swap first baseman‚ with New York getting John
Mayberry (who once bedevilled the Bombers in the playoffs in his days
with the Kansas City Royals) and the Jays taking Dave Revering. Toronto
also receive 2 minor league prospects. 


Babe Ruth  and 36 other players ‘lose’ home runs because of a ruling
reversal by the Baseball Records Committee, who decide to stay with the
pre-1920 rules on sudden death home runs. This rule stated that a team
batting last in the 9th or in extra innings could not win by more than
one run. Before 1920 if a player hit an outside-the-park home run with a
runner(s) on base‚ he was not credited with a homer.
The Babe loses credit for a blow that he struck to win a game with the White Sox on July 8, 1918.


In Hyogo, Japan, future Yankee pitcher Hideki ‘Fat P**** Toad’ Irabu is born. Happy 42nd, Hideki!

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1965: Elston Howard undergoes elbow surgery. The Yankees catcher will be out until June 4th.

1956: The Yankees clout four homers – Yogi Berra’s‚ Hank Bauer’s inside-the-parker‚ and two
moonshots by Mickey Mantle – to top the visiting A’s‚ 5-2. Mantle’s second blast 
hits the right field facade just inside the foul pole‚ and almost clears the


In Cleveland‚ the Yanks send 13 batters to the plate in the 4th and
score 8 to roll to an 11-1 win over Bob Lemon. Winner Whitey Ford scores
two runs and is lifted in the 8th after Wally Westlake spoils his
shutout with a homer. The loss drops the Indians a half game behind the
leading Yanks.


1952: Mickey Mantle’s father dies of Hodgkin’s Disease and Mantle will miss six games
attending the funeral and seeing to family matters in Oklahoma.
Mickey’s grandfather died eight years earlier of the same disease.



Before the start of a series with the Yanks‚ the White Sox abandon
their trick left field  fence. The 5-foot chicken wire fence‚ erected to
cut the distance by 20 feet‚ resulted in 11 HRs in 8 games‚ but
opponents hit 7 of them. The AL will subsequently rule that fences
cannot be moved more than once a season. The Yanks still win today‚ 7-5‚
to go 13-3. Tommy Henrich has the only homer‚ while Johnny Lindell‚
Yankee left fielder‚ twice makes catches of drives that would have been
out of the park with the shorter fence.


Allie Reynolds‚ with help from Joe Page‚ is the winner.

Making his first Yankee start‚ Lefty Gomez (1-1) goes all the way to
beat the White Sox‚ 4-1‚ on a 5-hitter. Red Faber  takes the loss for
Chicago. Lefty’s one other appearance‚ in relief‚ resulted in a loss on
April 29th.


Bob Cerv, member of 9 Yankee pennant winners and 6 World Championship
teams in the ’50s and early ’60s, is born. Happy 85th, Bob!


Everett Scott is benched by New York manager Miller Huggins‚ ending his
record 1‚307-game playing streak. Pee Wee Wanninger replaces him at
shortstop in the 6-2 loss to the A’s. Scott will soon go to Washington
on waivers. The Yanks send lefty hurler Ray Francis to the Red Sox for
outfielder Bobby Veach and pitcher Alex Ferguson. The two will be waived
together in August.


                             The 1925 Yankees 

The Yankees beat Walter Johnson and the Senators‚ 7-1‚ racking up 11
hits. Only one of the runs off Johnson is earned as Carl Mays is the
easy winner.


Babe Ruth is 2-for-2‚ both doubles‚ draws two walks‚ and drives home two.

Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays relieves Bath Ruth with the score 4-2 in the
9th against the Yankees. New York tie the game on a 2-out error by third
baseman Larry Gardner‚ and win 8-4 in 13 innings. Mays makes his first
appearance of the year following a tonsil operation in the spring.

1909: Highlanders pitcher Lew Brockett records 9 assists in his 2-0 win over the Boston Americans.


1904: At Hilltop Park, the Washington Nationals notch their first win of the year in
beating the Highlanders 9-4. They snap their 13-game losing streak, which is an AL record to start the season.



5/04 in Yankee History

2006: Jim Delsing, the last player to wear no. 7 for the Yankees before Mickey Mantle, dies at the age of 80.

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1981: Yankee reliever Ron Davis strikes
out the last 8 batters of the game in a 4-2 win over the Angels‚ tying
Nolan Ryan’s AL record (done twice) for consecutive strikeouts and
setting a new record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.


