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1950: Though idle, the Yankees clinch their second consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel‚ and 17th in franchise history, as
Cleveland’s Bob Lemon coasts to a 12-2 lambasting of Detroit for his 23rd win.
On other 29ths of September…
The Orioles thrash the Yankees 13-2‚ scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. New York clinch their third straight AL East title‚
however‚ when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.
1998: The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers 2-0 on a 5-hit shutout by David Wells‚ with help from
Mariano Rivera in the 9th.
1987: Don Mattingly hits his ML-record 6th grand slam of the season, off Boston’s Bruce Hurst, in a 6-0 Yankee victory‚ eclipsing the mark shared by Ernie Banks and Jim Gentile. 1961). Mattingly’s record salami is the last of his career.
1978: The first-place Yankees, trailing Cleveland 1-0‚ score 3 runs in the 8th on RBI singles by Thurman Munson, Lou Piniella and
Reggie Jackson to win‚ 3-1. They fail to gain any more distance from the Red Sox, however, as Boston thrash Toronto 11-0.
1961: John Blanchard singles and homers to drive in both runs in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox. The Bomber handyman hits his 21st homer and singles in Roger Maris in the 9th to pin the loss on Bill Monbouquette. Whitey Ford pitches 4 scoreless innings for New York‚ and finishes the year having no stolen bases off him in 243 innings‚ a record.
1956: The Yankees and Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Ted Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle‚ but manages just a single‚ which takes him out of the running for the batting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle‚ Mickey Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded. Mantle does not start tomorrow. But when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit‚ he sends in the Mick with the bases jammed‚ and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average‚ 52 HRs‚ and 130 RBI.
1955: In Game 2 of the WS‚ lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4-2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.
1948: The Yankees stay in the tight AL race as rookie righty Bob Porterfield (below) gives New York a 4-2 win over the A’s. Fellow freshman Hank Bauer belts his first major league homer‚ a three run shot off Dick Fowler. New York remain in a dead heat with Boston for second place, 2 games behind Cleveland.
1934: In game one of a twinbill at Washington, Babe Ruth hits his last AL home run, as the Yankees split with the Senators, losing 8-5 and winning 9-6. Ruth’s blast comes off rookie Sid Cohen‚ who wins his first Major League game.
1933: With the Giants in the stands at Yankee Stadium‚ the Senators pile up a 5-0 lead over the Yankees‚ and then bring in the reserves to score an 8-5 win. Heinie Manush’s double and homer and three RBI lead the Nats’ attack. Babe Ruth has a triple. Lou Gehrig keeps his
consecutive game streak alive‚ playing nine innings after getting married at noon today in New Rochelle.
1932: The Yankees take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, as Lefty Gomez breezes to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Lou Gehrig collects 3 hits to
pace the homesiders’ attack.
1928: The Yankees and Tigers tie an AL offense record when they combine for 45 hits‚ Detroit tallying 28 of them. Four Tigers collect 4 hits apiece for a since-tied AL record‚ as Detroit win the slugfest 19-10. The Yanks will finish the season with the top three RBI men (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth with 142, Bob Meusel with 113)‚ just the second time this has happened. It will occur just once more‚ on the 1932 Phillies.
1927: Babe Ruth hits 2 home runs to tie his own record of 59 from 1921 in a 15-4 drubbing of Washington. The second of the roundtrippers is a 5th inning grand slam off Paul Hopkins‚ making his ML debut‚ and is the Babe’s 2nd slam in 2 games. He will match the feat on August 6th and 7th, 1929. Hopkins started the 5th inning and walked the bases loaded for the Babe.
1921: With New York in first place by 1 1/2 games over Cleveland‚ and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series‚ manager Miller
Huggins polls his players to find out whom they’d like to see start. The team elect to go with veteran Jack Quinn, but the spitballer
comes up dry, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Babe Ruth hits a 1st inning homer, adds an RBI double in
the 3rd and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays‚ who took over in the 5th‚ strikes out Steve O’Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5-4. The win increases New York’s lead to 2 1/2 games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147‚000 spectators.
1920: Babe Ruth hits home run no. 54 in Philadelphia, as the Yankees take the opening game of a season-closing doubleheader,7-2. The Babe’s total for the year is more than that of any other entire team with the exception of the Phillies. Even though he misses 12 games‚ he is responsible for 241 of his team’s 838 runs‚ with a modern record 158 runs scored‚ beating Ty Cobb’s 1911 record of 147.
1916: Red Sox starter Babe Ruth closes the season with his 23rd win‚ topping the Yankees 3-0. It is his 9th shutout and reduces his ERA to 1.75. In 324 IP he gave up no home runs. The 9 shutouts is a record for lefties that will be unmatched in the AL until Ron Guidry ties it in 1978.
1913: At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees finally end the Red Sox road jinx over them by sweeping the Beantowners 3-1 and 5-1, with Ray Keating getting the win the opener, and Ray Fisher coming out on top in the nightcap. It is the first loss in New York for Boston after an MLB record tying 18 straightxroad wins stretching back to 1911‚ including 5 wins this year. They had a 3-3 tie on May 24. They will get back on track tomorrow by sweeping the Yankees‚ 3-2 and 3-0.
1902: The visiting Boston Americans beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5. It is the final game for the latter franchise, which will soon move to NewxYork, opening next spring as the New York Highlanders. Snake Wiltse (below) takes the loss for the home team.
