June 2011

6/22 in Yankee History

2005: The Yanks get another reminder that the Devil Rays are for real, along with another hint that Carl Pavano is in for a somewhat less than stellar debut season in the Bronx, when Tampa Bay come from behind twice to beat the Yanks 5-3 at the Stadium. Gary Sheffield gives the ‘American Idle’ a first-inning lead with a two-run homer, but Johnny Gomes delivers the equalizer in the 4th. Utility infielder Nick Green wins the game for Tampa with a three-run homer in the seventh. Green will play backup in the Yankee infield next year.



1998: Taking the mound for the Braves against the Yankees‚ Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings‚ then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win‚ 6-4‚ the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18, 1984.



1996: In Cleveland‚ Ruben Sierra (below) homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians‚ 11-9. One of Sierra’s blasts comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle‚ back from a 2-game suspension‚ is 3-for-5 with a homer‚ and Eddie Murray adds his 488th career roundtripper for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.



1977: It doesn’t come easy, but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12-11 win over Detroit. The Bombers are led by Graig Nettles‚ with a 3 run homer‚ and Reggie Jackson‚ who belts a 2-run triple.



1965: In  twinbill action against the A’s, Ray Barker’s ML-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit home run is wasted in a first-game‚ 6-2 Yankees loss.. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the opener‚ but in the 4-2 nitecap win he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and tears an upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustrated cover features Mantle with the prescient title ‘New York Yankees: End of an Era?’



1961: Roger Maris leads the Yankees in an 8-3 thrashing of the A’s by belting his 27th homer of the year. He adds two doubles and a single. Maris has now hit 20 homers in the past 30 days (May 24 – June 22) to tie a mark set by Ralph Kiner in1947


1959: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle drives in 6 runs with a triple and 2 homers to lead New York to a 13-6 win. Moose Skowron adds his 4th homer in 4 days to move New York to 3 games out of first place.


1957: The Yankees win their 9th game in a row‚ topping the White Sox‚ 6-5‚ at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st starts the scoring‚ and Yogi Berra’s blast in the 13th ends it.


1953: Charlie Hemphill, a turn of the century journeyman who played his last three years as a regular in the New York Highlanders’ outfield, dies at the age of 77.



1952: At Chicago‚ Bob Kuzava shuts out the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ for New York. Yogi Berra homers for the Yanks. In the nitecap at Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle provides New York’s only scoring with a homer‚ as Marv Grissom wins for Chicago‚ 2-1.



1941: Edging the Tigers 5-4‚ the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.



1939: At Comiskey Park‚ the Yankees whip the White Sox 6-1 to run their record to 44-11‚ the best start by any Major League team in the 20th century.



1934: The Yankees drop out of first place with a 4-1 loss to the Indians. Detroit, who power past Washington 11-3, take over the top spot.



1931: At St. Louis, the cellar-dwelling Browns salvage the final game of a 5-game series with the Yankees by outslugging their guests 14-10. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as the Brownies overcome a pair
of homers by Lou Gehrig, each with Babe Ruth aboard. Gehrig hits 5 homers‚ 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.



1916: Babe Ruth almost duplicates teammate Rube Foster’s no-hitter‚ allowing just 3 singles‚ two of them by Frank Gilhooley‚ in beating the Yankees‚ 1-0. The game takes 1 hour and 18 minutes.

1912: At Fenway, the Red Sox take a pair from the Highlanders, 13-2 and 10-3, to complete a 5-game sweep of the New York club, who are heading for a last-place finish. Boston have scored 55 runs over the five contests.


1903: On the road in St. Louis‚ New York Highlander manager Clark Griffith (below) suspends catcher Jack O’Connor for insubordination. O’Connor‚ a St. Louis native‚ missed the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader and was on hand for the second contest but refused to catch, saying he wasn’t in condition to play.


6/21 in Yankee History

2005: The Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8th inning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27‚ while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32‚ NY‚ 45) in the game. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits‚ including a double and a homer, and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of round-trippers and drives in 7.



1990: Nelson Mandela, visiting New York on his first foreign tour following his release from a 27-year term in prison, attends a rally at Yankee Stadium (The team are on the road in Toronto, where they will win 7-6). The newly freed leader dons a team cap and jacket and proclaims ‘I am a Yankee!’


1989: Visiting as a member of the White Sox, Carlton Fisk chooses Yankee Stadium as the place for his 307th career home run as a catcher, giving him the American League record at the position. Future Yankee righty Don Pall gets the win in the 7-3 result, with Yankee “Andy Hawkins taking the loss.



1969: At Fenway‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split an exciting pair of games in a day-night separate admission matchup. 12‚453 watch the opener where the Yankees score 3 runs in the 11th inning to take a 5-2 lead‚ only to see the Sox score 4 times to win. George Thomas drives in the tying and winning runs. Jerry Kenney has a pair of stolen bases for the Yanks in the game‚ but is nabbed on the hidden ball trick by first baseman Thomas. New York win the nitecap‚ 6-3‚ on Roy White’s bases loaded triple in the 9th.

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1964: The Yankees move into first place by .008 over Baltimore‚ as they outpitch the White Sox to take both ends of a doubleheader 2-0 and 2-1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard homers  win it 2-0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro‚ and an error by Chicago shortstop Al Weis in the 17th inning hands New York the win in the nightcap. The Yankees sweep 4‚ giving up just one run in 41 innings‚ and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.



