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1959: New York top Jim Bunning and Detroit‚ 6-4‚ to give Casey Stengel his 1‚000th win as the Yankee skipper. Don Larsen picks up the win.
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2009: Although it was the least impressive home field walkoff of a magical season, it had to be the most excruciating 2009 road loss for the crosstown New York Mets. There was nothing pretty about this one, as it marked half-year Yank Brett Tomko’s worst outing in pinstripes, giving up four runs in relief of Joba Chamberlain while getting just two outs. Then Hideki Matsui’s three-run homer off Mets lefty Jon Switzer gives the Bombers a 7-6, sixth-inning lead, but single runs in the next two frames give the visitors a one-run bulge. A Derek Jeter single and an intentional free pass to Mark Teixeira around a popout and strike out set up a ‘hyphen-rod’ duel and Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) has the Yanks set up to lose when Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) pops up to second baseman Luis Castillo (below)… who drops the ball. He then compounds the error by inexplicably firing to second instead of trying to nail the hustling Teixera at home. Both runners score, and the Stadium crowd undoubtedly have their most emotional rollercoaster moment of a scintillating season, 9-8 Yanks.
2001: The Yankees repaint the base of the left field foul pole after a game in which the Expos’ Mark Smith was awarded a 12th-inning homer off Ramiro Mendoza on a ball that was clearly foul (to everyone but the umps). Joe Torre’s pleas to third-base ump Ron Kulpa and to home plate umpire Mark Hirschbeck fell on deaf ears, and the Yankees lost 2-1.
1996: The Yanks acquire outfielder-DH Mike Aldrete(below) from the Angels for Rich Monteleone. The Bronx will be the last stop of the journeyman’s career.
1990: In one of the few bright spots in an other dismal season, Yankee lefthander Dave Righetti becomes the ninth reliever in MLB history to register 200 saves, in a 5-4 win over Boston. Lee Guetterman gets the win and Rob Murphy takes the loss.
1981: At 12:30 A.M.‚ after meeting with the owners for most of the previous day‚ players’ union chief Marvin Miller (below) announces‚ “We have accomplished nothing. The strike is on‚” thus beginning the longest labour action to date in American sports history. By the time the season resumes on August 10th‚ 706 games (38 percent of the ML schedule) will have been cancelled.
1974: Hideki Matsui is born. Happy birthday, Godzilla – we miss you…
1973: The Yankees send pitcher Mike Kekich to Cleveland for pitcher Lowell Palmer. Kekich’s days were numbered in New York after he and teammate Fritz Peterson swapped wives.
1967: Mickey Mantle breaks a scoreless tie with a long drive off Washington’s Frank Bertaina in the 6th‚ and visiting New York win 2-0.
1957: At Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle again hits homers from both sides of the plate‚ and drives in 4 runs‚ but the Yankees lose to Chicago 7-6. Jack Harshman is the winner‚ after losing 6 straight to New York. Chicago now lead the Yankees by 5 games.
1956: Whitey Ford allows just 4 hits-all in one inning-as the Yankees edge the White Sox‚ 3-2.
1948: In an afternoon doubleheader before 68‚586 at the Stadium‚ Cleveland take two from the Yankees‚ winning 7-5 and 9-4. Joe Gordon leads the way over his ex-teammates by hitting a two-run homer in the first game‚ and belting two more round-trippers in the nitecap. Allie Reynolds and Spec Shea take the losses. The Indians have now won 3 games from NY in less than 24 hours.
1943: In a 14-5 New York win over the A’s‚ Roy Weatherly of the Yankees‚ who caught 10 ?y balls in a game April 28‚ does it again. He is the first outfielder to have 10 putouts in a game twice in one season.
1939: The greatest gathering of members and future inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame assembles in Cooperstown‚ New York‚ for the dedication of the museum. A 6-inning game at Doubleday Field showcases lineups studded with players who will be elected in the future. Honus Wagner’s lineup defeats Eddie Collins’ squad‚ 4-2. Babe Ruth‚ Ty Cobb‚ Honus Wagner‚ Walter Johnson‚ Grover Alexander‚ Nap Lajoie‚ George Sisler‚ Eddie Collins‚ Tris Speaker‚ Cy Young‚ and Connie Mack accept their plaques. Cobb‚ angry at Commissioner Landis‚ shows up after the ceremony and photo taking to accept his plaque. Other inductees‚ all deceased‚ include Cap Anson‚ Charles Comiskey‚ Candy Cummings‚ Buck Ewing‚ Hoss Radbourn‚ Al Spalding and Wee Willie Keeler.
1927: Despite Babe Ruth’s 21st homer‚ the Yankees are nosed out by the Indians‚ 8-7. Not even Murderers’ Row could recover from Waite Hoyt’s start, spotting Cleveland 7 runs in the first 2 innings.. His replacement George Pipgras homers and pitches well. It is Joe Hornung Day at the Stadium‚ as the veteran from the 1880s celebrates his 72nd birthday. He receives a testimonial and money from his friends.
1922: Browns rookie Herb Pruett fans Babe Ruth 3 times enroute to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. He allows 6 hits. Ruth will go 2-for-13 with 10 K’s against the less-than-flamethrowing southpaw‚ who will finish his career with a 29-48 record. The Browns collect 9 hits including 2 homers off Bullet Joe Bush – a 2-run homer in the 1st by Ken Williams and a solo by John Tobin – in inflicting the only loss that Bush will suffer against St. Louis. Bush will get revenge on his next outing‚ and start a winning streak of 17 against the Browns.
1920: In Cleveland‚ the two top teams in the AL square off as Yankee spitballer Jack Quinn (9-1) gets the start against the Indians’ Slim Caldwell‚ also known to hoist a wet one now and then. The Tribe push a run across in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie for the win. The victory puts the Indians a game ahead of New York.
1919: The Yankees take over first place by beating the Tigers‚ 6-1‚ as Bob Shawkey tops Howard Ehmke.
1907: The Highlanders make it easy for the Tigers by committing a franchise record 11 errors in the 14-6 win by Detroit. New York shortstop Kid Elberfeld leads the bobble gang with 4 errors; first baseman Hal Chase‚ third baseman Frank LaPorte‚ second baseman
Jimmy Williams‚ left fielder Wid Conroy‚ and pitchers Al Orth and Bill Hogg each add a miscue. Following the game‚ New York manager Clark Griffith gets into a fracas with a fan and is charged with assault. Griffith later argues self defense and receives a fine
2004: More distressing than the drubbing the Yanks take at the hands of the Padres is the loss of Mike Mussina to injury after three innings. Moose leaves a 1-1 tie after three as Alex Rodriguez homers in the first, and Felix Heredia gets the loss despite not pitching badly in emergency relief. It is still something of a game until Gabe White (below) allows a double, single, single, walk, fielder’s choice, and home run for five quick San Diego runs in the ninth for a 10-2 loss.