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1951: Allie Reynolds pitches his second no-hitter of the season‚ccdefeating the Red Sox at the Stadium 8-0 in the opener of a
doubleheader. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With 2 outs in the 9th‚ Ted Williams hits a foul pop that Yogi Berra drops. Williams
last out. The Big Chief is the first AL hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Johnny Van der Meer’s back-to-back pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the second game‚ the Yanks clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel, and the 18th in club history, as Vic Raschi wins 11-3 for his 21st victory. Mickey Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles
and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career, a three run shot. The Yankees are 3 1/2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with 2
1928: Babe Ruth powers his 53rd homer of the year and George Pipgras (below) goes the distance for an 11-6 win over the Tigers to clinch the AL pennant for the Yankees for the 6th time in franchise history. The A’s will finish 2 1/2 games out.
On other 28ths of September…
2006: Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.
2003: The Yankees win 3-1 over Baltimore as David Wells (15-7) goes 7 2/3 innings for his 200th career victory and last win as a Yankee. Acting manager Roger Clemens removes him in the 8th. Drew Henson bounces out a seeing-eye single for his first and only ML hit. He later scores. A day after the Patriots win the 2004 Superbowl behind Henson’s former Michigan teammate Tom Brady‚ he gives up baseball and $12 million for NFL football.
1996: Andy Pettitte and 4 relievers outlast the Red Sox 4-2‚ pinning the loss on Roger Clemens (10-13) in his last appearance in a Bostonuniform. Clemens strikes out 10 and allows homers to Mike Aldrete and Bernie Williams. The Sox are reluctant to grant the Rocket’s request for a 4-year contract.
1991: In a 5-4 loss to the Indians‚ Yankee manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th consecutive game, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss‚ while Eric Bell (3-0) wins in relief to set another record: most wins
without a loss on a team with 100 losses He will win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.
1962: At Chicago‚ the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox‚ 7-3‚ spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win.
1960: The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight‚ taking a 6-3 victory over the Senators. Mickey Mantle swats homers 39 and 40‚ off Chuck
Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Roger Maris. Since August 15th‚ the Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.
1956: In the opener of three games with visiting Boston‚ the Yanks top the Sox 7-2. Ted Williams is 0-for-3‚ and needs 6 ABs to qualify
for the batting title. Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4‚ but his one hit is a homer off Bob Poterfield. It is the Mick’s last homer – and last hit – of the season.
1955: The Yanks open the World Series at home, and beat the Dodgers 6-5; Whitey Ford gets the win, and Don Newcombe takes the loss for the Dodgers. In a controversial play with Frank Keller at bat‚ Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. A furious Yogi Berra disputes the call, but to no avail. Films later disclose that Robinson was in fact out, but also that
Berra ‘balked’ on the play‚ receiving Ford’s pitch before Kellert could swing at it.
1949: The Yankees take a 4-run lead over the A’s on homers by Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing (below), but the A’s come back to take a 5-4 lead in the 7th. New York score three runs in the last of the 7th‚ the go ahead on Phil Rizzuto’s squeeze bunt‚ and reliever Allie Reynolds holds on to beat Alex Kellner 7-5. Joe DiMaggio‚ down 18 pounds because of a recent bout with pneumonia, is sitting down today, giving up his post in center field to Delsing.
1933: In the Yankees’ 11-9 win over visiting Washington‚ Lou Gehrig plays the first three innings‚ then leaves to prepare for his weddingtomorrow. Babe Ruth takes over at first base.
1932: In the opening game of the World Series at the Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s home run leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.
1930: Babe Ruth returns to the scene of his youthful fame‚ the pitcher’s mound at Fenway‚ and hurls a 9-3 complete game win over the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig takes Ruth’s spot in left field, ending his streak of 885 consecutive games at first base‚ and is 3-for-5 to finish the year at .379. Al Simmons‚ who sits out the last game‚ leads the AL with a .381 mark. The third-place Yankees are the first team in history to score more than a 1‚000 runs in a season (1062). Next year they will set the all-time mark at 1‚067‚ but finish second.
1923: Three weeks after both pitchers have thrown no-hitters versus the A’s within 5 days of each other‚ Sam Jones of the Yankees and Howard Ehmke (20-17) of the Red Sox clash. It is not Ehmke’s day; he is routed after facing a AL record 16 batters in an 11-run 6th inning‚ as manager Frank Chance declines to relieve his ace in mid-inning. The Yankees rout the Red Sox 24-4 with 30 hits in 55 at bats‚ both AL records. Babe Ruth is 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 28th HR‚ Wally Schang adds 5 hits‚ and Gehrig 4 hits‚ including 3 doubles.
1911: Approximately 700 fans turn out at Hilltop Park to watch the Highlanders take on the Browns in one of the worst-played games in
American League history. The homesiders prevail over the tourists, 18-12. The teams accumulate 29 hits‚ 20 walks‚ and 12 errors
between them. New York score in each of 7 innings‚ steal a record 15 bases – 7 off catcher Jim Stephens in 2 innings‚ 8 off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree (below) lead the thieves with 4 steals each. Five Highlander runners are thrown out.
2009: Cody Ransom is Designated for Assignment.
2006: The Orioles down the Yankees 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to 1 hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1st inning single is the Bombers’ only safety.
2003: Derek Jeter goes long on Texas righty Colby Lewis’ first pitch of the game, and then homers for two more runs
with two out in the 2nd, with both shots going to right center. Roger Clemens goes 7 innings to earn the win, and Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi homer as well, as the Yankees roll 6-2.
1983: AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing
abuse of umpires. The Yankee manager is banished for 2 games for calling umpire
Dale Ford “a stone liar” after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble
1959: Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Bobby Shantz and Detroit’s Don Mossi by belting an 8th inning homer with one on. New York win at home‚ 3-0.