1960: Whitey Ford outduels ‘Yankee Killer’ Frank Lary to give New York a 6-0 win in Detroit. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 homers off Lary.



1958: Frank Lary pitches his third straight shutout‚ beating the Yankees and Duke Maas‚ 1-0. Al Kaline throws out Maas at the plate and hits his 7th home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.



1955: In the first inning at Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle launches a shot off the A’s Alex Kellner that lands in Cooperstown. The home run is the first ever to reach the centerfield bleachers‚ 461 feet from home‚ since the Stadium opened in 1923. New York win 6-2, and will prevail tomrrow, as well, 6-1‚ with Mantle clouting another homer‚ off Art Ditmar.


1953; In the opener of a twinbill‚ Mickey Mantle hits a first inning homer‚ off Hal Newhouser‚ to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6-3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon‚ but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10-3. This loss will be the first in a streak of nine straight.



1945: At Fenway, the Yankees light up rookie star Boo Ferriss for 10 runs and score 13 in the 5th on their way to a 14-4 win.



1939: Having received the report from the Mayo Clinic the day before that he is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the Yankee front office formally announce the retirement of Lou Gehrig. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team for rest of the season as captain.


1916: The Yankees are the victims as Boston’s George ‘Rube’ Foster pitches the first no-hitter in the history of Fenway Park, winning by 2-0.


1906: ’30s Yankee pitcher Russ van Atta is born.



1904: An uncredited article in the Boston Herald contains the first reference to a player on the AL team in New York as a ‘Yankee’, in a piece on the recent Patsy Dougherty trade. The Highlanders will not officially adopt the name until 1913.

6/20 in Yankee History

2008: On his 100th birthday, Bill Werber moves the
games-remaining counter in Yankee Stadium I from 45 to 44  Werber is the last remaining former Yankee with any connection to the 1927 Murderers’ Row team (he was sent down to the minors after spring training, and did not come back to the big club until 1930). The honour will prove to be a timely one, since Weber will pass away in January 2009. There are few Yankee highlights on the field this
day, as they succumb to Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2. The game turns when Joe Girardi orders Mike Mussina to intentionally walk then-struggling rookie rightfielderJay Bruce with a runner on third and one out in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game. The strategy backfires when Jolbert Cabrera doubles in two runs on the next pitch.werber80954609604.jpg


2006: The Yankees score four in the 8th to overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi connects for a blast that moves him past Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada goes long as well, and all of the firepower is needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 Philly runs.


1989: The Yankees trade Rickey Henderson back to the A’s for journeymen pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and outfielder Luis Polonia.


1984: At Detroit‚ Yankee reliever Jose Rijo drops to 1-7 when he serves up a 2-out three-run homer to Howard Johnson in the 13th inning. Detroit win 9-6. Alan Trammell‚ Lance Parrish‚ and Chet Lemon also hit go long for the Tigers‚ who draw their 3rd straight 40‚000+ crowd.



1983: Bobby Murcer announces his retirement as a player.


1969: With the Yankees in action at Fenway, Joe Pepitone loses a first inning grand slam off Mike Nagy when the game is called because of rain after the next batter, Roy White.


1958: At Detroit‚ Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 7-1‚ Detroit’s 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard fan three times each.


1956: In the 7th and 8th innings at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle parks two Billy Hoeft offerings in the right center field stands‚ something no other player had done
since the bleachers were added there in the late ’30s. New York win 4-1.
Mantle is now leading in the Triple Crown race. Johnny Kucks gets the win, with relief help from Whitey Ford.



1954: At Comiskey Park, the Yanks wring out the White Sox 16-6 in the opening game of a doubleheader, as Mickey Mantle and Bobby Brown belt consecutive homers off Mike Fornieles. The hosts will come back to take the nitecap 7-3.



1950:Eddie Lopat celebrates his 32nd birthday with an 8-2 win over the Indians – the Yankee junkball specialist is now 25-6 lifetime against the Tribe. Also marking a milestone in the victory is Joe DiMaggio, who gets his 2,000th career hit with a seventh-inning single off Chick Pieretti.
1948: Joe DiMaggio smashes three homers to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 and 6-2 sweep of the Browns. Vic Raschi wins his 8th in a row in the opener‚ besting Fred Sanford. DiMag’s two homers in the nitecap‚ a solo shot in the 8th and a 3-run homer in the 9th‚ give Red Embree the win. The double victory puts the Yanks in second place, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland.


1946: A article appears in Fortune magazine story divulging some rare details of baseball finances. It shows that in 21945, the Yankees earned revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306‚000‚ cut to $201‚000 after
minor league losses. Of the gross income‚ $896‚000 was from home ticket


1940: The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1-0 in 11 innings for their sixth  straight loss‚ then protest a 2nd inning ‘catch’ by Sox left fielder Julius ‘Moose’ Solters, contending that he dropped the ball when he was reaching
for his cap. Umpire crew chief George Quinn apparently missed the error and the
protest is upheld by his colleagues. The game will be replayed September 18‚ but‚ for
several years‚ all of today’s records count, including Monte Pearson’s loss and Johnny Rigney’s win. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have
been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19‚
1935 in extras to 2 pitchers‚ Lefty Stewart and Lloyd Brown of the Indians.



