July 2011

6/28 in Yankee History

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1949: After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel‚ Joe DiMaggio awakes in the morning to find that the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a home run that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox 6-4 in a night game at Fenway before 36‚228‚ the largest night crowd in Fenway history. Hank Bauer’s 3-run homer in the 2nd inning off young lefty Maurice McDermott jump starts the Yanks‚ who now lead the race by 4 1/2 games.




On other 28ths of June…

2003: Led by Hideki Matsui, the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets‚ winning the 1st by a score of 7-1 at the Stadium and the nightcap 9-8 at Shea. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different parks in the same day. Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 and is on base in 9 out of 10 plate appearances over both contests. For the second time this season‚ Alfonso Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with another. This time it is Derek Jeter who goes back-to-back.




1998: The Yankees suffer a down-to-the-wire loss at Shea. Joe Torre remarkably allows Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez to throw 143 tosses over eight innings, and he leaves a 1-1 tie as his mound opponent Masato Yoshii is throwing perhaps his finest game as a Met. Both starters allow only two hits, with a 10/4 walk/strike out ratio for Yoshii, and 9/5 for Hernandez,. Carlos Baerga leads off the bottom of the ninth with a double off Ramiro Mendoz, and scores the winner on a Luis Lopez sac fly. The final is 2-1 Mets.





1997: David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap‚ Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack‚ as center fielder Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the hits‚ while third baseman Matt Williams gets 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ and drives home 6 runs.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B06280NYA1997.htm1987: Don Baylor moves ahead of Ron Hunt on the all-time hit-by-pitch list when the Yankees’ Rick Rhoden plunks him during a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. It is the 244th time that Baylor has been hit by the pitch. He’ll end with 267‚ putting him 3rd on the list behind turn-of-the-century star Hughie Jennings.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1987/B06280NYA1987.htm1969: At Cleveland, Yankee shortstop Gene Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Zoilo Versalles, but the home side still prevail 7-3.



1966: At Fenway‚ the last place Red Sox cash in on 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors 5-3. All of New York’s scoring comes from Mickey Mantle‚ who blasts a 2-run homer in the 1st and an opposite field homer onto the left field screen in the 8th.


1963: Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker, who spent the last 6 seasons of his Hall of Fame career as the Yankees’ starting third baseman, dies at the age of 77.




1962: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a scoreless tie in the 4th with back-to-back home runs to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 win over the Twins.


1961: Ryne Duren comes back to haunt his ex-teammates as he strikes out 12 over eight frames to give the Angels a 5-3 win. Mickey Mantle drove in all three New York tallies, two of them on a home run.




1949: Don Baylor, Yankee DH from 1983 to 1986, is born. Happy 62nd to Mr. HBP!




1944:  At the Stadium‚ the Yankees move into second place‚ beating the Browns 7-2 for their 6th win in 8 games with St. Louis. Bob Muncrief loses‚ snapping his 6-game win streak. George ‘Snuffy’ Stirnweiss hits an inside-the-park home run to straightaway center with a man on in the 4th.

1941: Joe DiMaggio has two hits and a walk off Johnny Babich of the A’s to extend his streak to 40 games‚ second longest in AL history. New York win‚ 7-4‚ as Charlie Keller homers‚ the 23rd game in a row the Yanks have gone deep. The second-place Yankees will win their next 13 games.