2003: The Astros shut out the Yankees‚ 8-0‚ as six Houston pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter – the most ever to do so on a no-no. Starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the 2nd inning with a strained groin. He is followed in turn by Peter Munro‚ Kirk Saarloos‚ Brad Lidge‚ Octavio Dotel‚ and Billy Wagner‚ who combine to hold the Bombers hitless for the first time since 1958. It is the longest streak without being no-hit – 6‚980 games – in MLB history. Dotel ties a record by striking out 4 New Yorkers in the 8th inning. The Yankees tie the AL record by striking out 8 consecutive times. It was the fourth time it has happened‚ the first since the Mariners struck out 8 consecutive times off Roger Clemens in his first 20 K game (April 29‚ 1986). The major league record is for pitcher used in a shutout is 8‚ by the Red Sox‚ in a 10 inning game on October 3‚ 1999.
1993: The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 sea gulls who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5-4‚ winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Wade Boggs called the situation ‘terribly dangerous.’ The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. Gus the wonder dog‚ on loan from the Wisconsin waterfowl association‚ will keep them away.
1988: Batting seventh as the Yankees designated hitter ahead of Rafael Santana and Joel Skinner‚ pitcher Rick Rhoden hits a sacrifice fly in New York’s 8-6 win over Baltimore. He is the first pitcher to start a game as a DH since the rule was adopted in 1973. Later‚ Jose Cruz replaces Rhoden as the DH.
1981: The White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2‚ handing pitcher Doug Bird his first loss since August 16‚ 1978. The journeyman righthander had won 12 consecutive decisions.
1974: Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start with no relief appearances‚ to set an AL record, but he loses to California 5-4. In the 4th inning‚ Stottelmyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: He’ll throw just 2 more innings‚ his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher.
1967: Before the largest AL crowd of 1967 – 62‚582 at Yankee Stadium for Bat Day – the White Sox regain first place from the Tigers by sweeping a twinbill from New York 2-1 and 3-2. They will stay in first until August 12.
1964: After a 2-week absence‚ Mickey Mantle is back in the lineup and blasts 2 home runs at Fenway off Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win easily, 8-4.
1961: The Yankees sweep a pair from the Angels‚ winning the opener‚ 2-1 behind Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter. Yogi Berra belts a pair of solo homers. In the nitecap. Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning homer‚ his 19th of the campaign thus far, gives him the AL lead‚ but Roger Maris adds a pair of home runs‚ his 19th and 20th‚ as New York win 5-1. The Yanks have won 10 of their last 11 games.
1953: Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds‚ first-place New York beat Detroit 6-3 to run their win streak to 14 games. The Yankees get a game winner from Mickey Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. The Mick has now hit in 16 straight games‚ but will go hitless tomorrow‚ when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today‚ Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.
1948: The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees‚ 10-8‚ as Bob Feller, coming on in relief, fans Sherm Lollar with the bases loaded to end the game. Joe DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlights include Yogi Berra getting tossed by umpire Cal Hubbard for arguing a called third strike, and young Bobby Brown being replaced at second base in the 8th by George Stirnweiss‚ a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out-his first K in 42 games. The game – interrupted by rain and a fans’ missile barrage over another disputed call – ends at 12:20 a.m.
1934: The Yankees thrash West Point 7-0 in their annual exhibition game with the cadets. Jimmy DeShong provides the whitewash for the civilians.
1927: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth connects for two consecutive home runs (numbers 19 and 20) off Garland Buckeye‚ but his next time up the Babe is rounded on by Cleveland catcher Luke Sewell who demands that the umpires inspect Ruth’s bat. The umps find nothing illegal‚ but the crowd of 30‚000 cheer the Bambinom who strikes out. Tony Lazzeri adds a homer and New York win‚ 6-4. George Burns is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.
1922: Insisting on starting against the Yankees for the second day in a row, Urban Shocker is again beaten‚ 8-4. New York score 3 in the 7th on a walk‚ 3 hits‚ and a Ken Williams throwing error. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up 348 innings‚ 2nd in the AL.
1919: New York’s Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers‚ 7-0. Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is 2-for-3 to start his 29-game hitting streak.
1915: The Yankees finally beat the White Sox‚ winning 10-9. Batting for catcher Les Nunamaker, New York pitcher Ray Caldwell (below) hits one out of the park for his second pinch homer in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow Caldwell will go long again‚ but he is on the mound in that game.
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1903: The Highlanders make their first trade in franchise history, as utility infielders Herman Long and Ernie Courtney are swapped to Detroit for shortstop Kid Elberfeld.
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2007: The only bad news in a Yankee 13-6 drubbing of the Pirates at the Stadium is the disappointing start of Tyler Clippard, who gives all of an early 5-2 lead back by allowing six runs in the 4th. The big offensive explosions for the home side are courtesy of Bobby Abreu (4-for-4 with a walk and 3 rbi, and 4 runs scored) and Alex Rodriguez (2 walks, 2 homers, 5 rbi, and scored 4). Troubled relievers Sean Henn, Luis Vizcaino, Scott Proctor, and Mike Myers come through on this day, holding the Bucs scoreless on three singles over the last 5.3 innings.
2005: The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings a staggering $996‚000 at auction.
2003: Singles by Alfonso Soriano and
Jason Giambi wrapped around a Derek Jeter fielder’s choice break up a
scoreless duel between Wade Miller of the Astros and Mike Mussina, and
Jorge Posada caps the 5th-inning rally with a two-run blast in a 5-3
win over the Astros in their first ever game in Yankee Stadium.
2002: The Yankees best the Diamondbacks‚ 7-5. On the first pitch he sees in the majors‚ NY rookie Marcus Thames hits a home run off Randy Johnson..
2000: Paul O’Neill and Derek Jeter each have three hits with a home run, Tino Martinez collects three safeties, and Jorge Posada goes long as well in an 13-5 Yankee victory over the Mets on a hot, humid Saturday in the Bronx.
1998: Yankee outfielder Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his career in New York’s 6-2 win over his old club, the Expos. He is the fifth player in history to reach that milestone. Bernie Williams is lost to the DL when he injures his knee sliding.