1956: Al Kaline again leads Detroit‚ socking a 3-run homer to give Detroit a 4-0
lead over New York. A Mickey Mantle homer in the 6th, his 37th‚ off the facade of
the right field roof at Briggs Stadium ties the game 5-5. With 2 errors by Tom Sturdivant in
the 7th‚ Detroit counter with 3 to win‚ 8-5. The stumbling Bombers have lost 6
straight. Mantle is now 11 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.
1954: In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 49‚483 in Cleveland‚ New York beat the front runners 5-2 behind Bob Grim. Mickey Mantle starts the scoring with a 4th inning solo shot off Early Wynn‚ then follows an 8th inning homer by Joe Collins by connecting on the next pitch with his 23rd homer of the year. Both are served up by Ray Narleski. Larry Doby’s 2-run homer off Johnny Sain in the 8th is his 24th round-tripper of the year‚ putting him back in the AL lead. New York trail the Indians by 1 1/2 games.
1937: Trailing 7-5 after seven innings‚ the Yanks unload 8 runs in the 8th to whip the White Sox 13-7. Monty Stratton leaves in the 5th with a sore arm, handing a 3-run lead to Clint Brown. Jake Powell is carried off the field on a stretcher after being beaned in the 4th inning. Lou Gehrig’s 3-run homer is the key blow in the 8th inning rally.
1935: In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack‚ and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics‚ and AL
President Will Harridge fines managers Joe Cronin and Joe McCarthy $100 each. The
Yanks win‚ 10-2.
1934: While Tony Lazzeri, Myril Hoag and Ben Chapman stand watching‚ a fly ball by Jimmie Foxx drops for a double‚ the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A’s.
1923: Against the Browns‚ Babe Ruth tries batting right-handed. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th home runs off Ray Kolp, relief pitcher Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and
again in the 13th. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel’s single wins the game 9-8.
1920: After losing 3 out of 4 in
Chicago‚ the Yanks drop their first game in Detroit‚ 7-1‚ to Howard
Ehmke. Babe Ruth supplies the only New York score with a shot in the 7th
that clears a wire
fence in front of the right field wall and bounces back. According to the Navin
Field ground rules, it’s a
1905: At Hilltop Park, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase makes a record 38 putouts in a doubleheader sweep versus the visiting Browns. The Highlanders win 3-1 and 6-5.
1904: The Highlanders beat Cleveland 5-0 to send the AL race into a
virtual three-way tie, with New York (.614) technically first over
Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611). Al Orth (below) gets the win for the New Yorkers.
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2010: With a first-inning 2-run blast off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum at the Stadium, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 7th player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs
in his career, and the youngest ever to reach the milestone. The Yankees go on to win 5-1.
2007: Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, a 3-run shot off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals. This makes A-Rod the youngest player ever to reach 500 homers. He is only the second Yankee to hit number 500 at home; Mickey Mantle (on May 14, 1967 against Stu Miller of the Orioles) was the other. The Bombers roll on to double up the Royals 16-8.
On other 4ths of August…
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s pinch hit grand slam is the big blow in New York’s 9-run 9th inning‚ as the Yankees
come from behind to defeat the A’s 10-5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. It is Straw’s 2nd pinch grand slam of the season‚ setting a new AL record‚ and tying the NL
mark held by his former manager Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also win the 1st game of the twinbill‚ 10-4.
1989: Hard-luck hurler Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when the Yankees’ Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ and Stieb finishes with a 2-1
two-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2
out in the 9th.
1985: Tom Seaver becomes the 17th 300-game winner in Major League history, pitching the White Sox to a 4-1, six-hit victory over the Yankees on Phil Rizzuto Day at the Stadium, as 54‚032 New Yorkers cheer him on.
1984: The Yankees win their 8th straight‚ 4-0‚ over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at the Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than two months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win‚ and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer
1983: While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the
Blue Jays game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium‚ Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game‚
Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges
of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being
released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
1978: Baltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the year‚ stopping the Yankees 2-1 at the Stadium. It will also be Guidry’s only loss at home this year. (Editor’s note: I was at this game.)
1973: In a remarkable relief performance‚ Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning. McDaniel comes out of the bullpen and goes 13 innings to earn himself and the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s home run is the game winner.
1972: Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also trots home twice on bases-loaded walks.
1963: After missing 61 games‚ Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning of the second game of a twinbill at the Stadium when the stiff-legged
Mantle golfs a line drive into the short porch in right to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees
win it‚ 11-10‚ after the visitors took the opener 7-2.
1962: Roger Clemens is born. Happy 48th to the Rocket!
1953: Vic Raschi sets the Major League record for RBI by a pitcher with 7‚ as the Yanks roll over
Detroit 15-0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd‚ doubles home 3 in the
3rd‚ and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the previous mark
of 6 RB. His record will stand in the AL‚ but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi’s mark. Raschi’s teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.
1937: Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game‚ connecting off the Browns’ Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as they edge St. Louis‚ 10-9.
Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive
games: Babe Ruth did it twice
1934: Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltzgaver (below)‚ the Yankees
beat the A’s‚ 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Lou Gehrig is
0-for-2‚ striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same
period‚ he has hit 11 homers.
1932: Bill Dickey returns to the Yankee lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand
slam and 3 singles‚ as New York beat Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit
another grand slam on the 10th of September.