1937:The Yankees draw a crowd of 68‚939 to the Stadium and sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 8-4 and 7-4. Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener‚ with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Monte Pearson is the winner in game 2.


1935: At Detroit‚ Tommy Bridges scatters 5 hits and strikes out 11 in shutting out the Yankees‚ 5-0. The Tiger ace stops Lou Gehrig’s hitting streak at 18 games.



1934: The league-leading Yankees trip the Indians twice, 3-2 and 3-0, at the Stadium. New York tie the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo
homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland, then win it on Lou Gehrig’s 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez,  in relief of Johnny Broaca, is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing,  who also knocks in a run.


1916: Tilly Walker delivers the only the homer that a Red Sox player will hit at Fenway this year, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win‚ 4-1.
Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game‚ Boston shortstop Everett Scott starts a string of 1‚307 consecutive games‚ all played at short. He will
complete the streak as a Yankee on May 6‚ 1925. It will be the Majors’ best
until Lou Gehrig’s 2‚130.


1914: In the 5th inning of a 7-1 loss to the visiting Yankees, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman fumbles his way into the record books by making 4 errors in a single frame.


1913: In doubleheader action in the nation’s capital, New York win the opener‚ 9-3. In the nitecap, Washington starter Bert Gallia creates the first Yankee run on his own by hitting the first 4 batters he faces. Two more New York batters will be plunked during the game, by relievers Joe Engel and Tom Hughes‚ for a record six. The outcome is the same as New York win 9-3 again. Yankees leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the record book whenhe gets hit 3 times.


1911: In a 3-2 New York win over the Senators, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase sets a still-standing MLB record 21 putouts.


6/19 in Yankee History

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1903: Lou Gehrig is born.



On other 19ths of June…

2002: The Yankees pound out 19 hits‚ including 3 home runs‚ as they defeat the Rockies 20-10. Jorge Posada leads the Bomber attack, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4. The Rockies are just the second team in MLB history to score seven runs in an inning (the 4th)‚ but still lose by 10 or more.



2000: The Yankees lambast the Red Sox 22-1at Fenway, breaking a close game wide open by scoring 9 times in the 8th inning and 7 times in the 9th. Scott Brosius leads in the New York RBI column with 4.



1995: The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry.


1979: 36‚211 fans show up at the Stadium to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankee manager‚ but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5-4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon (34-31) the previous day‚ and begins his second stint as New York’s skipper‚ a season earlier than previously announced.



1977:At Fenway‚ Yankee pitchers help put the Red Sox in the record books when they serve up 5 gopher balls (Denny Doyle‚ Bernie Carbo‚ Jim Rice‚ Yaz‚ George Scott) in an 11-1 thrashing at the hands of Boston, who complete a 3-game sweep. Yastrzemski’s shot‚ served up by Dick Tidrow,is a towering drive down the line and off the right field facade (to the right of the retired #’s) the only home run to ever reach that height. No one else has ever come close to duplicating the feat. The Bosox hit a record 16 homers in the 3 victories over the Yankees (6 on the 17th; 5 on the 18th). It wasn’t the wind‚ as New York go homerless in the series.



1955: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits his 100th career home run as the Yankees take a pair from the White Sox, 7-1 and 5-2.


1951: Before 61‚596 at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle‚ batting leadoff‚ has 2 homers and 4 RBIs‚ but misses two catchable balls. He has a 3-run homer to match Yogi Berra as the Bombers top the White Sox 11-9 in the opener of a doubleheader. In the nitecap‚ the Mick is 1-for-1 with a homer‚ before being replaced in center field by Gene Woodling. But the first-place Sox take a 5-4 win. Eddie Stewart has a 3-run homer and Phil Masi collects 3 hits and a homer.


1922; In the Yankees 8th straight loss‚ a 3-2 decision to the Indians‚Babe Ruth flies into a rage at umpire Bill Dinneen and gets tossed. He will receive a two-day suspension‚ his fourth suspension of the year‚ when he continues to complain tomorrow about the umpire. Again‚ it is a call at second that sets the Bambino off‚ although he was in the field this time.


1918; The Yankees purchase outfielder Ham Hyatt from the Braves‚ but he proves to be a turkey and is soon released. Tomorrow they will buy Browns  pitcher John Robinson‚ who will suffer the same fate as Hyatt.


1909: Walter Johnson has a strange day in beating Highlanders 7-4. He gives up just 3 hits‚ but is unusually wild‚ issuing 7 walks‚ uncorking 4 wild pitches‚ and hitting one batter‚ while fanning 10.


1904: Patsy Dougherty makes his first appearance for the Highlanders‚ collecting 2 hits in a 4-3 win over St. Louis. New York lose the 2nd game‚ 1-0.


6/18 in Yankee History

2009: The Yankees, the Nationals, and an announced crowd of 45,000 sit through a 5 1/2 hour rain delay before Washington righty Craig Stammen and four relievers hold the sputtering Bombers to 7 hits and no runs in a 3-0 loss. Joba Chamberlain is the hard-luck starter and loser, and Brett Gardner has those perservering fans who remained worried when he lies on the field for 5 minutes after making a spectacular catch of an Austin Kearns drive and slamming into the wall in the 8th. Ryan Zimmerman doubles twice, and Adam Dunn reaches safely four times with an rbi. The few hearty enough to last the whole day are invited to watch the game from the field level box seats, and ticket holders are awarded an upcoming free game.



