The red-letter day (bordered in black) -
1941: Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig
passed away at his home in the Bronx. Since then, his illness has been known
primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
On other 2nds of June…
2005: The Yankees have been swept by the team with the worst record in the majors (16-37), falling 5-2 to the Royals for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years. Kansas City pitchers allowed just six runs in the series. It was the third time in their storied history the Yankees had been swept in three games by the team with the worst record in major leagues. The other times were in 2000, by the Detroit Tigers, and 1937 by the Philadelphia Athletics. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep in 1996-97.
1996: At Oakland‚ the Yankees win 11-4 and do it the old-fashioned way-by stealing 8 bases. Gerald Williams‚ with 10 career steals‚ has 4 steals to tie a club record‚ and rookie Derek Jeter adds 2. Kenny Rogers (4-1) is the benefactor‚ pitching 6 1/3 innings for the win‚ as the Yankees stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the O’s.
1958: Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record as he shuts out the White Sox 3-0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just 6 hits but three – 2 by Hank Bauer and one by Mickey Mantle – are out of the park. On a botched hit-and-run attempt‚ Luis Aparicio is thrown out at second, ending his streak of 26 consecutive steals.
1957: In the first inning of the nitecap of a doubleheader with Baltimore at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ homer back to back off Skinny Brown‚ and Elston Howard goes deep as well, for a 4-0 lead. The fans could have headed for the exits then, because there will be no more scoring on either side the rest of the way.
1954: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks tag Early Wynn for seven runs in the first inning without the righty recording an out. Don Mossi relieves and starting in the 2nd inning‚ the Yanks are held hitless by Mossi and four more relievers. Cleveland peck away‚ eventually tying the game before winning in the 10th‚ 8-7. Hal Newhouser‚ who tosses the last three hitless innings‚ is the winner.
1948: At Detroit‚ the Yankees open the series with a 1-0 win behind Vic Raschi‚ but lose left fielder Charlie Keller who breaks his hand. Johnny Lindell will move in as the regular left fielder.
1940: Horace Clarke, starting Yankee second baseman from 1967 until 1974, is born. Happy 71st, H.C.!
1938: Gene Michael, starting Yankee shortstop from 1969 to 1974 and later general manager, is born. Happy 72nd, Stick!
1925: Yankee first baseman Wally Pipp is beaned during batting practice‚ resulting in a severe headache. Things will only get worse for him as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators – it will be nearly 14 years before he is out of the lineup again. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8-5 victory‚ with Allan Russell taking the loss.
1920: The Yankees stretch their win streak to 10 games by beating the Senators 8-1 behind Jack Quinn. Babe Ruth hits a two-run shot in the opener of the doubleheader‚ connecting off Tom Zachary and Leon Carlson. The Babe bangs out another‚ his 14th‚ in the nitecap off Bill Snyder‚ but the Senators win 7-6. Clyde Milan homers in the first game‚ while Bob Meusel‚ Howie Shanks‚ Muddy Ruel‚ and Braggo Roth all homer in game 2. The New York Times notes that ‘Ruth is the only player in the game who has the handle of his bat wound with tape. It gives him a better grip.’
The 1920 Yankees
The red-letter day -
1925: Lou Gehrig begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
In a Monday game at the Stadium‚ 18‚000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0-2 with a walk against Washington’s Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Senators win 5-3. In the 9th inning‚ Gehrig pinch-hits for Pee Wee Wanninger‚ launching the streak that will eventually surpass the record held by Everett Scott, the shortstop whom Wanninger replaced in the Yankees lineup.
On other 1sts of June…
2009: In a 5-2 victory at Cleveland, the Yankees play their 18th straight game without an error, breaking the record held by the 2006 Red Sox.
2008: Another spring training hope goes by the wayside: the Yankees designate infielder Morgan Ensberg for assignment on June 1. Right-hander Scott Patterson is recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the spot.
2003: The Yankees defeat the Tigers in 17 innings by a score of 10-9. New York takes a 7-1 lead as Roger Clemens starts in pursuit of his 300th win‚ but Detroit tie the game in the 7th. David Wells, who contributes 5 2/3 innings of relief, will get the win.