1963: The Yankees edge the Twins‚ 3-2‚ beating Jim Kaat on 3 solo homers. Elston Howard hits a pair‚ and Mickey Mantle adds one.


Mickey Mantle homers and extends his hitting streak to 16 games‚ as the
Yankees top the Twins‚ 5-2. New York sweep all 3 games in Minnesota.


In St. Louis‚ the Yanks pummel the Browns 8-1 behind Eddie Lopat.
Mickey Mantle‚ again batting leadoff and playing in right field‚
connects for his 2nd homer‚ off Duane Pillette‚ a 450 ft. shot in the
6th inning.


1950: The White Sox‚ helped by Bob “Sugar” Cain’s 5-hitter‚ embarrass the Yankees 15-0 at the Stadium.


score ties the Yanks’ team record‚ set in 1907‚ for the most runs in a
shutout loss. One bright spot for the Yankees in the humiliating defeat
is Phil Rizzuto’s 3 hits.

1933: Lefty Gomez throws no-hit ball
for 8 innings before Detroit’s Charlie Gehringer leads off the 9th with a
home run. Gerald Walker follows with a double‚ reaches third when Gomez
throws a wild pitch‚ and scores. Gomez then retires the side for a 5-2
Yankee win.


At Comiskey Park‚ Lou Gehrig wallops three home runs against the Sox in
an 11-9 New York shootout. His second round-tripper‚ in the 7th inning‚
is sandwiched between blasts by Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel. With his
homer off Red Faber in the 2nd‚ Gehrig joins Ruth as the second slugger
to clear the right field stands‚ 75 feet high and 360 feet away from
home plate. The Ruthian clout came off Tommy Thomas in 1927. His last
homer of the day is served up by Dan Dugan.

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1920: Jack Quinn tosses a five-hitter as the Yankees beat Boston’s Waite Hoyt‚ 5-0.


Umpire Dick Nallin clears the Yankee bench in the 6th inning because of ‘too much conversation.’

At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees set an ML record (since tied) by
laying down 8 sacrifices‚ 6 coming on bunts‚ and nudge Boston 5-4. The
bunting by New York takes advantage of Boston lefty Babe Ruth‚ who is
nursing a hangover. The Babe makes 2 errors and has 9 assists handling
13 fielding chances. Despite contributing his first homer of the year‚
plus a double‚ Ruth loses to Allan Russell. Boston’s first baseman Dick
Hoblitzell injures his finger‚ and in the next game Ruth will make his
first career start as a position player.


5/03 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

Playing in left field,  Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with
the Yankees and has 3 hits, one a triple€š as New York rout St. Louis
14-5 at the Stadium. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Lou Gehrig and
Ben Chapman collect 4 hits each and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York
will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make
room,€š the Yankees waive outfielder Dixie Walker,€š who is hitting
.350,€š to the White Sox.


On other 3rds of May…

2005: Robinson Cano makes his Major League debut. The rookie’s first appearance is a somewhat downbeat affair, though, as he goes hitless in  three trips to the plate. Meanwhile, Kevin Brown has one of his most inglorious days as a Yankee, surrendering hits to 8 of the first 9 Rays batters he faces at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay will jump out to a 6-0 lead, and then coast to an 11-4 win.


2000: The Major League Baseball Players Association again denies several
major-leaguers, including Shane Spencer of the Yankees, admission to the union. The players crossed picket lines
during the 1994-95 strike becoming replacement players. These players
don’t pay union dues‚ receive full pension benefits‚ and can to use the
Association’s grievance procedure. However‚ they do not receive a share
of royalties from the sale of baseball merchandise.


Yankee rookie Mike Blowers, handed the starting job at third base, ties
an AL record by committing 4 errors at the hot corner in the struggling
Bombers’ 10-5 loss to the Indians.


1986: Don Mattingly ties the ML record with 3 sacrifice flies in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Rangers.


1965: The Yankees trade John Blanchard (.147) and pitcher Roland Sheldon
to Kansas City for C John Edwards. Edwards will replace the injured
Elston Howard.


1956: Before 4‚308 at the Stadium,€š Mickey Mantle homers for the third day in a row,
but Kansas City hold on to win‚ 8-7. The Mick’s homer in the 5th is
followed by blasts from Hank Bauer and Yogi Berra.


The Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen€š along
with outfielder Archie Wilson, pitcher Spec Shea,š and shortstop Jerry
Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding outfielder Irv Noren and
infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill
before going over it,€š while Jensen,€š the former heir to DiMaggio’s
spot,š will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will
have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an all-star.

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1951: In St. Louis,€š Gil McDougald
hits a grand slam and a triple in the 9th€š as the Yanks score 11 runs
in the inning to rout St. Louis€š 17-3. McDougald,€š destined to be
Rookie of the Year,€š racks up 6 RBIs in the frame. Jackie Jensen
follows McDougald’s triple with one of his own,€š then homers after
Gil’s GS. Allie Reynolds is the winner


1950: Yankee hurler Vic Raschi,€š
troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before
delivery with men on base,€š balks 4 times in one game, a club record and
2 fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless,€š he wins 4-3€š over
the White Sox. He’ll finish the season with 6 balks to tie the
since-topped AL mark.



1922: New York mayor John F. Hylan orders extensive street closures in the south Bronx as construction of the future Yankee Stadium begins.


1915: Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 4th inning as New York double up the A’s  8-4.



1912: Trailing the A’s 18-5 going into the 9th at Shibe Park, the last place Highlanders come to life, unleashing a 10-run barrage against Philadelphia pitching. Future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank comes out off the bench to preserve the 18-15 win for the homesiders.


1907: In the ‘How times have changed…’ department: The dilatory tactics of the Highlanders’ Judd Doyle,€š whose well-earned
nickname is “Slow Joe€š”. lengthen a 10-inning game with the Athletics
into the first modern major league game running over 3 hours (3 hours€š 7 minutes to be precise) New York win 4-3.



1904: Red Ruffing is born.


5/02 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

1939: The
end of an era – after carrying out the scorecard to the umpires‚ Lou
Gehrig voluntarily benches himself ‘for the good of the team.’ He is
batting .143 with one RBI. His consecutive-game streak stops at 2‚130.
Doctors will later diagnose Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis –  he will never play again.


Babe Dahlgren‚ his replacement‚ has a homer and double‚ as the Yankees rout Detroit 22-2.


York bat around in three innings to make it easy for Red Ruffing.
Ballyhooed Tiger teenager Fred Hutchinson makes his major league debut
and the Yankees light him up for eight runs in 2/3 of an inning. Hutch
gives up 4 hits and walks five.

On other 2nds of May…

2010: Curtis Granderson is placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain. To take Grandy’s spot, Mark Melancon is recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


2005:  The Yankees shrug off the record-tying 5 strikeouts of first baseman Andy Phillips and beat Tampa Bay at the Trop‚ 6-2.


The Red Sox defeat the Yankees‚ 8-0. Boston score their runs on grand
slams in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin
and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statisticians, it is the first time in
Major League history that two grand slams account for all the runs
scored in a game. Sterling Hitchcock, who gives up the first of the
salamis, takes the loss for New York.


Yankee hurler Scott Sanderson becomes the 12th pitcher in MLB history
to surrender 4 homers in a single inning. In a game with Minnesota, he
is rocked in the 5th by Shane Mack‚ Kirby Puckett‚ Kent Hrbek‚ and Randy
Bush. The Twins will need all the dingers, as they win 7-6.


Don Mattingly collects the only safety for his team as Chicago’s LaMarr
Hoyt faces 27 Yankee batters in a 3-0 win. Mattingly’s opposite-field
blooper in the 7th inning is followed by a double play.


The Yankees are hosted for the first time by the freshly transplanted Washington Senators in their new incarnation as the Minnesota Twins‚ and top the new arrivals 6-4.
Mickey Mantle’s grand slam in the 10th inning off Camilo Pascual is the
big blow. Luis Arroyo picks up the save after the Twins score 2. The
Mick’s extra inning salami is the 6th by a Yankee‚ and he joins Wally
Pipp (1923)‚ Babe Ruth (1925)‚ Bob Meusel (1929), and Joe DiMaggio and
Tommy Henrich (1948).


In what nearly turns into a TV war‚ the Yankees threaten to broadcast
their games nationwide if the National League go ahead with their plans
to allow other broadcasts‚ especially those of the Dodgers and Giants‚
into New York territory. The question will become moot at the end of the
season when both Senior Circuit clubs announce that they are moving to
the west coast.


In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ Detroit’s Bill
Hoeft pitches a 5-inning one-hitter to win 4-0. A 5th inning double by
Andy Carey is the only safety for the Yanks as rain shortens to contest.
The hosts took the opener‚ 12-4‚ scoring six runs in the 3rd inning.
Allie Reynolds was the winner with six innings of relief.