1978: The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs‚ his first team‚ in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York‚ and he will not recapture his form in Chicago. Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.
1977: Ron Guidry‚ with relief help from Sparky Lyle‚ stops the Twins‚ to give New York a 4-1 win. Willie Randolph’s two-run double is the key blow.
1975: The Yankees sponsor Army Day at their temporary home‚ Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium
is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass is
splintered‚ the park is filled with smoke‚ part of the fence is blown
away‚ and another part is set afire. Salvaging something of the day, at least the Yanksbeat the Twins 5-1 in the game that follows.
1966: The Yankees and A’s make a trade, with New York acquiring pitcher Fred Talbot and catcher Billy Bryan in exchange for pitchers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco‚ and promising outfielder Roger Repoz.
1961: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits a drive over Mickey Mantle’s head to the center field monuments‚ and the ex-Yankee legs out an inside the park homer. Mantle’s answering homer in the bottom of the 8th off rookie Bill Kunkel cements New York’s 5-3 win over Kansas City.
1960: In New York‚ Mickey Mantle slams his third homer in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland’s Dick Stigman. The 8th inning solo shot gives New York a 4-3 win.
1957: Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning homer to Mickey Mantle in Detroit‚ but still beats the Yankees‚ 9-4. Mantle now leads the AL with 13 homers. Ted Williams is 2nd with 10.
1954: Brad Gulden, one of the Yankee catchers for the remainder of the 1979 season after the death of Thurman Munson, is born. Happy 57th, Brad!
1934: Doc Cramer hits for the cycle‚ but the Yankees still beat the A’s 7-3 on Lou Gehrig’s 2nd grand slam of the year.
1933: In the ‘He’s not there for his hitting’ department, Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times‚ an MLB first in the 20th century – his Athletics still beat the Yankees‚ 9-5. Lefty will hit .086 this year.
1922: At St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth’s 2-run homer in the 3rd off Urban Shocker ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker‚ and a double‚ single‚ two errors on the same play‚ and a sac fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him‚ and fires his first pitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker‚ and another 6 off relievers to win‚ 14-5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball‚ sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.
1921: Babe Ruth connects for the 120th homer of his career‚ the blast coming in the 3rd inning against Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. The round tripper breaks the career mark of home run leader Gavvy Cravath‚ who totaled 119 in his 11-year career. Despite the homer‚ New York lose 8-6.
2008: In a season that will be one of the best ever compiled for saves, Mariano Rivera establishes a disturbing pattern of taking losses in games he enters in non-save situations. On this day, Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar and Mike Mussina carry a scoreless duel through six, then both fall victim to two-run seventh-inning homers, by Miguel Olivo and Alex Rodriguez. But Rivera, who comes on in the ninth of the 2-2 tie, is reached for a leadoff home run by slugger Jose Guillen, and the Yanks fall 3-2. In the game’s fifth inning, bicycling champion Lance Armstrong moves the remaining games counter in the old Stadium from 49 to 48.
2007: Roger Clemens makes his much-awaited season debut, getting the start against the Pirates at home. The Yanlees win 9-3, in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate until the later innings. Reliever Chris Britton is demoted to AAA Scranton on to make room for the Rocket’s return.
2006: Randy Johnson leaves his best stuff in his locker for a start against Oakland. Not only do the three home runs he allows include jolts by Bobby Kielty and Antonio Perez jolts in a four-run fourth, he walks three in the frame as well. The Yanks post a four-run uprising of their own in the home seventh on a Jason Giambi home run and a Robbie Cano triple, but the rally falls short in the 6-5 A’s win.
2002: The Yankees win the rubber game of an exciting three-game set with the visiting Giants 4-2, when they rally for three in the 8th on a Nick Johnson double and a Rondell White single. Roger Clemens strikes out nine over eight frames for the win, while Joe Torre takes some heat for the hands-off approach that he takes with Barry Bonds, who is hit by a pitch and walked four times, the last three intentionally.
1992: The Yankees trade pitcher Lee Guetterman to the Mets in exchange for pitcher Tim Burke.
1973: At Kansas City, the Yanks rally for 5 runs in the 9th to stop the Royals 6-4. Newcomer Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings and allows one hit to win in relief. New York move into first with the win.
1961: In a rain-interrupted game in New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer in the 3rd is the difference in a 8-6 win over Kansas City. Maris also homers‚ the third time this year the two have gone deep in the same game.
1959: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks edge Kansas City‚ 9-8 in 13 innings. Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th off Murry Dickson, but it is a Hector Lopez single that wins it in the 13th.
1947: The second place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Allie Reynolds issues 8 free passes‚ and Bill Bevens adds 3 more. Joe Page walks none in the 9th but backup catcher Aaron Robinson lets a pop up drop in front of the plate for a single‚ and two hits later‚ the Sox score the winner. Johnny Lindell anad Luke Appling trade homers.
1946: The Yankees draw 66‚545 for a doubleheader with the Indians‚ and pass the one million mark in attendance‚ the earliest date in ML
history that any club has done so. Cleveland spoil the party with a 9-5 win in the opener‚ but the Yanks salvage the nitecap‚ 7-4.
The 1946 Yankees
1933:In Philadelphia‚ Jimmie Foxx ties an MLB record with another homer‚ his 5th in 3
games and his 12th of the year‚ but the A’s bow to the Yankees 7-6. Lou Gehrig hits his 12th of the year and Tony Lazzeri connects for a 3-run dinger in the 8th to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (NYC sets a heat record for the date with 97°F) causes both starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter and after 5 innings Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout and has to be carried away.
1931: Bill Virdon, whomanaged the Yanks to second- and third-place finishes in 1974 and 1975, respectively, is born. Happy 79th to the Milkshake Man!
1928: In action against the Yankees, Cleveland left fielder Charlie Jamieson starts his second triple play in three weeks.
In the 2nd inning, with Ben Paschal on third and Tony Lazzeri on first, Jamieson snags a line
drive hit by Joe Dugan. Charlie’s quick throw to first baseman Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri‚ and Paschal is out at home when he tries to
score. Again‚ Cleveland are on the losing end‚ as New York win 7-3.
1927: At the Stadium, Murderers’ Row take their third straight from Chicago, winning
8-3. New York knock Ted Blankenship out of the box in the 7th and Ray Morehart hits reliever Bert Cole’s 1st pitch for a 3-run homer. Babe Ruth then legs out a triple and follows it with aa steal of home. The Yanks score 6
in the frame.