1929: The Yankees take the opening game of two from the visiting Indians, winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the nitecap‚ after trailing 6-5 with 2 out
in the top of the 9th‚ Cleveland score an AL record-tying 9 runs to
1925: Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York win 4-1 behind Urban Shocker
1905: The Highlanders field a unique battery: Eustace ‘Doc’ Newton pitching and Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (below) catching‚ but only Powers has a medical degree. The Highlanders beat St. Louis‚ 7-3.
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1914: Yankee backup catcher Les Nunamaker establishes a unique record in the annals of Major League baseball.
In the 7th inning of a game against the Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit, the hosts are coasting along behind starter Harry Coveleski with a 4-0 lead. The Tigers threaten to pad their advantage when Yankee hurler Len ‘King’ Cole walks Hugh High (who is substituting for an injured Ty Cobb) on four straight pitches. On Cole’s next offering to batter Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, High takes off for the keystone cushion, and is gunned down by Nunamaker’s perfect strike to New York second baseman Luke Boone. Cole’s control problems continue, and he walks Crawford, who also takes off for second at the first opportunity, this time successfully. Bobby Veach then comes up for Detroit, and in the course of his at bat, the Yankee backstop notices that Crawford is taking a larger and larger lead off second. When he pegs a throw to second, Crawford is caught high and dry for the second out. Finally, Veach walks, and, himself no slouch on the basepaths, decides to attempt a theft as well. He races towards second, but meets the same fate as his teammate High. It is the first and only time in post-1900 MLB history that a catcher has thrown out three runners in one inning. It is also the only inning ever recorded in a Major League contest in which the side was retired without a single batted ball having been put into play. Nunamaker’s feat is
erroneously listed in many record books as having occurred in the 2nd inning; also‚ he is listed as throwing out three runners in the frame when in fact he only threw out 2, and picked off 1.
The Tigers ultimately prevail 4-1, the Yankees’ lone score coming on a double steal with Nunamaker on the front end and Fritz Maisel behind him. Harry Heilmann, normally an outfielder, plays second base for the Tigers, replacing Marty Cavanagh‚ who ‘played like a clown’ yesterday according to Bengal manager Hughie Jennings.
On other 3rds of August…
2003: At Oakland, Miguel Tejada of the A’s reaches Mariano Rivera for a three-run, one-out walkoff home run in the 9th ninth to beat the Yanks 3-1, denying Andy Pettitte a win and giving the victory to Mark Mulder.
2001: Andy Pettitte and Jarrod Washburn of the Angels do battle in the Bronx, each allowing four hits and no runs through six. David Eckstein plates two with a two-base hit in the seventh, but the Yankee reply of a Bernie Williams RBI double and home runs by Tino Martinez and Alfonso Soriano trumps the Angels rally. The Bombers win the game 4-2 and Williams’s eighth-inning, two-out, bases-loaded diving catch of an Izzy Molina line drive saves the day
1998: Leading off for the Yankees‚ Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist (below)‚ and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland pitcher for 15 more hits‚ including 4 homers‚ in 5 innings. New York win‚ 14-1‚ scoring all 14 earned runs off the starter – it is the most runs allowed by a pitcher in one game since the Brewers’ Bill Travers in August 1977. Orlando Hernandez picks up the win.
1986: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees set a Major League record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks‚ a HBP‚ and 6 hits including 2 homers to rack up the score. New York win 10-6 behind the pitching of Al Holland, Rod Scurry and Brian Fisher.
1982: The White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks at the Stadium 1-0 and 14-2‚ prompting George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees’ third field boss this season.
1979: The day after the death of Thurman Munson, before the start of the Yankees’ four-game series with Orioles at the Stadium, the team pay tribute to their deceased captain in a pre-game ceremony in which the starters stand at their defensive positions, save for the catcher’s box, which remains empty. Following a prayer by Cardinal Terence Cooke, a moment of silence and a performance of America the Beautiful by Robert Merrill, the fans (announced attendance 51,151) burst into an eight minute standing ovation. Jerry Narron, the man who will replace Munson behind the plate that night, remains in the dugout and does not take the field until Bob Sheppard announces: “And now it is time to play ball. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for your co-operation.”.
The game that follows is a tense pitching duel between Baltimore ace Scott McGregor and recent Yankee acquisition Luis Tiant. The Orioles win, 1-0.
1978: Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night‚ and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win‚ 7-5‚ on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice. Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York‚ 8-1 in a rain-shortened game. Jim Rice‚ with only one homer in his last 33 games‚ hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie. Fred Lynn belts a 3-run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the facade in left. Boston now lead Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2.
1967: The Yankees ship veteran catcher Elston Howard to the Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Pete Magrini and Ron Klimkowski, and cash. Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. In a codicil to the deal‚ the Sox will sell catcher Bob Tilman to the Yanks on August 8th.
1956: In a 10-4 loss to Detroit‚ Whitey Ford is struck on the pitching hand by a 1st-inning line drive off the bat of Ray Boone. The Chairman of the Board will be sidelined until the 15th. The Yankees also lose Bob Cerv after he crashes into the wall chasing Frank Bolling’s double.
1941: Browns’ knuckleballer Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop the Yankee Clipper’s streak of 74 games in a row reaching base. DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon‚ as the first place Yanks lose two to the Browns‚ 6-2 and 5-0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2 hits in the game 2 whitewash.
1937: Even though it’s a Tuesday, almost 67,000 fans find the time to throng the Stadium for a doubleheader with the White Sox. The Yanks sweep, 7-2 and 5-3. In the latter contest, Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,900th consecutive game.
