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.