2005: Derek Jeter hits his first career grand slam (after 5‚770 at bats) to pace the Yankees to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Captain connects in the 6th inning‚ off Joe Borowski‚ then adds a solo shot in the 8th. Jason Dubois’s first ML homer‚ off Chien-Ming Wang‚ is the only scoring for the Cubs.



2000: The White Sox continue to pummel the Yankees‚ 17-4‚ to give them a sweep of their 4-game series. Chicago score 9 runs in the 1st inning off El Duque on the way to its team-record 11th straight road victory. They also set a little-known ML mark by winning their 10th straight over a team with a .500 or better record.



1999: Darryl Strawberry is suspended for 120 days‚ retroactive to April 14‚ for violating
baseball’s drug policy and aftercare program. He will be eligible to
return on August 11.


1997: At a packed Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the Mets‚ 3-2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed give the Yankees their lead, and starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud’s leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at the Ballyard in the Bronx draw 168‚719.


1996: The Yanks manage just 3 hits off Brad Radke‚ but one is a 2-run homer by Tino Martinez‚ as the Yanks beat Minnesota 2-0. Radke had retired the first 20 batters. Kenny Rogers pitches 8 shutout innings for the win.



1979: Billy Martin makes an earlier than scheduled return for his second tour of duty as Yankee manager.

1977: Reggie Jackson loafs after a Jim Rice bloop hit that the Red Sox slugger legs into a double during a 10-4 Boston win, and is taken out by Billy Martin right after the manager yanks starter Mike Torrez. Jackson and Martin nearly come to blows in the dugout as national television cameras watch. Boston connect for 5 homers in the game‚ 2 each by Yaz and Bernie Carbo. Fenway Park receives its largest Saturday afternoon crowd (34‚603) in 20 years.



1965: The Yankees rout the first-place Twins 10-2 on 4 homers. Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in the first inning‚ and his replacement Ross Moschitto adds his first and only ML roundtripper.  New York are still 10 back in 7th place.


1960: New York continue the fireworks in Chicago with long home runs by Mickey Mantle‚ Roger Maris and Moose Skowron to win 12-5 and sweep the 4-game series in Chicago. The Mantle home run is over the center field fence and is followed by Maris’s clout to the upper deck in right.



1956: At Briggs Stadium‚ the score is 2-2 in the 8th when Mickey Mantle launches a Paul Foytack fastball over the right field roof onto Trumbull Avenue to lead the Yankees to a 7-4 win.


1952: At the Stadium‚ Ed Lopat and Jim McDonald of the Yanks shut out the hapless St. Louis Browns 5-0 and 3-0 in a doubleheader. Mickey Mantle hits a two-run blast in the opener‚ off Bob Cain‚ for all the scoring Lopat needs.



1946: The Yanks sell right-handed veteran Bill Zuber (0-1) to the Red Sox. Zuber will go 11-3 for Boston over the next 3 years. Zuber was 5-11 last year for New York‚ but 7 of his losses were shutouts‚ a club record.

1927: At the Stadium, Lou Gehrig belts homers nos. 16 and 17 to drive in five runs, leading the Yanks over the Browns 8-3. Lou scores 3 runs. Myles Thomas (below) gives up a homer to Wally Schang in winning his 6th of his last 7 starts.



1916: In Cleveland, the Yankees roll over the Indians 19-3‚ as they score in every inning but the 8th. Every starter gets a hit including pitcher Nick Cullop (below) who departs after the 5th. Wally Pipp has a double and homer.


1911: In Baltimore‚ Orioles manager Jack Dunn calls off an exhibition game with the Highlanders because the New Yorkers failed to send player-manager Hal Chase and shortstop John Knight.


6/17 in Yankee History

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1978: Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters – 15 in 6 innings – in a 4-hit 4-0 shutout of the
Angels‚ setting an AL record for lefthanders. The Yankee Stadium practice of fans standing and rhythmically clapping
when the home pitcher  gets two strikes on a batter is said to date from this game.



On other 17ths of June…

2008: Following the partial tear of a tendon in
his right foot that he experienced running the bases in an interleague
game in Houston two days earlier, Chien-Ming Wang is placed on the 15-day
disabled list, a stint from which he will not return this year. It is a fatal blow to the team’s playoff chances. Lefty Billy Traber is recalled rom AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Wang’s roster spot.


2005: The Yankees welcome the Cubs back at the Stadium for their first game since the Bombers swept them in the 1938 World Series by beating them 9-6. Hideki Matsui homers and Robinson Cano ignites a two-run rally when he singles to right in the eighth after flying out to left fielder Todd Hollandsworth four straight times.



2003: The Devil Rays sting the Yankees11-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay set a team record with 18 hits in a 9-inning game‚ and would have scored even more were it not for 6 NY double plays – one shy of the AL mark. New York bounce back to win the nightcap‚ 10-2.



2000: The White Sox edge the Yankees‚ 10-9‚ despite 7 runs driven in by  Bernie Williams. Williams strokes a single‚ a pair of doubles‚ and a home run in the losing effort.



1999: Calling it ‘a bad biorhythm day‚’ Chili Davis (below) hits two scorching line drives, but one starts a triple play and the other a double killing, as the Yanks go down to the Rangers 4-2. New York waste a 12-strikeout performance by Roger Clemens.