1933: The Yankees are shut out 7-0 by the A’s and Lefty Grove (below) for their first scoreless game since August 2‚ 1931. In the 8th
inning‚ Grove loads the bases with one out‚ then strikes out Babe Ruth and gets Lou Gehrig to fly out. The New Yorkers had tallied in 308 games in a row‚ during which they scored 1‚986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1‚434 for the opposition‚ which New York hurlers blanked 22
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks split a mid-week twinbill with the Tigers, losing 6-5 and then winning 8-6. Lou Gehrig goes long in each game, and now leads Babe Ruth for the league home run lead, 37 to 34. The Bambino will hit his his 35th in two days’ time.
1914: Contracts are let to dismantle Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders’ former home, between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue from 165th to 168th Streets. The park has not been used for baseball for two years. A street will be cut through the property.
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1979: Yankee captain Thurman Munson dies at the age of 32. He was killed in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51‚151 will attend the memorial tribute at the Stadium tomorrow.
On other 2nds of August…
2002: Andy Pettitte pitches a gem against the Angels, going 8 1/3 innings and giving up only 4 hits. The last two come in the 9th, and Joe Torre summons Ramiro Mendoza to get the final two outs in the 4-0 shutout.
1999: Facing off against David Wells, who is going into action against his previous year’s teammate after being swapped to Toronto for Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte is on top form, surrendering only one run to the Blue Jays before handing the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Derek Jeter’s 8th inning homer with Joe Girardi aboard unknots the tie, and the Yankees win 3-1.
Off the field, Bud Selig announces that Darryl Strawberry’s reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th
1990. Yankee rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th homer in just 77 at bats‚ the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. The Yanks lose to Detroit 6-5 in 11 innings, however.
1985: In the 7th inning of a game with the White Sox, with the score tied at three and no one out, Rickey Henderson singles with two on. As the throw from the outfield comes in, Yankee shortstop Bobby Meacham crashes into Carlton Fisk at home plate, but the Chisox catcher holds onto the ball for the first out. Meacham’s teammate, third baseman Dale Berra, seeing that Fisk is shaken, keeps coming, but the Sox catcher rights himself. When the dust clears, he has managed to tag both members of the left side of the Yankee infield out on the same play. When following batter Don Mattingly flies out to center, the Yanks will have turned two singles and a Chicago error into a scoreless inning
1978: The Yankees jump out to a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston come back to tie it after starter Dick Tidrow and Goose Gossage between them uncork 3 wild pitches‚ issue two bases-loaded walks‚ and give up a series of bloop hits. The game is still tied after 14 innings when play is suspended because of curfew regulations.
1975: The soap opera begins: Billy Martin arrives in New York for his first tour of duty as Yankee manager‚ replacing Bill Virdon, named by The Sporting News as last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.
1961: In the second game of a doubleheader, New York beat Kansas City 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Roger Maris are now even at 40 homers each. The Yankees had already prevailed in the opener 6-5.
1957; At the Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi takes a no hitter into the 7th inning before Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit
one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.
1956:The Indians’ Herb Score shuts out the Yankees 4-0 for the Tribe’s 7th shut out in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets Cleveland on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Preston Ward and Rocky Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo blasts as the only scoring in a shutout win set a Major League record.
1943: Yankee minor league prospect Larry Berra (the ‘Yogi’ will come later)‚ playing for Norfolk‚ has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the 18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13 RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits‚ 23 RBI‚ with 3 homers‚ two triples‚ and a double. For his other 109 games‚ Berra has just 4 homers and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.
1941: Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win‚ 2-0. It is the Yankees’ 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits‚ including a double to Joe DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.
1936: In Cleveland‚ the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65‚000 fans to watch the Yankees
and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4-4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being
struck in the face with a Monte Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Lou Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests
including one for pitching accuracy‚ won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.
1931: The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40‚000‚ played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston pitcher Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1‚ and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.
1928: In St. Louis‚ the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners‚ 4-3. Tired starter Herb Pennock (below) gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart‚ who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the sputtering Yanks only 4 1/2 games ahead of the A’s – they had a 12-game lead on July 4th
1919: In New York‚ the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings‚ 14-8. Harry Heilmann (below) hits his second homer of the day, a grand slam, to provide the big blow in ther extra frame – the shot comes after an intentional walk to Bobby Veach. The two had hit
homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles
and Ty Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits‚ including a home run‚ and 4 RBIs.
2009: Just hours before the trading deadline, Jerry Hairston Jr. is acquired from the Reds for minor league prospect Chase Weems; Shelley Duncan is optioned to AAA to make room for the new arrival.
2007: Andy Pettite holds the White Sox to 1 run on 6 scattered hits, and the bullpen keep a lid on things following his departure after 7 innings of work. With the win, the Baton Rouge, LA native draws his record even at 7-7.
2006: In action against the Blue Jays on a stiflingly hot day, Bernie Williams strokes a 3-run double off Toronto’s A.J. Burnett in the 4th of a 5-1 win. It is his 442nd career two-bagger, which ties him with Don Mattingly for second all-time on the Yankee list. Because of the heatwave, many of the Yankee Stadium scoreboard’s features not are not working in keeping with New York’s stretched power grid
1997: A 5-run 4th and a 3-run 6th are more than enough to propel the Yanks and Andy Pettitte to an 8-3 victory over Minnesota at the Stadium. Pettitte gives up 13 hits, but still goes 8 2/3 innings, needing help from reliever Jim Mecir only to get the final out.
1995: It’s a no-decision for Andy Pettitte, as he yields after 5 innings to rookie Mariano Rivera, a new member of the middle relief corps. Rivera, who is the pitcher of record when the Yanks pull ahead to stay with a 3-run 7th , goes to 4-2 on the year.