2001: The Stadium witnesses a rarity, as Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia
earns a win despite pitching only 4 innings. The game is called because
of rain after 5 innings with the Tribe ahead‚ 7-2. The rules state that
in a 5-inning game‚ a starter need not go the full 5 to earn a victory‚ There have been just 5 other cases
since 1970 to match C.C’s.
1999: At the Stadium‚ Roger Clemens and New York overpower the Indians 11-5. Derek Jeter has 2 hits‚ 3 runs‚ and has now reached base in all 50 Yankee games (a record going back to 1961). Reliever Steve Reed plunks Jeter in the 8th‚ then Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run homer.
1992: The Yankees select Derek Jeter as their first-round pick in the amateur draft, and the sixth pick overall.
1988: The Yankees take football all American Deion Sanders in the 30th round of the amateur draft.
1973: Fred Heimach, pitcher and pinch hitter for the Yankees in the late ’20s (and member of the 1928 championship team), dies at the age of 72.
1961: Bob Turley gives up Vic Wertz’s first triple in 6 years as the veteran slugger leads the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Yankees. Since June 14‚ 1955‚ Wertz has played in 596 games and collected 537 hits‚ but no 3-baggers.
1960: Mickey Mantle hits a one-out home run in the first inning‚ a 400-foot blow on an 0-2 pitch‚ for the only Yankee hit against Baltimore’s Hal Brown. The Birds win 4-1 and sweep the three game series with the Yankees to move into first place (27-15). New York leave Baltimore in 4th place (19-19).
1958: In Boston‚ Bob Turley wins his 8th‚ 10-4‚ for the first-place Yanks. He allows 5 Red Sox hits‚ 3 by Billy Klaus‚ as Andy Carey helps with 5 straight hits.
1947: Joe DiMaggio has a single‚ double‚ and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs and lead New York to an 11-9 win over Cleveland. Al Lyons wins his only decision for New York this year‚ beating Bob Lemon.
1936: In an exhibition game at West Point‚ the Yankees easily subdue the cadets‚ 6-2. Lefty Gomez pitches the first 3 innings and allows 2 runs.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth makes his first start on the mound this season‚ pitches 4 innings‚ then goes to right field after the Yankees take a 10-run lead. Roger Peckinpaugh’s inside-the-park homer and Ping Bodie’s homer off Erickson are the big blows. New York roll to a 14-7 win over the Senators‚ the 9th win in a row for the Yankees‚ as they move into second place behind the Indians.
1918: Losing at home 5-3 against the Yankees‚ the White Sox load the bases in the bottom of the 9th with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to third baseman Frank Baker‚ who turns it into a game-ending triple play. The Yankees win 6-3.
1910: Still in his playing days, batting leadoff for the Cardinals, future Yankee manager Miller Huggins becomes the first player in modern major league history to make six plate appearances in a game without recording a single official at bat. In a game against the Phillies, Huggins walks his first three times up, follows with a sac fly and a sac bunt, then draws another free pass to force the lead run across in the eighth inning. The Redbirds win, 10-5.
1908: The first-place Highlanders trip Ed Cicotte and the visiting Red Sox‚ 2-0. Jack Chesbro allows just 4 hits in the victory. But the Highlanders‚ 20-15‚ will win just 31 more games the rest of the way for the first of the four last-place finishes in franchise history to date, with a 51-103 record.
1998: The Yankee machine hits a bump in the road, as Andy Pettitte suddenly can’t get anyone out in the third inning of a game with Boston, leaving with six across and two outs. But reliever Darren Holmes throws gas on the fire, as he fails to record the third out until five more Red Sox players reach safely, and 11 have scored. The Yanks fall 13-7.
1989: At the Stadium‚ New York rookie Deion Sanders makes his debut. He throws out one Seattle runner‚ drives in a run‚ and triggers a 5-run rally in the 7th with a single. Don Mattingly completes the scoring with a 2-run homer-his 4th hit of the game-in the 8th following a single and 2 steals by Steve Sax. New York win 9-5‚ with the decision going to Andy Hawkins.