1987: Former Yankee player, coach and manager Dick Howser dies at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Howser also led the KC Royals to their first World Championship in 1985‚ but was forced to give up managing during the 1986 season because of a brain tumor. His uniform number‚ 10‚ will be retired by the Royals on July 3rd.



1977:  At Boston‚ the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for 4 first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff shots, and Carlton Fisk‚ and George Scott follow suit later in the inning. Boston add another homer en route to an 11-1 win to take over 1st place in the AL East.



1969: Behind a complete game shutout by John Hiller‚ the Tigers roll to an 8-0 win over Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Stadium. Bill Freehan delivers a solo blast, while Mickey Stanley hits a 3-run homer. The game is historically significant in that the Tigers’ Ike Brown, who makes his MLB debut in taking over at second base for Dick McAuliffe in the 8th, becomes the last former Negro Leaguer to break into the Majors, and joins other vets of that league: Hank Aaron‚ Willie Mays‚ Ernie Banks‚ Lou Johnson‚ and Paul Casanova.


The Yanks also drop the second game, 6-3, as mickey Lolich picks up the win.


1960: In Chicago‚ Bill Veeck’s new $300‚000 exploding scoreboard is silent as no Sox players hit homers. However‚ when Clete Boyer connects for one in the 2nd inning‚ all the Yankees light sparklers and greet
the third baseman on the dugout steps.


Yogi Berra leads the sparklers in the
bullpen. Mickey Mantle’s 8th inning homer prompts another round of sparklers
as the Yanks win‚ 4-2.



1959: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle lashes a Ray Moore 3-0 pitch some 470 feet into the right field stands to lead New York to a 7-3 win over the White Sox.


1955: At Comiskey‚ Mickey Mantle ties the game at one apiece by hitting a Dick Donovan pitch 10 rows up in the top tier of the right field stands. New York score another to win‚ 2-1.



1952: At Detroit‚ the Yanks come back from a 6-1 deficit as Mantle clouts a homer to the upper deck of left center off Bill Hoeft in the 6th. The Tigers, however, push over a run in the 11th to win 7-6.


1941:Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short takes wicked hop and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beat the Yankees 8-7.



1936: New York sweep a twinbill at Cleveland, 15-4 and 12-2. Red Ruffing wins in the opener, scattering 13 hits and contributing two singles and two homers to the offense. In the nitecap‚Red Rolfe‚ Lou Gehrig‚ and Bill Dickey belt 3rd inning homers to put it away. The first two blasts come off Roxie Lawson while Vic Sorrell serves up Dickey’s.

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1931: Tom Connolly‚ who umpired the first AL game in 1901‚ and the first game at Yankee Stadium I on the 18th of April, 1923, retires as an active arbiter to become supervisor of AL umpires.


1925:  In the third runs-scored-in-an-inning record to be set within 2 1/2 weeks‚ the Tigers score 13 times in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19-1 at the Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th‚ in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits‚ one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs comes across before the first out is made. The score will be the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built in the 20th century‚ though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off George ‘Hooks’ Dauss‚ a homer and a triple.


Off the field, the Yankees waive iron
man Everett Scott to the Senators for $4‚000. Scott currently holds the
consecutive games played record with 1‚307.

1923: Playing for the Yankee affiliate Hartford Chiefs, Lou Gehrig‚ who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors‚ hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford win 5-2 over Worcester.


1922: The Yankees lose at Detroit‚ 9-8 as both teams combine for a AL record 9 triples. Detroit collect six of the three-baggers. Miller Huggins protests the game in the 7th when umpire George Hildebrand refuses his claim for a triple on Aaron Ward’s drive that Ty Cobb went back into the crowd  to catch.



1917: The Yankees and the Giants play the first Sunday game in New York for a war charity; 21‚000 fans turn out.


1911: The Highlanders complete a three-game sweep of Detroit as Jack Warhop wins‚ 3-2. Ty Cobb is held to an infield single.


1904: In a swap fiercely criticized in Boston‚ the Americans send outfielder Patsy Dougherty (below) to the Highlanders for weak-hitting rookie Bob Unglaub‚ who will play in just 6 games before being hospitalized with blood poisoning (one report says alcohol poisoning).


6/16 in Yankee History

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1903: Highlanders player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tosses the first shutout in franchise history, a 1-0 blanking of the White Sox.



On other 16ths of June…

2009: The Yankees face reality and designate Jose Veras for assignment.


2002: Mo Vaughn belts a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8th off David Wells to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Mark Guthrie‚ in relief of Pedro Astacio‚ picks up the win. In the 5th‚ Mike Piazza throws out Alfonzo Soriano‚ ending a streak of 51 successful runners against Mike‚ not counting a 1-3-6 throwout on April 16.



1998: Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combine on a 2-hit shutout as the Orioles top the Yankees 2-0. The win‚ the 2nd in the 3 game series with New York‚ ends the Yanks’  ML record streak of 24 straight winning series. The skein started after the Bombers opened with 2 losses at Anaheim.




1996: Going, going, gone… Long-time voice of the Yankees Mel Allen dies at age 83.

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1977: Ron Guidry throws his first complete game‚ a 7-0 win over the Royals.Mickey Rivers  has 3 hits‚ including a HR‚ and scores 3.




1966: In New York‚ Rocky Colavito robs Mickey Mantle of a 1st inning homer by making a great catch at the bullpen gate. Mantle then hits a 3rd inning homer to the opposite field off Sam McDowell‚ and New York go on to top the Indians 7-6.