Off the field, Al Downing, ’60s Yankees pitcher (though he is best remembered as the man who gave up Hank Aaron’s 715th career homer) is born. Happy 70th, Al!
1939: In Philadelphia‚ the Yankees hit 8 home runs – Babe Dahlgren (2)‚ Joe DiMaggio (2)‚ Bill Dickey‚ Joe Gordon‚ Tommy Henrich‚ George Selkirk – in the first game of a doubleheader with the A’s‚ and 5 more in the nightcap. Both are MLB records‚ as are the 87 total bases and 98 at bats in a doubleheader. In the 7th inning‚ the Yanks belt 3 homers with 2 outs tying a ML mark; they are the 3rd major league team to accomplish that feat this month. DiMag, Dahlgren and Joe Gordon each hit 3 round-trippers for the afternoon as the Yankees win the opener 23-2. Monty Pearson wins the laugher. New York then bang out 16 hits takes the nightcap 10-0 behind Lefty Gomez’s 3-hitter. Gomez contributes 2 hits himself. Facing just 5 pitchers in the twin bill‚ the Yankees finish off the A’s in 2 hours‚ 27 minutes in the opener‚ and take 1 hour‚ 40 minutes in the 2nd game. The A’s have no four-baggers on the day.
1928: Babe Ruth slams two homers to lead the Yankees to a 10-4 victory over the Athletics. Ty Cobb appears in his 3‚000th career game.
1927: The Yanks build a 9-0 lead against the A’s‚ and withstand a furious 8-run rally by Connie Mack’s boys in the 9th to win‚ 9-8. New York now lead the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year‚ belting his 23rd homer with one on. Babe Ruth‚ nursing a sore right knee‚ sits out his 3rd straight game in favour of Ben Paschal.



1922: Some days you just can’t win… Waite Hoyt allows just two hits in 8 innings of work, but Walter Johnson fans 9 and wins a 1-0 battle for his third straight shutout, and the 97th in his career. Earl Smith’s double in the 9th drives home the winner.




1916: In a 9-7 New York victory over the A’s in Philadelphia, Yankee outfielder Lee McGee (below) collects four assists.


1915: The Yankees purchase 24-year-old pitcher Bob Shawkey (6-6) from the last-place A’s. Shawkey will pitch 13 seasons or the Yanks‚ reaching the 20-game mark four times.


1907: The last place Washington Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey in a 16-5 win over the New York Highlanders. Rickey‚ acquired last February from the Browns‚ is pressed into service despite a bad shoulder because of the injury to starter Red Kleinow. Rickey’s first throw to second base ends up in right field and the subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of third. In his 8 innings‚ relief pitcher Lew Brockett helps Washington with a deliberate windup and by issuing 9 walks and allowing 15 hits. Only pitcher Tom Hughes and second baseman Jack ‘Nig’ Perrine are steal-less‚ while Hal Chase swipes one for New York.


6/27 in Yankee History

2008: A busy day as the Yankees manoeuvre frantically to save the ’08 season, which is rapidly going awry. First, the badly misused but talented righthander Ross Ohlendorf (below) is optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with Kei Igawa recalled from AAA to take his spot. Then the hobbled Hideki Matsui is placed on the 15-day disabled list. Finally, the contract of Sidney Ponson is purchased from AA Trenton so that he can take his place in the rotation alongside the likes of Darrel Rasner.



2003: At the Stadium, the Mets tie the Yanks 5-5 in the sixth inning on a Tony Clark home run, but Raul Mondesi knocks
in the game-winner in a 6-5 win for the home team. Dan Miceli also registers the only save of his tenure in pinstripes.




2001: The Yanks come out smoking against Cleveland rookie C.C. Sabathia, racing to a 10-2 lead after four on 13 hits including a Tino Martinez home run. Mike Mussina coasts to the 15-5 victory.




1986: The Blue Jays come from behind to beat the Yankees 14-7‚ despite outhitting the Yanks by only 19 to 18. Damasco Garcia has a record-tying 4 doubles for the Jays.



1978: Graig Nettles belts a two-run homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles’ 13th circuit shot of the year. Sparky Lyle (6-1) wins in relief of Ron Guidry, who scattered 8 hits over 6 innings of work.


1963: Chicago’s Ray Herbert allows 5 singles to in beating the Yankees 6-0‚ to give the Sox a virtual tie for first. The Sox batter youthful pitching star Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their runs in the first 5 innings.


1952: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle unloads a first inning homer off Bob Hooper,  and the Yankees roll to a 10-0 rout of the A’s.


1949: Joe DiMaggio goes hitless but plays without pain for the first time this year, against the Giants in the Mayor’s Trophy game. At this point the Yankees have played 65 games without the Clipper‚ but are in first place by 4 1/2 games over the A’s and 5 ahead of Boston.