1993: Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has chosen to be depicted on his plaque in a Yankees cap.
1979: Thurman Munson plays his last game, a 9-1 win over the White Sox at Chicago. Munson, who has been plagued by knee troubles, is playing first base, but leaves the game in 3rd after striking out in his only turn at bat. Following the contest, some of his teammates create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the Yankee bus outside Comiskey Park.
1973: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry flares up again, as Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th‚ Munson‚ attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk, and both come up swinging. Boston win 3-2 in the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind the Orioles.
1968: Against the Red Sox‚ Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters‚ the most ever by a Yankee rookie‚ in posting his first Major League shutout‚ 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until ‘El Duque’ Hernandez fans 13. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh‚ a steal‚ and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off Boston’s Dave Morehead.
1941: Lefty Gomez blanks the St. Louis Browns 9-0 despite walking 11 batters‚ the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A Major League record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded‚ matching a mark established twice before in shut outs (May 22‚ 1913; July 29‚ 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24‚ 1994‚ will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year‚ with 1334 left on base. Tommy Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits‚ including 2 homers. For Gomez‚ it is his 8th straight win.
1937: Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the second time in his career, as the Yankees win 14-5. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year‚ and his 3rd in three days.
1932: With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit‚ the Yanks’ normal fifth batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and‚ sensing something amiss‚ asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy (below) says its a mistake‚ Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles‚ Detroit skipper Bucky Harris rushes out to protest‚ but Nallin overrules him. New York win 6-3‚ but the Detroit protest will be upheld by AL president Will Harridge , and the game replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included‚ but the game will not beclisted in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Some reference works erroneously list this game as having being played on August 19th).
1928: In a Yankee 12-1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits home run No. 42 in the 1st‚ off Alvin ‘General’ Crowder‚ and goes 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel,also belts a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson (below) scatters 7 hits and goes an unprecedented 5-for-5 at the plate.
1925: The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn thenickname ‘Poosh-em-up’ from his legion of Italian admirers.
1905: Cleveland’s sidearm-firing Earl Moore is hit on the foot by a line drive and limps to a 3-2 loss to the Highlanders in New York. He will hobble to a 2-8 record the rest of the season‚ finishing at 15-15 and win just 9 games in the following three seasons. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland ‘loans’ catcher Nig Clarke to Detroit. He’ll be returned to Cleveland on August 11. He is the third catcher this year to be sold‚ then returned to his original team.
1903: Rube Waddell (below) no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who collects 4 singles. These‚ plus a lavish 6 walks‚ take the Philadelphia hurler down to a 3-2 defeat, with the win going to Jack Chesbro. The eccentric A’s ace observes afterward: “If I’d walked him 4 times‚ I would have pitched a no-hitter.”
2008: Andy Pettitte survives a 6-run 3rd at the Stadium, but has to hand the ball over in the 5th, and will absorb his 8th loss of the year as the visiting Angels double up the Yanks 12-6.
2005: For the second day in a row‚ the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels, this time by 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck, making his first Major League start‚ allows one run in 6 innings‚ while Benji and Jose Molina each homer off Randy Johnson to give the Halos a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10th before the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the
month‚ tying him with Mickey Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina
homers are just the 21st time a pair of brothers have homered for the
same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi
brothers on August 11‚ 2001.
2003: The Reds ship third baseman Aaron Boone to the Yankees in exchange for Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash. They also send pitcher Gabe White to New York for a player to be named later. The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million‚ but Bud Selig vetoed
the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit‚ forcing the teams to
make it 2 transactions.
1999: The Yankees bring back catcher Jim Leyritz from the Padres for pitcher Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A‚ including a
run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously‚ Padua will lose 14 straight in
the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May‚ 2001‚
after making a relief appearance in which he serves up 3 straight homers
1996: At the trading deadline‚ Detroit swap first baseman-DH Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Matt Drews. The Yanks also obtain pitcher David Weathers from the Marlins for pitcher Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
1994: After years of disappointment, Phil Rizzuto is finally inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joining the scooter on the podium are Steve Carlton and Leo Durocher (who began his playing career as a Yankee.)
1978: The Yankees top Texas 6-1‚ to move to 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Mickey Rivers sets the tone by hitting a leadoff home run on the first pitch he sees.
1977: Greg Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 win over the
A’s‚ the 8th win in their last 9 games for New York. The Yankees are a 1/2 game
out of first.
1963: Ralph Terry tosses a complete-game five-hitter in just 75 pitches, as the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s 3-2. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.
1962: At D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a knee injury‚ but
Moose Skowron picks up the slack with a grand slam. The Yankees win 9-5.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by third baseman Hector Lopez (who normally plays in the outfield) to top New York 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yanks bounce back to take the nitceap 6-0.
1955: In the opener of today’s twinbill, Don Larsen wins 5-2‚ as the Yanks and Athletics combine for 9 double plays, with the
New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990)‚ and the
12 for both games‚ also matches the AL mark. Cloyd Boyer‚ who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for home runs – by Hank Bauer‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Yogi Berra – takes the loss. The A’s take the second contest 7-1.
1951: The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes (below) from the Yankees‚ sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes’ No.7 uniform. (Mapes, incidentally, was also the last Yankee to wear Babe Ruth’s old No.3 before it was retired.)
1938: After New York win the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by a score of 5-1 behind Monte Pearson‚ Spud Chandler pitches a complete-game 15-inning win in the nitecap as the visiting Yankees top the South Siders 7-3.