1962: A limping Mickey Mantle returns after a one-month absence to belt a 3-run pinch-hit homer in the 8th to give New York a 9-7 lead against Cleveland. The Tribe come back to win it 10-9 in the 9th on Jerry Kindall’s 2-run shot. Cleveland now lead the 3rd-place Yankees by a game and will sweep the 4-game series.



1956: Before 40‚964 at the Stadium‚ New York trip the Tribe‚ 3-1.  Mantle hits a two-run game winner off rookie sensation Herb Score for his third homer in three days. Yesterday’s shot came off Mike Garcia in a 6-2 Yankee victory.



1950: The Yankees recall Johnny Mize from a rehab stint in Kansas City. The Big Cat proceeds to wallop 25 home runs and drive in 72 runs in 90 games.



6/15 in Yankee History

1979: The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for pitcher Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his clubhouse scuffle with teammate Goose Gossage that put the Goose on the DL for two months.


1976: In what will turn out to be one of the Orioles’ best trades ever‚ Baltimore obtain pitchers Rudy May‚ Tippy Martinez‚ Dave Pagan‚ Scott McGregor and catcher Rick Dempsey from the Yankees for veteran pitchers Doyle Alexander‚ Ken Holtzman‚ Grant Jackson and catcher Elrod Hendricks. The veterans will help the Yankees win the AL pennant in 1976 and then fade.


1974: The Angels sell Rudy May (0-1) to the Yankees where he will post an 8-4 record this year.


1972: Andy Pettitte is born. Happy 39th to our much missed stopper!



1968: The Yankees sign outfielder Rocky Colavito after his release by the Dodgers. In another deal‚ New York sell pitcher John Wyatt‚ acquired last month‚ to the Tigers. They also sell sore-armed Jim Bouton to the Seattle Pilots for next season: Bouton goes to the Seattle Angels (PCL) in the meanwhile.


1963: Al Downing’s 9-2 win against Detroit puts the Yankees in first place.



1961: Undefeated Ralph Terry’s 11-inning 3-2 win at Cleveland moves the Yankees into first place. Mickey Mantle’s homer ties the score at 1-1 and Johnny Blanchard’s pinch single in the 11th wins it.


1958: At the Stadium, Yankee killers Jim Bunning and Frank Lary sweep New York 2-0 and 3-0 in a twin bill with Detroit. Lary gives up 4 hits and Bunning 3.



1957: At Kansas City‚ the Yankees win 9-2 over the A’s‚ beating Virgil Trucks. Meanwhile, fallout from the ‘Battle of the Copacabana’ continues, as the Yanks then trade Billy Martin to Kansas City with shortstop Woodie Held and outfielder Bob Martyn for pitcher Ryne Duren‚ second baseman  Milt Graff and outfielders Harry Simpson and Jim Pisoni.


1952: Before 69‚468 at Municipal Stadium‚ New York score 6 runs in the 2nd inning off Bob Lemon en route to an 8-2 win in the opening game of a doubleheader. Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the inning. The Yanks will complete the sweep in the nitecap with a 4-3 win.



1951: The Yanks swap pitchers‚ sending Tommy Byrne to the Browns for Stubby Overmire: New York add $25‚000 to the deal. The Yanks also deal three right-handed pitchers – Bob Porterfield‚ Tom Ferrick‚ and Fred Sanford – to the Senators for needed lefty Bob Kuzava. Porterfield will blossom into the Nats ace over the next five years‚ but Kuzava will save the final World Series games in 1951 and 1952.


1950: The Yankees‚ frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Joe Ostrowski with the Browns‚ finally get the pitcher‚ along with hurlers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht and third baseman  Leo Thomas. New York give up  infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss‚ outfielder Jim Delsing‚ pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson‚ and $50‚000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow‚ the Yanks beat the Browns‚ 7-5‚ with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.


1935: John Whitehead‚ Chisox rookie ace‚ bows to the Yankees‚ 5-3. Texas Johnnie allows 13 hits‚ including 4 by Gehrig. But it is a double by Red Rolfe (below) in the 9th that brings home the final two runs. Johnny Murphy wins in relief. New York now lead the surprising White Sox by 4 games.



1928: At Sportsman’s Park, Otis Brannan (below)  has a home run and a 3-run double to pace the Browns to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Red Kress also homers for St. Louis while Babe Ruth hits his 24th for the Bombers.



1924: Yankee rookie Earle Combs breaks his leg and will be out most of the year.


1920: The Indians jump on Carl Mays (below) in the 3rd inning after the submariner walks 3 in succession. The Tribe score 5 times on their way to a 10-2 victory‚ the 3rd in 4 games with the Yankees. New York are now 2 games behind Cleveland.



1916: Any more brothers? After losing yesterday in Detroit to Harry Coveleski‚ the Yankees succumb today‚ 3-2‚ to his younger sibling Stan, who pitches for Cleveland. The Yankees rally with two outs in the 9th on Roger Peckinpaugh’s triple and a single by Roy Hartzell to tie. With a man on second and first base open in the 10th‚ Bob Shawkey throws two wide ones to Tris Speaker (below)‚ then tries to slip a fast ball over the plate. Speaker hits it for the game-winning single.


1912: Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base at the end of the latter’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played ended, is born.