1918: The Red Sox pound out 17 hits against starter George Mogridge (below) and the rest of the Yankee bullpen, and still lose 7-5. New York take over first place.



1904: Patsy Dougherty has another 3 hits as the Highlanders beat their old teammate Jesse Tannehill (below) and Boston‚ 8-4. Boston lead the AL by just a half game. ‘Long Tom’ Hughes will win tomorrow to stretch the lead to 1 1/2 games.


6/26 in Yankee History

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1974: Derek Jeter is born. Happy birthday to the Captain (shown here enjoying some of the perks of the office)!


On other 26ths of June…

2006: Randy Johnson has one of his better Yankee days in a 5-2 win over Atlanta. DH Jason Giambi paces the Bomber offense, who jump on right-hander Tim Hudson before he settles in. The Giambino homers for two runs in the first and three in the second, two innings during which it takes Hudson 32 pitches to retire the home side each time. He retires the next nine batters on just another 32 tosses, but the damage is done. Braves reliever Kevin Berry has his major-league debut in this game.



1987: Wade Boggs sees his hitting streak snapped at 25 consecutive games and the Rocket sputters as Roger Clemens fails to hold a 9-0‚ 2nd-inning lead. The Yanks will plate 11 in the home 3rd, with Don Mattingly (four hits) and Dave Winfield (4 RBI) leading the way.
Boston lose to the Yankees  12-11 in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston‚ however‚ have blown bigger leads.


1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon‚ Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon‚ Sr.‚ college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959‚ misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college‚ in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft‚ the Indians will pick Cannon
but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.


1979: The Yankees reacquire fan favourite Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Paul Semall and cash. Murcer will once again thrive at the Stadium, hitting .273 with 8 HRs.


1977: In front of 55‚039 home fans‚ the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox‚ avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York take a 4-1 lead into the 9th‚ but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th‚ Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at third to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.


1972: Detroit’s Bill Slayback, making his first Major League start, throws 7 inning of no-hit ball at the Yanks in a 4-3 Tiges win. Veteran outfielder Johnny Callison, in a brief, late-career Bronx tour of duty, breaks up the no-no with an eighth-inning single.



1944: More than 50‚000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams‚ then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5‚ Yankees 1‚ Giants.


1941: Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan – a future Yankee – homers. Tommy Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th‚ Henrich bunts Rolfe over to second  to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York win‚ 4-1‚ and take over first place.


1920: Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when‚ as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce‚ he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand slam in the 8th gives the NY team a 12-8 victory.
Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).


1912: The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2-8)‚ winner of last year’s opener‚ to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August‚ Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).


6/25 in Yankee History

2005: The Mets down the Yankees 10-3, as Cliff Floyd (below) backs the pitching of Tom Glavine with two homers. David Wright also has a homer and double. Both teams are now at .500 (37-37).



2003: The Yankees obtain outfielder Karim Garcia (below) and pitcher Dan Miceli from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later.



1999: In Baltimore’s 9-8 loss to the Yankees‚ the Orioles’ Jesse Orosco makes his 1‚051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve’s Major League record. His successor is Mike Tomlin‚ who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning HR to Shane Spencer. Harold Baines has a pair of homers for the O’s‚ while Tino Martinez has 4 hits for NY.



1984: At the Stadium‚ Dave Winfield hits 5 singles and drives in 4 runs to lead New York to a 7-3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield’s one-manbarrage. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month‚ tying a record set by Ty Cobb.



1977: Mike Torrez outduels Luis Tiant in the Bronx to give the Yankees a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. A 3-runm homer by Graig Nettles (below) is the big blow. New York now trail the Sox by 3 games.



1976: Javier Vasquez is born. Happy 34th, Javy!




1971: The Yankees and Expos swap outfielders named Ron, with Mr. Swoboda heading to New York in exchange for Mr. Woods.



1967: Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy‚” he said from his training camp. “Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.” Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.



1961: Roger Maris contributes to an 8-4 Yankee win at Minnesota with his 40th home run of the campaign thus far.