In a postgame radio interview with Bob
Elson‚ Yankee outfielder Jake Powell (below) will make headlines with remarks
about ‘knocking n*gg*rs on the head and throwing them in jail’ as part
of his off-season duties
as a policeman in Dayton, Ohio. For the statements‚ Judge Landis
suspends Powell for 10
days. According to baseball historians, Powell, after his suspension is up, will go to Harlem and work his way downtown,
stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his comments.
1937: The Yankees purchase the minor league Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling‚
who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert
will change the name of the club’s home venue from Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium‚ and
reinstitute segregated seating‚ which Kling had abolished.
1936: Led by Lou Gehrig,
who clouts his 33rd homer‚ the Yankees down the Indians‚ 11-7‚ at
League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak‚ and leaves
the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe connect for homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder‚ but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Bump Hadley‚ with relief help from Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the year.
1930; Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam‚ off Boston’s Ed Durham‚ to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest win over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now hit 5 salamis in as many weeks.
1929: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 feet in an unofficial test‚ beating all trial
competition records. The old mark was held by Ed Walsh‚ who hit a ball
419 feet 6 inches in 1911. In the game today the Yanks crush the White Sox 16-2‚ as Lou Gehrig homers, and reaches base 5 times.
1926: At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth
breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the
right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win 2-1 behind Sad Sam Jones
for their 10th win in a row.
1922: Hank Bauer is born.
1919: AL president Ban Johnson Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for the Yankees
1918: The Yankees and Detroit split a pair‚ New York winning the opener 5-3
and Detroit‚ behind Ty Cobb’s double and triple‚ take the nitecap‚ 6-2.
Cobb‚ leading the AL in hitting‚ is 5-for-7 today.
2009: Andy Pettitte goes to the hill at Cellular Field, but will leave the game in the 6th with the score tied at 1-1. Phil Hughes will be saddled with the 3-2 loss when he gives up Dewayne Wise’s walkoff single in the 9th.
2006: The Yankees obtain All-Star outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospects – pitcher Matt Smith, shortstop C.J. Henry, catcher Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Carlos Monasteries.
2001: The Yankees reacquire pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending San Diego pitcher Brett Jodie and outfielder Darren Blakely. New York will pluck Jodie off the waiver list in January.
2000: Another strong start from Andy Pettitte, who leaves in the 6th with a 7-3 lead over the Twins, after scattering 7 hits. The bullpen make the margin stand up, as the Yanks finish with a 7-4 victory, and a 2 out of 3 series win at the Metrodome.
1999: The Yankees thump the Red Sox 13-3‚ as Chuck Knoblauch collects 5 hits‚ including a home run to lead off the game and a double, good for 4 RBI. Knoblauch’s leadoff blast is followed by a Derek Jeter homer.
1998: Another no decision for Andy Pettitte, as the drawling lefty departs after 7 with the game at Anaheim scoreless. Tino Martinez finally breaks the deadlock with a 2-run bases-loaded single in the 10th. A Chad Curtis sac fly will complete the scoring, and Mariano slams the door.
1997: David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals 7-0. Tino Martinez hits his 36th homer and Luis Sojo raps out 4 hits.
1996: At the Ballpark in Arlington, Andy Pettitte has one of the worst starts of his young career, as he is chased by a Ranger cannonade of 10 runs on 10 hits in only 2 2/3 innings. His replacement Jim Mecir gives up another 4, as the hosts roll to a 15-2 laugher.
1993: The Yankees obtain pitcher Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees pitcher John Habyan go to the Royals outfielder Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.
1990: In an unexpectedly harsh ruling‚ Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees
owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club’s general partner by
August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life.
The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner’s $40‚000 payment to confessed
gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee
star Dave Winfield.
1986: Yankee backup catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the third time in 8 months‚ this time going to Chicago in a deal that brings outfielder-DH Ron Kittle, shortstop Wayne Tolleson and catcher Joel Skinner to the Bronx.
1977: Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the year‚ a 9-3 victory over the A’s. But it
will prove to be his final win of the year when he injures his shoulder
in the 7th inning and leaves the game.
1966: The Yanks go down meekly to Chicago’s Gary Peters, who takes only 75 pitches to subdue the Bombers 6-0‚ facing just 29 batters.
1956: Facing Bob Lemon, Mickey Mantle socks his first grand slam of the year‚ and drives in 6 runs‚ to lead New York to a 13-6 drubbing of the Indians at Cleveland. Mantle follows by hitting his only career homer off Bob Feller, who has come on in relief. The Yankees now lead the AL by ten games.
1955: The Orioles get pitcher Ed Lopat from the Yankees for pitcher Jim McDonald and cash. New York waive the veteran to make room for Don Larsen.
1951: In action against Detroit at the Stadium, Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep center and, thinking it’s the 3rd out‚ begins trotting in. It’s only the second out‚ however, and George Kell scores from second to make the score 4-2 in the 8th. Despite the lapse‚ the
Yanks win‚ 5-4‚ with DiMag redeeming himself by delivering the walkoff base hit in the 9th.
1936: The Yankees, with Jake Powell (below) back in center for the sidelined Myril Hoag‚ drop a 5-4 decision to Detroit. On
August 1st‚ Powell will go to left‚ with Joe DiMaggio playing center for the first
time. George Selkirk will return to right. The Yanks lose today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks trim the Indians twice‚ 7-3 and 5-0. Lou Gehrig has a pair of home runs to edge in front of Babe Ruth for the AL lead in round-trippers by 1. One is Lou’s
second bounce homer of his career (a fair ball that bounced into the stands was a HR in the AL until 1929, until 1930 in the NL – Gehrig had 2 career bounce homers, while Ruth never hit one.) Dutch Ruether wins the opener and adds a home
run‚ Waite Hoyt wins his 14th in the nitecap.