1922: At Comiskey Park, the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox. On a 2-out infield single in the 6th‚ Wally Schang is injured sliding into first and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the third out‚ Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th‚ De Vormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch. The hosts do not do the visitors the courtesy of losing, however, as the Yanks drop the game 10-6.
1915: At the Polo Grounds, the White Sox pound the Yankees 13-0‚ as Eddie Cicotte allows just 2 hits. Braggo Roth leads the attack with a homer‚ triple and single.
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2005: In a 12-3 lambasting of the Brewers at Milwaukee, Alex Rodriguez strokes the 400th HR of his career, off Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano. A-Rod becomes the youngest player to date to reach the plateau, and the 40th overall. The milestone is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise ugly 3-9 road trip.
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2007: A poignant moment occurs before a game with Pittsburgh at the Stadium, as the untimely death of Clete Boyer is honored – the ex-Yank third baseman had succumbed several days before when the team was on the road. The contest that follows pits lefties Tom Gorzelanny and Andy Pettitte against each other, and the Yanks come from behind twice, the first time on a two-run, 6th inning homer by Hideki Matsui . Mariano Rivera replaces Pettitte after eight in a 4-4 tie, and gets the win when Derek Jeter delivers Robbie Cano with a single in the bottom of the 10th.
1999: Having been entrusted with a 5-0 going into the 7th at Veterans Stadium, the Yankee bullpen implodes, as the Phillies come up with 9 runs in the inning, on their way to an eventual 11-5 victory. Jason Grimsley takes the loss for the Bombers.
1992: Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is suspended from baseball indefinitely after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy cocaine. It is Howe’s seventh suspension. Howe will eventually perish in a car accident in 2006.
1986: The Yankees are on the losing end of the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history to date. Baltimore’s Lee Lacy goes 4-for-6 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI as the Orioles double up the Bombers, 18-9. The game features 9 pitchers‚ 36 hits‚ and 16 walks‚ and takes 4:16 to complete.
1980: In the ‘Can’t blame them for trying’ department, they Yankees use their first-round amateur draft pick to select Stanford quarterback John Elway.
1977: Behind a 9-2 victory by Mike Torrez over the Brewers‚ the Yankees move into first place.
1969: 60,096 fans are on hand at the Stadium for Mickey Mantle Day. The Mick’s no. 7 is retired, and he and Joe DiMaggio exchange plaques to be hung on the wall – DiMag’s is a surprise. The team put a fine cap on the day by sweeping a pair from the White Sox, 3-1 and 11-2.
1968: MLB Commissioner William Eckert orders that the Yankees-Angels game scheduled at the Stadium be postponed following the assassination of New York senator Robert Kennedy. The clubs will play a doubleheader tomorrow.
1965: The Yankees participate in the first amateur draft in MLB history. Their first pick is Bill Burbach, a 19-year old pitcher from Dickeyville, Wisconsin. He will have three seasons with the big club, from 1969 to 1971.
1961: In twinbill action at the Stadium, the A’s hit 3 consecutive triples in a 5-run 3rd inning whilst upending the Yankees 9-6 in the nitecap, after dropping the opener 6-1. Moose Skowron homers in the lidlifter, the 17th straight game in which the Yanks have homered‚ for a total of 32. The Bombers are shut out in the nitecap by KC’s Jim Archer.
1960: Bob Turley tosses a 3-hit shutout against the White Sox‚ and Mickey Mantle adds his 9th and 10th homers of the season. His second homer‚ in the 8th‚ is followed by Roger Maris’s 16th of the year‚ matching his season total last year with KC. It is the first time the M & M Boys have hit back-to back homers.
1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium‚ Browns pitcher Tommy Byrne hits a 4t
h inning fly ball behind third that New York’s Gil McDougald chases. A fan catches the ball but the umpire rules interference and calls the batter out. Browns manager Rogers Hornsby‚ coaching third‚ doesn’t disagree. However‚ Browns owner Bill Veeck‚ listening on the radio in St. Louis‚ phones Hornsby and orders him to protest‚ which Hornsby reluctantly does‚ but too late anyway. The Yanks win 5-2‚ then take the nitecap as Vic Raschi shuts out St. Louis. That night‚ Hornsby calls Veeck and tells him to stop meddling‚ a call that will cost him his job.
1951: Before 53‚940 at Comiskey Park‚ Vic Raschi and the Yankees edge the Sox‚ 4-2. Mickey Mantle‚ leading the Yankees with 33 RBIs‚ ties the game with a single and throws out Nellie Fox‚ who tries to score from 3B on Minnie Minoso’s fly to right.
1950: The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Tigers 11-4, though Phil Rizzuto’s record string of 238 errorless chances ends when he fumbles a grounder in the 5th.
1949: Yankee knuckleballer Tommy Byrne walks 13 Tigers in 11 innings‚ a franchise record, and the most passes handed out in a Major League game since 1935. Dick Weik will match it in September and‚ as a Brown‚ Byrne will actually top it in an extra-inning game in 1951. The second-place Tigers manage just 4 hits‚ but finally score with 2 out in the 11th to win‚ 3-2. Virgil Trucks gives up 3 hits in the win. The Yankees pitching staff will surrender 812 bases on balls this year‚ the second-most of any team in MLB history (the record is held by the 1915 Philadelphia A’s, with 827).
1942: Despite 2 homers by Jeff Heath and 5 hits by Ken Keltner‚ the Indians lose 11-10 to the Yankees in 11 innings. Tom Ferrick’s wild throw to third allows Joe DiMaggio to score the winning run. Joe Gordon singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 25 games‚ and Buddy Hassett’s 2 singles extends his string to 20.
1941: Bill Dickey pulls off the only unassisted double play of his career in the first of two with the Browns. The Yankee catcher snares Bob Swift’s pop foul along the first base line and tags first to double off the straying runner‚ Johnny Berardino.
The Yanks sweep the Browns‚ 9-3 and 8-3. Joe DiMaggio collects 7 RBIs on the afternoon‚ with 2 homers in the opener and 2 hits in the nitecap. He has now hit in 24 straight. From today’s second game to July 26th‚ Joe will jolt 11 homers without striking out.
1939: Joe DiMaggio leads New York to a 7-2 win over the White Sox by hitting a single‚ double‚ and his 2nd homer of the year. Joe is now hitting .464. Lefty Edgar Smith takes the loss for Chicago while rookie Atley Donald wins his 6th without a loss. New York’s record against southpaws is 15-4.