1953: The White Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-2 win, Chicago skipper Paul Richards using a record five different players at first base in the process. The Bombers still have a nine-game lead in the League even after the three days of futility.



1934: Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca fans 5 times in a row while beating the White Sox 13-2. Not until Bernie Williams‚ on August 21‚ 1991‚ will another Yankee fan 5 times (by Bret Saberhagen). Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the first time in his career‚ and the Yankees  regain first place from the Tigers‚ losers 13-11 in Philadelphia.



1930: The 3rd-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns‚ winning 5-4 and 16-4. Sam Byrd has a single‚ double and triple in the opener to pace New York‚ and Babe Ruth hits #25 and #26 in the nitecap to back Red Ruffing’s pitching.



1915: In Boston Babe Ruth his 3rd homer of the year‚ off New York’s Ray Caldwelll‚ and is the 2nd player to hit a ball into the right field seats at Fenway. Ruth strikes out 8 in pitching a complete game‚ 9-5‚ win‚ and adds a single off reliever Bill Donovan‚ Yankee skipper and his former manager.


1904: In Boston‚ the Highlanders’ Jack Chesbro (below)  wins his 12th straight‚ besting Cy Young 5-3. Patsy Dougherty has 3 hits against his former teammates.



1903: At South Side Park in Chicago, the Highlanders and the White Sox battle to a 6-6 tie in 18 innings. The two teams rack up 30 hits between them before the contest is called because of darkness.


6/24 in Yankee History

2009: The Yankees reactivate utility infielder Cody Ransom from the 60-day disabled list.


2005: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 6-4 behind Pedro Martinez’s strong 8 innings of work. The Mets set an NL record by hitting 3 sacrifice flies (Ramon Castro‚ Jose Reyes‚ Mike Cameron) in the 3-run 2nd inning. One of the balls is dropped by Bernie Williams
for an error. The last team to have three sac flies in an inning was the White Sox who did it in the 1st game of a doubleheader with the Indians on July 1‚ 1962.  The Mets tie another NL mark with 4 sac flies in the game.


1997: Tino Martinez collects 2 singles‚ a double‚ and a pair of home runs while driving in 4 as the Yankees top Detroit‚ 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5 RBIs for New York.


1996: Former Yankee pitcher Steve Howe‚ released by the team just two days ago‚ is arrested at Kennedy International Airport for
carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. Howe had already been permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent on this same day in 1992 after having
pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It was Howe’s 7th ban from the game‚ as he became the first player ever permanently barred from baseball because of drugs. The decision was later reversed on appeal.


1994: At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees and Indians battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a‚m.
There are a total of 3 hours, 10 minutes in rain delays, including the one to start the contest. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yanks winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play‚ a Cleveland team record. Not to be outdone‚ the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.


1977: Before 54‚940 at Yankee Stadium‚ Roy White launches a dramatic 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-5 tie with the Red Sox – New York score in the next inning on Reggie Jackson’s bases-loaded single to win‚ 6-5. White’s key hit comes after Bill Campbell retires the first 2 Yankees in the 9th and Willie Randolph then triples. Sparky Lyle picks up the win‚ handing Boston their 1st loss in 8 games. With homers from Yaz‚ Butch Hobson and George Scott‚ the Sox set a ML record of 33 homers in 10 games.



1970: In a the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Indians at the Stadium‚ Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s  club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7-2‚ despite Murcer’s 9th-inning blast off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2 starter Mike Paul‚ hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. After a walk in the 4th, a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th‚ and a game-tying homer in the 8th off Fred Lasher put Murcer in the record books. New York score in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5-4 win. Cleveland first baseman Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton’s ‘Folly floaters.’ Sensitive to fans’ booing during the season‚ Horton will be hospitalised‚ and at 25‚ this will be his last season.



1962: A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when a home runj by Jack Reed (below) – the only one he will hit in the majors – gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9-7 victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers‚ Phil Regan takes the loss and Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours‚ the game is the longest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.