At the Stadium‚ the Yanks do all their scoring in the 4th to beat
Cleveland 8-2. Nick Etten parks a grand slam and then ends the frame by
coming up with the bases loaded again and lining into a DP. Spud
Chandler wins his 4th straight


For the second game in a row, Joe McCarthy bats Lou Gehrig in the 6th
hole and puts Joe DiMaggio in the cleanup spot. The Yankees edge the
host Senators‚ 3-2  – DiMag homers while Gehrig has a single.


Before a game with the Senators at Griffith Stadium, Yankees shortstop
Everett Scott receives a medal from the American League for playing in
his 1,000th consecutive game.



starter Walter Johnson will spoil the party, however, by recording his
first shutout of the season, 3-0. The whitewash is also the 100th of his
Major League record 113. 

5/01 in Yankee History

The red-letter day – 
1920: Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a Yankee, and the 50th of his career, in a 6-0 win over the Red Sox. The shot clears the right field roof of the Polo Grounds‚ duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a homer‚ both coming off Herb Pennock. During the game‚ Yankee bench hecklers Carl Mays, Ernie Shore and Frank O’Doul manage to get themselves ejected.


On other 1sts of May… 

2004: The Yankees rout the Royals 12-4‚ as Ruben Sierra hits 2 homers and drives in 7 runs. 


2001Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win 4-0‚ for the Yanks. David Justice has a solo homer in the 6th off Eric Milton‚ the losing pitcher‚ and Jorge Posada adds RBI singles in the 7th and 9th. 


The Yankees and Orioles continue their marathon ways‚ this one going 5 hours and 43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez,  whose homer snapped yesterday’s tie‚ parks a grand slam in the 15th to give Andy Pettitte, making a relief appearance, the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6 – just the 2nd Yankee to date get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag, in 1934‚ is the other. 


The O’s and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings‚ as both teams squander scoring opportunities‚ and New York survive 4 errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3-0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th – who is promptly picked off – and sits for the last 7 innings‚ the longest stretch he has rested in 2‚180 games.

1992: Early ’70s Yankee utility infielder Celerino Sanchez dies in Mexico City at the age of 48 from a ruptured aneurysm.

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1991: In a game against the Yankees, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock’s all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him‚ Henderson modestly proclaims‚ “Lou Brock was certainly a great base stealer‚ but today I’m the greatest of all time.” In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan Henderson had been the victim of Ryan’s 5‚000th career strikeout.


1960: The Yankees use three pitchers – Bill Stafford‚ Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges – to beat the White Sox 6-1 on a combined two hitter. Chicago’s first hit doesn’t come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox lines a lead  off base hit. 


Mickey Mantle takes Steve Gromek deep in the first inning at the Stadium‚ and New York roll to a 9-2 win over Detroit. Hank Bauer also homers as Whitey Ford hurls his third complete game win of the campaign.

1951: At Comiskey Park, the Yankees’ new phenom Mickey Mantle connects for his first Major League home run, off Randy Gumpert. Minnie Minoso  becomes the first black to wear the White Sox uniform. He plays third base, and‚ facing Vic Raschi in his first MLB at bat‚ slams a homer to straightaway center. The Yanks win 8-3‚ with Mantle collecting 3 RBIs.


1937: Joe DiMaggio make
s his return as a starter after missing six games‚ and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tip the Red Sox 3-2.


1934: At Washington‚ the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a 3-run lead in the first‚ but he can’t hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the score tied at 3 apiece. New York score 5 runs in the 9th to win it for George Uhle‚ 10-5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2‚ 1932‚ when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats. 

        Danny MacFayden 

1932: The Yankees reacquire relief ace Wilcy Moore from the Red Sox. 


1927: The Yankees ride the Ruth-Gehrig tandem to a 7-3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs out a first inning homer off Jack Quinn, and Gehrig hits one off him in the 6th. The Babe comes back in the 8th with another roundtripper‚ this one off Rube Walberg as New York take over undisputed possession of first place.


1919: In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win‚ 7-3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits‚ 3 errors‚ a wild pitch‚ and 2 walks. George Mogridge (below) gets the win for New York.


1908: In New York’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals‚ Kid Elberfeld is severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley, essentially ending the season of the Highlander shortstop. He’ll go to bat just 56 times this year. 




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