1988: Yankee starter Al Leiter makes one pitch before leaving the game. Oakland leadoff batter Carney Lansford lines the pitcher’s first offering to left for a clean single, and Billy Martin replaces Leiter with reliever Neil Allen. Allen gives up just 3 hits in 9 innings to record a 5-0 shutout for New York Allen will have a shutout and no starts this year. Mike Pagliarulo hits a 2-run HR off Steve Ontiveros to supply Allen with all the runs he needs.
1983: AL President Lee MacPhail suspends George Steinbrenner for one week‚ citing ‘repeated problems’ with the outspoken owner’s
public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner‚ who had been fined $50‚000 by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some NL umpires‚ cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.
1975: Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas‚ the fifth time in his career he has had his team’s lone hit in a game. Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6-0 Yankee victory.
1967: Kenny Lofton is born. Happy 44th, Kenny!
1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris again homer as New York edge Boston‚ 7-6. Mantle’s is no.14‚ two ahead of Roger. In the 8th inning‚ Carroll Hardy pinch hits for rookie Carl Yastrzemski; last year he pinch hit for Ted Williams‚ making him the only player to go in for both future Hall of Famers.
1959: At Washington‚ the Yankees beat the Senators‚ 3-0‚ on Bob Turley’s two-hitter. Moose Skowron accounts for the scoring with a three-run homer. Mickey Mantle almost homers‚ but his 438-foot drive is caught by center fielder Bob Allison.
1948: The Senators‚ fresh from four wins over the Red Sox‚ drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62‚626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener‚ 10-0. The Yanks collect 16 hits‚ including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes 7 straight hits in the two games‚ making out his first and last at-bats.
1938: In action against the A’s at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚000th consecutive game and has an RBI single in a 12-5 win. Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam off Yankee pitcher Joe Beggs‚ the first of three salamis he will hit this season, all of them courtesy of the Yankee hurler.
1931: Earle Combs’ hitting streak ends at 29‚ although the Yankees beat Washington‚ 4-2‚ in a rain-shortened 7-inning game.
1928: At the Stadium‚ Herb Pennock tosses his second shutout of the year‚ beating Washington 4-0 for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser‚ giving up a home run to Cedric Durst and another to Babe Ruth‚ his 19th. The Babe almost adds his 20th when he blasts a long high fly with two on‚ but Leo Durocher‚ the runner on first‚ holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.
The Yankee outfielders of 1928: (L to R) Cedric Durst, Earle Combs,
Ben Paschal, Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel)
1927: The Yankees pound the third-place Athletics into submission‚ winning 10-3 and 18-5. Babe Ruth homers in each contest to run his string to 4 straight games. He finishes the month with 12 homers‚ and 16 altogether. Rookie strongboy Jimmie Foxx belts his first Major League homer‚ off Urban Shocker‚ in game 2. Tony Lazzeri and Mark Koenig homer in game 2‚ while Lou Gehrig has two singles to go along with his double‚ triple and homer in the opener.
1920: At the Polo Grounds‚ the Yankees outslug Washington‚ winning 7-6 in the morning game and 10-7 in the afternoon match. New York win the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge is the winner. New York score 5 in the 6th when Duffy Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers‚ and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Jim Shaw.
In the afternoon game before 38‚000 fans‚ Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous home run by Babe Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth‚ who swipes four bases‚ including second and third in the 4th inning‚‚ then swiping home on the front end of a double steal: Braggo will swipe another 4 on June 12. Roger Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2‚ including a pair of doubles and a triple.
1913: Accusing Hal Chase of playing below his capability‚ Yankees manager Frank Chance sends him to the White Sox for light-hitting infielder Rollie Zeider and first baseman Babe Borton. Borton hit .371 last year. Despite his uncertain character and questionable honesty‚ Chase will be on the scene for another 6 years. Zeider‚ who set the AL rookie record for stolen bases in 1910 with 49‚ is suffering from foot problems. When Borton hits .
133 in 39 games‚ writer Mark Roth remarks‚ ‘Hal Chase was traded to the White Sox for an onion and a bunion.’
1910: The Highlanders sell Slow Joe Doyle to the Reds. Doyle set a Major League record by winning his first 2 decisions in 1906 by shutouts.
1907: The Highlanders beat Boston‚ 4-1‚ behind Frank Kitson‚ making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year‚ but will go 4-0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home‚ and Hal Chase has 2 steals.