6/14 in Yankee History

2009: Yankee fans celebrate as the Bombers record an unexpectedly easy 15-0 rout of Johan Santana and the Mets at the Stadium to open up a two games to one margin at the halfway point of crosstown interleague play this year. (It would grow to five to one in weeks). Although he doesn’t need to be, A.J. Burnett was superb, and gets backing from Derek Jeter, who has 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, and Johnny Damon and Robbie Cano, who drive in 3 runs apiece. And for a boost that continues to surprise to this day, Francisco Cervelli (below) collects 3 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored as well.



2005: The Pirates are welcomed back to Yankee Stadium for the first time since the 1960 World Series with a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of their hosts. Mike Mussina has a splendidly stingy outing, allowing just one double, four singles, and a walk.


Veteran outfielder Matt Lawton finds himself on the Pittsburgh bench after being nailed at the plate for the last out of the seventh. With his team down 7-0, he is retired by a Bernie Williams-Robinson Cano-Jorge Posada relay.


1998: The Yankees tie the Major League record for most consecutive non-losing series at 24 when they beat the Indians 4-2 on June 14. David Cone strikes out 12. With Luis Sojo subbing for Derek Jeter, Scott Brosius bats second and scores twice, and Tino Martinez drives in three. It is a chilly, wet afternoon in the Bronx, and the fans in attendance  receive one free ticket apiece to a future game for their perseverance.



1994: MLB labour-mangement relations worsen, as the owners make a salary cap proposal‚ asking players to split
revenue 50-50. Salary arbitration would be eliminated‚ and free agency
for players reached after 4 years in the majors instead of 6. The
players will reject the proposal on June 18th.

1982: Ron Guidry stops the Red Sox to run his record to 8-1. For the rest of the season‚ however‚ Louisiana Lightning will be just 6-7 with a 4.47 ERA.



1978: With the Yankees down 9-8 to the Seattle Mariners with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Paul Blair hits a three-run homer. Sparky Lyle gets the win, and John Montague the loss in the Yankee 11-9 walkoff.


Off the field, the Yanks acquire outfielder Jay Johnstone from the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Rawly Eastwick‚ who was a disappointment after New York signed him for more than $1 million.


1969: Tom Tresh’s time in pinstripes comes to an end, as the Yankees trade him to the Tigers for outfielder Ron Woods


1961: A familiar refrain… The Kansas City A’s ship pitcher Bud Daley‚ their top winner over the past 2 seasons‚ to the Yankees for pitcher Art Ditmar and outfielder Deron Johnson. The Yanks then send pitcher Danny McDevitt to the Twins for infielder Billy Gardner.


1960: New York beat Kansas City 6-2 behind Jim Coates and Roger Maris. Maris drives in 5 runs with a homer, a double‚ and a single. The Yankees have now won 7 straight‚ all since Casey Stengel returned from the hospital‚ and now are in a virtual tie with the Indians and Orioles for first place.



1959: At the Stadium, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Yankees‚ 3-2 and 8-2. Charlie Maxwell unleashes his Sunday punch in the opener‚ hitting a 3-run homer in the 8th. It is his 14th homer of the year‚ 8 of them having come on a Sunday. FRank Lary wins his 3rd of the year against the Yankees. Paul Foytack is the winner in game 2. Al Kaline has 3 hits in each game.



1958: The Cardinals obtain pitcher Sal Maglie (1-1) from the Yankees for Joe McClain and $25‚000. For Maglie‚ who will go 3-7 for the Cards‚ this will be his 4th straight year of pitching in both leagues‚ a Major League record.

1956: At the Stadium‚ Chicago’s Jim Wilson loses a shutout when Mickey Mantle hits a two-out homer in the 7th to tie the White Sox‚ 1-1. The Yankees then roll to a 5-1 win.


1953: The Yankees sweep the Indians 6-2 and 3-0 before 74‚708 at Municipal Stadium to extend their winning streak to 18 games.
Yogi Berra paces the visiting Bombers  with a homer in the opener and a triple in game 2. New York have now won 18 straight and lead the Indians by 10 1/2 games.



1946: The Yankees sell veteran Hank Majeski to the A’s. Considered over the hill‚ Majeski will play another 9 seasons


1936: The Yankees trade All Star center fielder Ben Chapman‚ who was a brief holdout in the spring, to the Senators for outfielder Jake Powell (below). Powell hit .312 with 98 RBIs in 1935‚ and will take over in center,  with rookie sensation Joe DiMaggio moving from left field to right


1934: Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca‚ only two weeks after graduation from Yale‚ gives up a 3rd inning single to Sammy West‚ the only St. Louis player to get a hit‚ to top the host Browns‚ 7-0.



1933: At Fenway‚ Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak survives‚ even though he and manager Joe McCarthy are thrown out of the game in the 7th inning for protesting that Boston’s Rick Ferrell ran out of the baseline between first and second. ‘Marse Joe’ is suspended for 3 games but Gehrig’s streak‚ now at 1‚249‚ is allowed to continue. Gehrig is 1-for-3 with a triple in the 13-5 loss to Tommy Bridges.



1932: New York edge Cleveland‚ 7-6‚ and the Yankees score the run that proves the margin of victory on a triple steal with Ben Chapman on the front end.



1921: Babe Ruth hits 2 more home runs‚ his 6th and 7th in 5 games‚ including his 2nd in 2 days into the center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds‚ in a 9-6 win over the Tigers. Hooks Dauss does the teeing up today.