1958: The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the Sox 6-2 at Comiskey. Mickey Mantle’s clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning‚ followed by a single‚ walk and Jerry Lumpe’s first Major League home run‚ and a round-tripper by Norm Siebern. Ryne Duren K’s 6 of the last 9 batters to preserve Bob Turley’s win.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1958/B06240CHA1958.htm1948: Vic Raschi scatters 6 hits to beat the Indians 6-0 and earn his 9th straight win. Bob Feller also allows six hits but three are home runs – by George McQuinn‚ Johnny Lindell‚ and Joe DiMaggio.


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1948/B06240CLE1948.htm1936: Rookie phenom Joe DiMaggio ties 3 ML records as he connects for 2 home runs in the 5th inning good for 5 RBI and 8 total bases to lead the Yankees to an 18-11 win over the White Sox. Joe is the 5th batter to hit two homers in an inning. His first is a two-run shot off Babe Phelps and the 2nd homer is a 3-run clout off Fred Lasher. For good measure‚ DiMag adds 2 doubles. for a Major League record-tying 4 long hits. New York score 10 times in the 5th‚ 9 runs scoring on homers. Jake Powell accounts for 4 runs in the inning with a grand slam and Gehrig becomes the 1st MLB player to collect 100 hits for the year.



1934:Babe Ruth breaks out of an 0 for 21 at slump by hitting a grand
slam in a 5-0 Yankee win over the White Sox.



1925: In a 5-3 Yankee win over Washington‚ Lou Gehrig steals his first base; a swipe of home‚ as Wally Schang steals second on the double larceny.



1922: In a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees at Fenway‚ Boston’s Everett Scott plays in his 900th straight game. The Bronx Bombers continue to cling to second place despite having lost  12 of their last 14


http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1922/B06241BOS1922.htm1920: In Columbus‚ Ohio‚ the Yankees play an exhibition game against a semi-pro team‚ winning 10-1.Babe Ruth hits 6 balls out in batting practice‚ including one over the LF fence onto the brewery’s roof. He grounds out‚ walks‚ homers far over the RF fence his
third at bat. He hits a Texas Leaguer to short left on the next at bat, but hustles it into a double. He walks his last time up. The Babe steals two bases‚ and pitches the bottom of the ninth‚ allowing two hits and the only run. Lefty O’Doul‚ who pitches only 3 2/3 innings in 1920 for NY‚ pitches 8 shutout frames.


                                   The 1920 Yankees1908: Charging the Highlander ownership with refusing to spend money to build the team‚ manager Clark Griffith (below) resigns. His Highlanders are 24-32. Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today’s 6-6 tie with the A’s. New York fade fast and will finish in the cellar with 103 losses.


6/23 in Yankee History

2004: Yankee fans are introduced to the dark side of starter Jon Lieber (below), as few of his pitches reach Jorge Posada’s mitt. In a 13-2 destruction in Camden Yards, the Birds plate three in the first when Lieber yields five hits and a sac fly to the first seven batters; five hits and an error leading off the home fourth net Baltimore four more.



2001: The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting pitcher Jay Witasick from the Padres for infield prospect D’Angelo Jimenez. The Yanks first choice‚ Expos pitcher Ugueth Urbina‚ failed to pass a physical and will end up with the Red Sox. The Padres released veteran shortstop Chris Gomez yesterday.


1997: In Detroit‚ David Cone strikes out 16‚ his highest total in six years‚ and Cecil Fielder‚ in eight innings of work. hits
a three-run homer as the Yankees win‚ 5-2. Cone‚ who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10‚ 1996‚ allows four hits‚ including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley.




1994: ‘Marvelous’ Marv Throneberry, who made his debut with the Yankees in the ’50s before going on to lasting fame (or infamy) with the ’62 Mets, dies at the age of 60.



1988: The bizarre love-hate saga of George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin takes its final turn, as the Yankee owner files Martin for the 5th and final time, replacing him with Lou Piniella. In 1985‚ Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985‚ Martin was fired and
replaced by Piniella. New York’s 40-28 record is the 4th best in the big leagues‚ but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.