1935: In the opener of a doubleheader with Boston‚ Lou Gehrig is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to lead New York to a 13-6 win. The Iron Horse collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at first and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. He does play in game 2‚ however, a 4-2 Boston win. Lefty Gomez walks 8 and wild pitches home 2 runs to help lose his 7th.
1933: Welcome to the Big Leagues: A’s reliever Bobby Coombs gives up a homer to his first ML batter (an understandable rookie mistake, since the batter is Babe Ruth)‚ but Jimmie Foxx homers in his first 3 at bats‚ all off Lefty Gomez‚ as the A’s outscore the Yankees 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him an MLB record tying 4 consecutive homers. He is the first to achieve the feat in the 20th century – the last man to go long four times in a row was Bobby Lowe, in 1894. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth homer for New York‚ with the Babe’s landing across the street from the right field fence. Losing pitcher Wilcey Moore gives up 6 runs in the 8th. Art Mahaffey is the winner.
1927: Tony Lazzeri belts three homers in the Yankees’ 11-inning‚ 12-11 win over the White Sox. Tony’s first 2 round-trippers come off Red Faber‚ and his third is a 2-run line drive in the 9th inning off George Connally that ties the game.
The Yanks were behind 11-6 going into
the 9th inning. New York win it in the 11th after Cedric Durst triples‚
Lazzeri is intentionally walked‚ and Ray Morehart singles over Bill
Barrett’s head in right field.
1926: In Detroit‚ Babe Ruth launches a homer run that reportedly carries 626 feet, in an 11-9 Yankee slugfest over the Tigers. The shot‚ off the Bengals’ Lil Stoner‚ lands at the intersection of Cherry Street and Brooklyn Avenue‚ two blocks from Navin Field. The youngster who retrieves the ball sells it back to the Babe for $20.
1921:Babe Ruth is arrested for speeding, fined, and held until 4:00 pm. Dressing at the stationhouse in a uniform brought to him, he follows a police escort to the Polo Grounds, enters the game with the Yanks losing toCleveland 3-2, and watches as the home team rally in the bottom of the 9th for a 4-3 win.
1911: The peculiar early baseball practice of the ‘courtesy runner’ comes into play in a 7-2 loss by the Highlanders to the White Sox at Hilltop Park . When New York pitcher Russ Ford beans Sox shortstop Roy Corhan, Ping Bodie, already in the lineup, runs for Corhan. In the bottom of the frame‚ Bodie returns to center field. with Jesse Tannehill moving from first to short. Pitcher Doc White ends up playing first base.
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2008: Almost exactly 74 years to the day since Myril Hoag became the first, Johnny Damon becomes the second player in Yankee history to go 6 for 6 in a 9 inning-game. In a wild contest at the Stadium that sees the Bombers come back from four runs down twice, Damon delivers a walkoff ground rule double for his sixth safety as the home side prevail over Kansas City, 12-11
2007: With a 10-3 triumph over the White Sox at Chicago, Joe Torre becomes the first man in Major League history to have collected both 2,000 hits as a player and 2,000 wins as a manager.
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2009: It’s not a walkoff, and the eventual game-winning run scores on a less than borough-shaking Hideki Matsui groundout, but the 4-3 Yankee win over the Rays at the new Stadium is part and parcel of the new venue’s magic all the same. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira’s singles leading off the 8th spark the three-run come-from-behind rally, Teixeira saves an estimated 5 runs runs with a series of sparkling defensive plays, Alfredo Aceves strikes out four straight in gaining the win, and Mariano Rivera’s 10-pitch, one-two-three, 9th-inning save is true to form.
2003: Against the Cubs, Roger Clemens makes his third try at winning his 300th game. Chicago are without the services of slugger Sammy Sosa, who has been suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Ray. They’ll also have to get along without Hee Seop Choi‚ who suffers a concussion in the 4th when he collides with pitcher Kerry Wood. The Chicago first baseman is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run homer in the 7th as the Cubs beat Clemens and the Yankees 5-2.
2002: Bob Sheppard makes a rare slip of the tongue in the 1st inning of an interleague battle between the Yankees and the Giants, as he announces Jason Giambi as ‘Giambini.’ But perhaps not, as Jason drives in Alfonso Soriano with the game’s first run, and just misses with a foul homer in a tight 2-1 Yankee victory. Mike Mussina outduels Livan Hernandez, and Barry Bonds singles twice, walks and strikes out.
1982: The Yankees select high school shortstop Bo Jackson in the 2nd
round of the amateur draft‚ but the future Heisman trophy winner opts for Auburn instead.
1980: Yankee pitcher Tommy John posts his 200th victory‚ a two-hit‚ 1-0 win over Seattle.
1973: The Yankees trade 3 players – first baseman Frank Tepedino‚ outfielder Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named – to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Pat Dobson.
Dobson had struggled in his one year in Atlanta after the Braves had acquired him from the Orioles. The player to be named will turn out to be 2 – Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle. The Yanks also purchase 30-year-old Sam McDowell (1-2) from the San Francisco Giants for $100‚000+. McDowell‚ who will later admit to a drinking problem (teammate Dick Radatz later remarked‚ “We thought he was just stupid. It turned out he was never sober.”) will pitch 2 seasons in New York before being released.
1968: On his 21st birthday, Thurman Munson is selected by the Yankees as the fourth pick in the first round of the amateur draft.
1967: Having finished in last place the previous year, the Yankees have the first pick in the amateur draft, and use it to
take Ron Blomberg, who will eventually become the club’s first designated hitter (in 1973).
1961: The Twins lose to the Yankees‚ 5-1‚ for their 13th straight loss. They’ll win tomorrow but will reach 14 losses in a row in 1982. Ralph Terry allows the Twins a run in the 1st on 2 hits‚ then pitches hitless ball for the next 8 innings. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle homer off Camilo Pascual in the 3rd; it is a record setting 31 homers in the last 16 consecutive games.
1947: Thurman Munson is born.
1941: The Yankees score 5 in
the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11-7. Joe DiMaggio has 3 hits and Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller
belts a grand slam to back reliever Charley Stanceau.
1939: With Joe DiMaggio back in center field after an absence of 35 games because of a foot injury‚ the Yankees roll to a 5-2 win over the White Sox. DiMag knocks in the Yankees’ first run with a triple and scores another in a three-run 5th. Yankee nemesis Thornton Lee leaves the game with a torn muscle in his left shoulder after 5 1/3 innings‚ while New York’s starter Lefty Gomez goes 7 innings before wilting in the heat. New York’s lead over the idle Red Sox is now 9 games
1936: George Selkirk’s homer in the 16th gives the Yankees’ Red Ruffing a 5-4 win over Oral Hildebrand of the Indians. Ruffing has 3 hits‚ including a home run. Both starters finish the game but neither record a strikeout‚ an American League record.