1908: The White Sox beat the Highlanders 5-4 with a late rally that puts Mark ‘Moxie’ Manual in the record books. Moxie‚ pitching in relief‚ is lifted in the 8th inning and his Sox score to go ahead. Commissioner Ban Johnson (below) will rule that Moxie is the winner‚ not the pitcher who succeeds him‚ this establishing a precedent about awarding victories.



6/13 in Yankee History

The red-letter days -

2003: The Yankees defeat the Cardinals‚ 5-2‚ as Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in history to win 300 games. Clemens finishes with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to become the 3rd pitcher to surpass 4‚000 for his career.



1948: The Yankees retire Babe Ruth’s No. 3 jersey in the Babe’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium at the 25th anniversary of the venue. The Silver Anniversary crowd of 49‚641 cheer as Mel Allen introduces the Bambino. After the ceremonies and a two inning game between Old-timers in which the team of 1923 defeat a team of all-stars from later years 2-0‚ the Yankees beat the Indians 5-3. Joe DiMaggio collectss two triples and Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra add homers to back Ed Lopat’s pitching. Lopat is now 13-3 lifetime versus the Tribe.



On other 13ths of June…

2009: Floundering righty reliever Brian Bruney is reassigned  to the AA Trenton Thunder.

2006: The Yankees and Indians, the two highest scoring teams in the ML, play to a 1-0 decision with the Yanks prevailing on Robinson Cano’s homer off of Paul Byrd. Chien-Ming Wang (7-2) is the winner. This is the first time that the highest scoring team in the majors has beaten the second-highest in a 1-0 game since 1964 (Twins 1, Yankees 0) and only the 4th time since 1900. For Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, it is his 2000th ML game.



2004: Yankee fans and David Wells have a reunion amongst  themselves as  Boomer returns to the Stadium in a Padres uniform. Wells pitches brilliantly for seven, as does Javy Vazquez through eight, but the Yankee righthander is the hook, down 2-0 after a Khalil Greene home run and a Terrence Long double. Then Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton (pinch hitting for Tony Clark) homer back-to-back with two down in the ninth to forge an improbable tie. The visitors then jump on Brett Prinz for three in the top of the 12th, and it is with a roar that the crowd greet the emergence of 2001 Yankee culprit Jay Witasik from the San Diego pen in the bottom half. Ruben Sierra follows RBIs by Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, and Jorge Posada with a sac fly to close the 6-5 Yankee victory.






1996: Yankees reliever John Wetteland is quoted as saying he’ll leave the Yankees at the end of the season. He later denies the comments but does indeed depart for Texas after the World Series.


1988: The Yankees whip the Red Sox 12-6 in Boston, though Yankee starter Richard Dotson gives up Jim Rice’s 200th Fenway homer. Rice joins Ted Williams and Yaz as the only ones to do it.



1978: For the 3rd time in his career‚Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 5-3 Yankee win over the A’s.



1975: The Yankees Elliott Maddox‚ hitting .305‚ is sidelined for the remainder of the season with torn cartilage in his knee. The injury occurs in a fall on the wet Shea Stadium turf during a 2-1 win over the White Sox.


1970:In a 9-4 Yankee win over Kansas City‚ Yankee infielder Gene Michael successfully pulls the hidden ball trick on the Royal’s Joe Keough in the 6th after the KC outfielder singles in the tying run. Michael will pull it again next month.



1966: Rising young star Jim Palmer combines with reliever Eddie Watt to blank the Yankees 8-0 as the Orioles move into first place, where they will stay for the rest of the campaign.



1964: Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3‚ including a homer‚ to lead New York to a 6-3 win over the first place White Sox. Mantle is hitting .331 and leading the Yanks in homers with 11.


1958: At Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle connects of Detroit lefty Billy Hoeft, and the Yankees win‚ 4-2.


1956: Casey Stengel makes even more moves than usual, and does his bit as the Yankees and the White Sox tie a Major League mark by using 9 pinch hitters in their game. The Sox prevail 7-5, Rip Coleman taking the loss for the Bombers.



1953: The Yankees overwhelm the Indians 9-4‚ for their 16th straight win. The Tribe now trail by 8 1/2 lengths. Ed Lopat is on his way to his 7th straight win when the Yankees rout Bob Feller in the 4th inning‚ running the ace’s record to 29-37 versus New York‚ the only team against whom he has a losing record.



1937: In an afternoon doubleheader at St. Louis‚ the Yanks and Browns slug it out‚ with New York winning the opener 16-9 by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings. The Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th inning off Jim Walkup and Lou Koupal to put it away. The barrage continues in the nitecap‚ with Joe DiMaggio connecting for 3 straight homers‚ the third off starter Julio Bonetti to tie the score with two out in the 9th. The game is called after 11 innings with the score at 8-8. On the afternoon‚ there are 9 home runs: three each by DiMag and Harlond Clift‚ and Tony Lazzeri‚ Bill Dickey‚ and Joe Vosmik each clouting one.



1927: Murderers’ Row roll over the Indians 14-6 at the Stadium. Ben Paschal (below) belts 2 homers‚ a triple and double and scores 5 runs to lead the Yankees. Tony Lazzeri‚ Joe Dugan and Pat Collins also homer, the latter’s blow a grand slam. Herb Pennock is the winner for New York.



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