1964: Charlie Lau ties a Major League record with 2 pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore’s 9-8 win over the Yankees. The Orioles score 7 runs in the inning after 2 are out. Yanks manager Yogi Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill
Sheldon‚ who was leading 7-2‚ having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O’s move into first place.



1963: In a game with the visiting Yankees, a Major League fielding record is set by Boston’s first baseman Dick Stuart as ‘Dr. Strange Glove’ handles 3 first-inning grounders and tosses to pitcher Bob Heffner for putouts. Stuart’s teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees win the game, though, 8-0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have 3 putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record 3 POs.



1962: The Yanks win the opener of a doiuibleheader with the Tigers, 8-4. In the niecap, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup and homers against Paul Foytack. But it is not enough, as Detroit win 5-4.


1959: The Yankees ride 2-run homers from Mickey Mantle‚ Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald to a 10-2 win over Kansas City.


1957: Prime Minister Kishi of Japan‚ wearing a Yankees cap‚ is one of 63‚787 fans at Yankee Stadium to see New York split with Chicago‚ winning the first 9-2 behind Bobby Shantz (9-1)and dropping the 2nd game 4-3. Mickey Mantle goes 6-for-9 as the Yankees maintain their 1/2 game lead over Chicago. Mantle is leading the AL in hitting‚ HRs and is one behind the Senators’ Roy Sievers in RBIs.



1955: Bob Turley shuts out the A’s 4-0 on 3 hits to end his 5-game losing streak.

1950: Eleven home runs – a then MLB record – drive in all the runs scored in a 10-9 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51‚000 Detroit fans. Detroit have 4 homers in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Trout’s home run, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Evedrs hits another homer, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page. For New York‚ Hank Bauer connects for 2 homers‚ including one in the 4th inning. Joe DiMaggio‚ Jerry Coleman, Yogi Berra‚ and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that 9 different players connect for homers in a game.

1948: Tommy Henrich’s grand slam in the top of the 11th breaks up a pitching duel between Indians starter Don Black and Eddie Lopat. The Yanks win‚ 5-1‚ to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2 1/2 games.


1935: The league-leading Yanks (37-22) lose their third in a row‚ dropping a 6-5 decision to the 2nd-place Indians. Red Rolfe’s error in the 8th allows the Tribe to tie and Lefty Gomez unleashes two wild pitches in a row in the 9th to allow Joe Vosmik to get to third. Ab Wright’s single brings home the winner. Mel Harder‚ in relief in the 9th‚ wins his 11th.



1932: In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig plays his 1‚103rd successive game in a New York uniform‚ equalling Joe Sewell’s record with one club (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Bill Dickey with the bases loaded‚ and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks’ George Pipgras‚ 11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers‚ the third time in his career he’s done it in a game‚ while Gehrig (No.18) and Babe Ruth (No.22) connect for New York.



1930: Yankee hurler Hank Johnson (below) cruises to a 15-0 4-hit win over the Browns. Babe Ruth’s 24th homer paces the 18-hit attack. St. Louis earn a split in the nitecap‚ winning 10-6 behind Rip Collins. Starter Lefty Gomez is the loser.


1929: At the Stadium‚ the A’s top the Yanks‚ 7-4‚ to win the windup of the 5-game series. For the third time in the the series‚ Miller Huggins tries a lefty and the A’s batter him. Ed Wells (below) is the victim. Al Simmons‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Mule Haas homer for the A’s‚
while Lou Gehrig hits his 20th for NY. The A’s lead the Yanks by 8 1/2 games. The game draws 51‚000, bringing the 5 game total to 184‚000 paid spectators.


1927: At Boston‚ Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11-4 victory by becoming the first player to hit 3 home runs in a game at Fenway. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd‚ and solo shots in the 6th and 8th‚ off Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.


1915: A new bases on balls-allowed record is as the A’s Bruno Haas (below) walks 16 New Yorkers  and uncorks three wild pitches in a 15-7 Yankee win.


1894: George Weiss (shown here conferring with Casey Stengel), Yankee general manager during the club’s period of greatest dominance, is born.




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