1929: Babe Ruth enters New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for a cold‚ and a heart murmur is discovered. The Babe is ordered to rest and will be out of action for two weeks. Without Ruth‚ the Indians cuff the Yankees‚ 7-3‚ sending them into third place. Joe Sewell hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Ed Morgan follows with a round-tripper.
1928: At Cleveland‚ Joe Shaute pitches credible ball‚ allowing an early homer to Tony Lazzeri‚ but in the 8th he gives up 4 unearned runs. Then in the 9th he serves up back-to-back homers to Ruth (No.20 on the year) and Lou Gehrig (No. 12). The Babe’s is a 3-run shot. Cleveland lose‚ 8-2‚ with George Pipgras winning his 10th.
1927: At New York‚ babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig clout back-to-back homers in the 4th inning‚ off Al ‘Tommy’ homas‚ to beat the White Sox 4-1 and increase the Yanks lead over Chicago to 2 games. Pat Collins also homers for the Yanks, while Bud Clancy matches for Chicago.
1913: Facing the White Sox at the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees finally win one‚ 3-2‚ behind the pitching of Ray Keating. The Yanks are now 10-34, 24 1/2 games out of first place.
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1934: In the first game of a
doubleheader with the Red Sox at Fenway, Myril Hoag‚ substituting for
Babe Ruth‚ becomes the first Yankee to go 6 for 6 in a 9-inning game,
tying an AL record in the process. All of Hoag’s safeties are signles, as the Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll
to a 15-3 win. Boston win the nitecap‚ 7-3‚ to drop the Yanks to second
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2006: Melky Cabrera has one of his greatest defensive moments of his Yankee tenure. Chien-Ming Wang pitches the Yanks to a 2-1 lead over Boston through seven. David Ortiz had homered for the lone Red Sox run in the third, and Manny Ramirez blasts a two-out, eighth-inning fastball from Kyle Farnsworth toward the visiting bullpen, with Cabrera and Johnny Damon in hot pursuit. Damon’s unbridled jump for joy confirms the great catch to one and all, as the Scoreboard celebrated the Yankee rookie’s transcendent moment by flashing: :The Melky Way!
Off the field, the Yankees, along with every other club in the majors, pass on Jeffrey Maier in the amateur draft. Maier will remain best known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a Derek Jeter fly ball in game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, in spite of having hit .403 in Division 3.
2004: Mike Mussina and Texas righty Ryan Drese face off in a pitchers’ duel on a damp Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. Moose allows only two fly balls and three hits through eight innings, but Drese matches him. When Jason Giambi doubles 1-0 lead the Yanks had taken on a Bernie Williams fourth-inning homer with a two-out long ball of his own in the 8th, it looks like the home team wouldn’t need it. But catcher Rod Barajas chases Mussina with a lead-off ninth-inning triple, and Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 Yankee win.
2001: Baltimore’s first two hitters‚ Jerry Hairston‚ Jr and Mike Bordick‚ hit homers against New York. Despite a second round-tripper by Bordick‚ the Yankees win‚ 7-4‚ going ahead on an 8th inning grand slam by Jorge Posada.
1999: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 7-2 to end Roger Clemens’ 20-game winning streak. Also ended is Derek Jeter’s streak of reaching base in 53 consecutive games, as the orange and blue snap an 8-game losing streak of their own.
1997: Less than 24 hours after announcing one of the stranger promotions in baseball history for Father’s Day‚ Mike Veeck, owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ class A affiliate, cancels plans to give free vasectomies on June 13th. Roman Catholic bishop David Thompson‚ a season ticket holder‚ led the complaints about the scheme. Veeck‚ who bought the RiverDogs this season‚ is the son of the legendary Bill Veeck
1990: A week after the Mets fire their manager‚ the struggling Yankees follow suit. Bucky Dent‚ the Yanks’ skipper for just 89 games‚ is replaced by Stump Merrill‚ who managed the Columbus farm team.
1987: Needing a replacement for the injured Don Mattingly‚ the Yankees reluctantly trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for catcher Mark Salas.
1979: The Yankees select Don Marttingly in the 19th round of the amateur draft.
1965: Tom Tresh collects 4 homers in a doubleheader with the White Sox at the Stadium, 3 of them coming in the second game. In the nitecap, the outfielder also goes long from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career The Yanks sweep the twinbill, 6-1 and 12-0.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in the first off the Indians’ Dick Tomanek‚ then ties the game at 4 with a 3-run tomahawk off the Tribe starter. New York win 6-5.
1955: At Briggs Stadium‚ the Yankees blast four homers to beat the Tigers and Bob Miller‚ 7-5. Eddie Robinson connects for a pair of two-run homers‚ while Billy Hunter‚ Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle add round-trippers. Mantle’s shot is to dead center‚ 440 feet away.
1954: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Orioles’ catcher Clint Courtney makes an unassisted double play in a 7-5 win against the Yankees. New York take the opener as well, 5-2‚ as Mickey Mantle belts a two-run homer off Don Larsen‚ who is on his way to a 3-21 season.
1944: The Yankees have the day off, along with the rest of the major league clubs -the country’s focus is turned toward Europe as allied forces invade
occupied France on D-Day. Yesterday was an off-day as well after all teams played
1931: At the Stadium‚ the Indians take a 7-4 lead into the 9th when Ed Morgan and Joe Vosmik single off Yankee reliever Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3-6 triple play. The Tribe still win, 7-5.
1926: Player-manager Tris Speaker of the Indians‚ sporting a lifetime .350 BA‚ startles players and fans alike when he directs pitcher George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees at Cleveland. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler‚ but he flies out. The Yankees win‚ 6-5.
1920: Carl Mays allows 6 runs-3 unearned-but the Yankee submariner earns his seventh straight win over the Athletics‚ 12-6. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the 15-hit attack.
on their way to a 7th-place finish‚ extend their winless streak to 13 games(12 losses, and a tie with Boston on May 24)‚ losing 2-1 to
Cleveland. New York shortstop Rabbit Maranville is thrown out three times trying to steal home.
1907: Bill Dickey is born.
2006: At the Stadium, the Bombers administer a 13-5 pounding to Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. The six straight safeties to start the home second feature an Andy Phillips three-run homer to left.
Jason Giambi follows with another three-run dinger after the string was broken by a fielder’s choice ground ball. Mike Mussina, celebrating his 57th career complete game in a 6-1 victory in Detroit the week before, benefits from all the offense and goes six innings for the win.
1998: Andy Pettitte goes the distance in beating the Marlins 5-1, with Todd Zeile scoring the only Florida run on a Chuck Knoblauch error in the seventh. Knoblauch redeems himself by knocking in two, however, including plating Joe Girardi after the backstop’s double in the inning’s bottom half. In a preview of the kind of performance he would give later in the Bronx, future Yankee bullpen staffer Felix Heredia teams with Brian Edmondson to issue the Yanks four walks and a bases-loaded hit batsman (Knoblauch, for his second rbi) to hand the opposition two tallies in the 8th.
1977: The Yankees hit 6 home runs‚ their most in three years‚ and barely edge the White Sox‚ 8-6. Bucky Dent‚ Reggie Jackson‚ Thurman Munson‚ Carlos May‚ Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect. Zeber’s clout‚ his first ML homer‚ comes off Dave Hamilton‚ and is the game winner.
1967: Playing his first game for the Senators‚ Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the left field line for an inside the park homer off New York rookie Thad Tillotson. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 8th with a homer off Darold Knowles‚ and New York win 4-2.
1965: At the Stadium‚ Mel Stottlemyre goes 10 innings to win 4-3 over the White Sox. Stottlemyre also connects for a 4th inning homer‚ off Gary Peters‚ for the first Yankee score in 24 innings. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the 6th off Peters‚ and Elston Howard‚ recovering from elbow surgery a month ago‚ wins the game with a single in the 10th.
1963: Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence at Baltimore chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. The Mick will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas 4-3‚ as the Yankees return to first place.
1961:In the first of two games at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits an 8th inning
homer to help New York top the Twins 6-2. Mantle‚ Maris‚ and Colavito
each have hit 15.
1960: The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox‚ taking the opener on homers by
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Roger’s blow is a 3 run shot to give New York a 5-4
victory. Art Ditmar goes the distance for the win in the nitecap‚ winning 8-3.
1958: In the opener of two‚ the Yanks rout Sox starter Early Wynn for a 12-5 win at the Stadium. In the 3rd‚ Mickey Mantle legs out his 3rd
inside-the-park homer in a month. The Sox take the nitecap‚ edging New
1957: Behind Gil McDougald’s two
homers and Mickey Mantle’s solo shot‚ the second-place Yankees storm by
the Indians‚ 13-3 in Cleveland.
1956: A’s manager Lou Boudreau comes up with the ‘Mantle Shift’ – moving the infielders around when Mickey Mantle bats lefty with the bases empty (left fielder backs up third, shortstop takes over second‚ and the second baseman moves to shallow right field). Mantle fans twice trying to bunt‚ and hits a 2-run homer when the shift is not on‚ as KC win 7-4.
1955: The Yankees split today’s
doubleheader with Chicago‚ winning nitecap 3-2 in 10 innings. Facing
Billy Pierce in the 4th inning‚ Mickey Mantle clouts a tape measure
shot to left the clears the roof and‚ according to the Tribune
tomorrow‚ ‘bounced on 34th Street to shatter the windshield of a car.’
Eyewitnesses say the ball does not hit the roof‚ but clears it on the
fly‚ some 550 feet‚ and compare it to the shot that Jimmie Foxx
launched on June 16‚ 1936. The Yankees now lead the AL‚ four games in
front of Cleveland.
1953: The Yankees beat up on rookie Bobo Holloman‚
beating the Browns 5-0. Mantle’s two-run centerfield homer at
Sportsman’s Park is the big blow for New York‚ and extends Mickey’s
hitting streak to ten games.
1948: Appearing at Yale Field, a terminally ill Babe Ruth presents an autographed copy of his biography to Yale first baseman and team captain George Bush Sr.
1947: The second-place Yankees slice the Tigers’ lead to one game by beating Detroit‚ 7-0. Spud Chandler tosses a three-hitter while Tommy Henrich paces the drive with two homers. Ralph Houk and Fred Hutchinson are tossed after a punch-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.
1937: At Detroit‚ the Yankees bang four homers – two by Lou Gehrig‚ one by Joe DiMaggio and a pinch homer by Red Ruffing – to edge the Tigers‚ 6-5. Reliever Pat Malone stops Gee Walker‚ who already had three hits‚ in the 9th inning with the winning run on second.
1936: Lou Gehrig plays in his 1‚700th consecutive game‚ as the Yankees beat Cleveland‚ 4-3.
1932: The Red Sox sell pitcher Danny MacFayden to the Yankees for $50‚000 and pitcher Ivy Andrews and Henry Johnson. The Yanks will option Jack Saltzgaver to Newark to get down to the 23 player limit by June 15th.
1920: Today’s doubleheader between the A’s and Yankees is rained out‚ but A’s vice
president Thomas Shibe denies charges that the baseballs currently
being used are livelier. Shibe‚ a member of the firm that manufactures
the balls‚ cites the abolition of the spitball and other ‘freak’
pitches as the reason for the increase in home runs this season. In the past
seven games‚ New York have collected 39 extra-base hits‚ including 13
Thomas Shibe (L) with Ty Cobb and Connie Mack
1919: Eddie Collins 8th inning grand slam breaks up a pitching duel between Ernie Shore and Ed Cicotte and gives the White Sox a 7-5 win over the Yankees.
1874: Early Yankee ace Jack Chesbro is born.
2008: In a 5-1 win over Toronto at the Stadium, Derek Jeter’s third-inning rbi single off Jesse Litsch moves the captain past Mickey Mantle into third place on the all-time Yankees hits list.
2007: Clete Boyer, starting Yankee third baseman for the 1961 and 1962 championship clubs, dies at the age of 70.
2002: The Yankees come up with an 8 runs in the 6th to pull away from Baltimore, going on to win 13-5. Scott Erickson, who spent time in the New York bullpen in 2006, fans Rondell White on three pitches to start the frame, but after the Yanks bat around, White caps it with a homer off Calvin Maduro. Shane Spencer, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter, and Bernie Williams single in the inning, and Jason Giambi and Robin Ventura homer as well.
2000: The Yankees edge the Braves‚ 7-6. Prior to the game‚ Atlanta pitcher John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman‚ the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in Sports Illustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman‚ although there is no physical contact between the two.
1997: For the second straight night‚ Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling Bombers‚ as the Orioles win 9-7. The Yanks had tied the game at 7 on Charlie Hayes’ pinch grand slam. The O’s Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken‚ showing no effects from signing (a Major League record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night’s game‚ hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.
1990:After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft‚ the Yankees pull 3 winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round‚ Jorge Posada in the 24th‚ and Shane Spencer in the 25th.
1988: Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York’s 7-6‚ 14-inning loss to the Orioles‚ giving him a club-record 249 as a Yankee.
1986: Yankee hurler Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 7 2/3 innings, until Gary Pettis doubles.
Niekro and Al Holland finish an 11-0 one-hitter, and Dave Winfield homers twice.
1980: The Yankees‚ with no picks in rounds one and two‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick. After protests from at least two other teams‚ Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad‚ Cannon will be the number 1 pick of the Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his career.
1958: After 32 scoreless innings, the Chicago White Sox score in the 3rd, and go on to win 7-4 over the first place New York Yankees. Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot to Mickey Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The drive is measured at 478 feet.
1953: At Chicago‚ Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 4th‚ off Billy Pierce‚ gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead‚ but Chicago come back to tie. The Mick’s leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a New York rally‚ and they win 9-5.
1951: In Cleveland‚ in an effort to defeat their Yankee nemeses‚ the Indians distribute 15‚000 lucky rabbits feet for Beat Eddie Lopat Night. Lopat recalled later‚ “While I was warming up‚ before the game‚ a drunk came on the field and threw a black cat at me and it clung to my uniform jersey.” It works‚ as Cleveland plates five runs in the first inning-three on a Bob Kennedy homer-on the way to an 8-2 win. It is Lopat’s first defeat to the Indians after 11 straight wins.
1939: Phil Linz is born. Happy 72nd to the harmonica man!
1929: Former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee dies. Frazee is forever remembered as the man who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
1922: At the Polo Grounds‚ Carl Mays collects 3 hits and beats the A’s for the 21st straight time. The Yanks win 8-3. Babe Ruth belts a 3-run homer over the right field fence for the Bombers.
1915: Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3-0 Detroit win over New York‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s second steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th‚ 1911).
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2003:Derek Jeter is named the 11th captain in Yankee history.
1932: In Philadelphia‚ Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive home runs and narrowly misses a fifth in a Yanks-A’s slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle‚ including a grand slam‚ and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig’s 5th inning homer – his 3rd of the game – comes off A’s starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth‚ his 15th. Lou’s last homer‚ in the 7th‚ is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A’s‚
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2008: Step one of a long, gradual evolution occurs when Joba Chamberlain made his first major-league start, against the Blue Jays at the Stadium. His pitch count (62) will match his number. He leaves with a 2-1 lead after 2.3 innings, though an unearned tally ties matters before the inning is through. Dan Geise, whose contract the Yankees purchased from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game, allows one more run through the sixth, but Toronto batter Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez for 6 runs in the seventh on the way to a 9-3 win. The club optioned righthander Scott Patterson to AAA to clear a roster spot for Geise, and ex-NFL quarterback and current native New Yorker Boomer Esiason reduces the games-left counter to 54 in Yankee Stadium I in the bottom of the 5th.
2007: First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is sent to the DL following a game against Boston in which he broke his wrist.
2000: Brian Jordan has 4 RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP‚ 13 H‚ 7 ER‚ 3 BB‚ 5 SO) allows hits to the first 4 batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP‚ 6 H‚ 6 R‚ 4 ER‚ 4 BB‚ 7 SO) is equally ineffective, and neither gets a decision. Derek Jeter has 4 hits and 2 walks‚ just the 6th player to get 4 hits in a game off Maddux.
1998: Orlando Hernandez makes his debut in pinstripes in a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. El Duque scatters 5 hits over 7 innings before giving way to Mike Stanton. Scott Brosius paces the Yankee offense with 2 two-run doubles.
1991: Left-handed pitcher Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort‚ NC‚ is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 million-three times the previous high.
1975: Jose Molina is born. Happy 35th to our former backup backstop!
1972: Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson both connect for 3-run homers in an 8-run Yankee 13th to beat the White Sox 18-10. Murcer scores 5 runs on 4 hits.
1968; The Yankees turn their last triple play of the 20th century, in the 8th inning against Minnesota, but still lose 4-3. Reliever John Wyatt, acquired from the Red Sox three weeks previously, takes the loss for the Bombers.
1959:At Detroit‚ Mickey Mantle homers off Ray Narleski in the 9th to give the Yankees a 6-5 win. New York chase nemesis Frank Lary with 5 runs in the 3rd.
1958: Led by Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer in the first‚ the Yanks jump on Dick Donovan‚ who does not retire a batter. New York roll to an easy 13-0 win over the White Sox.
1937: Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just 2 feet below the rim of Yankee
Stadium‚ about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated by some that
the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.
1933: Against the Yankees at the Stadium, the A’s score 11 runs in the 3rd inning‚ then watch the home side score 10 in the 5th. Ben Chapman and Tony Lazzeri hit homers in the inning‚ and Lazzeri‚ Arndt Jorgens and Frank Crosetti all have 2 hits in the frame. Babe Ruth clouts his 10th of the year in the 8th. The A’s fail to score after the 3rd‚ as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A’s in 6 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 17-11. Not until the Red Sox in 1998 will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.
1929: Blink and you’ll miss it – at t he Stadium, the Yankees take just 1 hour and 20 minutes to edge the White Sox 1-0. Ed Wells allows 2 hits in beating Ted Lyons.
1921: Playing under the name Lou Lewis‚ Lou Gehrig makes his professional debut at first base for the Hartford Senators. The 17-year-old Lou is 0-for-3 as Hartford loses to the Pittsfield Hillies‚ 2-1. He’ll get his first hit-a triple-in tomorrow’s 5-3 win over the Waterbury Brasscos‚ and then play just 10 more games.
1920: Ping Bodie hits a 6th inning grand slam to lift the Yankees to an 5-4 win over the Athletics. Bob Shawkey‚ whose indefinite suspension was lifted today‚ gives up homers to Tillie Walker and Jimmy Dykes but settles down and pitches a complete game win.
1910: Jack Warhop throws a one-hitter for the Highlanders, but loses to the White Sox‚ 3-1. Chicago hurler Ed Walsh allows 4 singles‚ drives in 2 runs with a double‚ and scores the last run.