1920: Behind Carl Mays, the Yankees roll to a 21-hit‚ 19-3 laugher against the host Browns. George Sisler homers for the Browns’ lone bright spot‚ but Babe Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th that clears the right field bleachers. Bob Meusel follows with a homer‚ his second in two days.
1919: The White Sox and the Yankees, tied for first place, split a pair of 10-inning games – The Yanks take the first 6-5 on a squeeze bunt. Yankee outfielder Ping Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game two ties the match at 3 runs
apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.
1890: Casey Stengel is born.
2007: Former Yankee outfielder Bill Robinson dies at the age of 64. A quality hitter unappreciated during his three seasons in New York (partly because fans were hoping his arrival on the scene before the 1967 campaign would cushion the blow of the impending retirement of Mickey Mantle, and also because the Bombers had sent fan favourite Clete Boyer to Atlanta for him), Robinson would go on to a distinguished career in the NL, principally with the Pirates.
2006: At the Stadium, the Devil Rays sting the Yankees 19-6. Tomas Perez ties a Major League record with 4 doubles as he goes 5-for-5. New York starter Randy Johnson is chased in the third inning and takes the loss. Tampa Bay will win just 2 more road games this year.
2003: Andy Pettitte puts in a quality start in Anaheim, yielding 2 runs on 9 scattered hits over 8 innings of work, before relinquishing the ball to Antonio Osuno for the close. The Yanks pepper Halos starter Kevin Appier for 5 hits in the 1st and push across 4 runs on their way to the 6-2 victory.
2001: Andy Pettitte goes 6 solid innings before yielding to the bullpen. Alfonso Soriano, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada homer as the Bombers roll to a 9-3 win over Toronto at the SkyDome.
1997: The Yankees ship Mariano Duncan to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash and minor league prospect Angel Ramirez.
1991: During a game at the Stadium‚ Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly Yankee fans. Included among the items are an inflatable sex doll‚ a transistor radio‚ and a head of cabbage. Oakland escape with a 10-8 victory‚ and Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.
1978: At the Stadium, the Yankees pummel the Twins 7-3 before 46,711 fans on hand for Oldtimers Day. PA announcer Bob Sheppard tells the crowd that Bob Lemon will be the manager through 1979, then become General Manager.”…and…,” Sheppard intones, “…the manager in 1980 and hopefully for many seasons to come after that will be number one. . . Billy Martin ” As it happens, it won’t take that long. Martin will again take the helm of the Yankees during the 1979 season only to get fired again.
1969: The string of 33 scoreless innings compiled by Yankee reliever Jack Aker comes to an end as the A’s rally for 3 runs to top the Bombers 6-5. A’s starter Vida Blue is credited with his first MLB victory.
1966: The Yankees edge the White Sox‚ 2-1‚ on Mickey Mantle’s 14th homer in 24 games. The Mick moves ahead of Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the all-time homer list with the blast.
1959: Dave LaPoint, who compiled a 13-19 record as a left-handed spot starter for the Yankees from 1988 through 1990, is born. Happy 52nd, Dave!
1952: In Chicago‚ the first place Yankees‚ having lost 6 of their last 7 games‚ look like they’ll drop another as the White Sox build a 7-0 lead through 6 innings behind Billy Pierce. New York score 3 in the 7th to cut the lead‚ then score 3 in the 9th off Harry Dorish.
Dorish loads the bases for Mantle‚ who takes him downtown with his 2nd grand slam in three days. Allie Reynolds then shuts down the Sox to give New York a 10-6 win.
1951: Before a Stadium crowd of 70‚972‚ the Yankees sweep the White Sox‚ 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener‚ and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nitecap. With yesterday’s game rained out‚ the Sox are now 6 1/2 lengths out of first place.
1930: Babe Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk‚ but Lou Gehrig supplies the heavy artillery in New York’s 12-3 win over the host A’s. After Ruth opens the 4th with a single‚ Gehrig hits his 30th homer to left-center field. In the 5th‚ Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the right field wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Hank Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig’s hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390‚ as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.
1929: The lively ball is threatening the popularity of the National pastime in the opinion of the majority of major and minor league baseball managersxand officials polled by the United News (as noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette). Ten major league managers favor a return to the dead ball‚ four like the present ball‚ one doesn’t care what kind of ball is used‚ and another failed to express an opinion. John P. McGraw and Wilbert Robinson are the leaders of the group who would return to the dead ball. Yankee skipper Miller Huggins steadfastly sticks by the lively ball‚ but admits it might aid the game to help the pitcher. “We’ve got to play this game the ways the fans
want it played‚” Huggins said. “They build the stadiums and they pay the Ruths and Gehrigs. And they like the home runs. “
President E.B. Barnard of the American League thinks the lively ball is being exaggerated as a menace to baseball‚ while President John Heydler of the National League maintains that there is no difference in the baseballs used in the senior circuit during the past 10 years
1928: The Indians score 8 in the first and 9 in the 2nd in a 24-6 romp over the Yankees at Cleveland. Eventual loser George Pipgras makes a quick exit, allowing 5 hits and getting no outs in the first. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the first AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game when he strokes a pair of singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings. Hodapp and Joe Sewell each have 5 of the Tribe’s 27 hits as Joe Shaute coasts home with the win. The 24 runs is the most ever scored against the Yankees in a single contest. The sputtering Yanks have seen their lead over the A’s shrink from 11 1/2 games to 6 in one week.
1919: In defiance of Ban Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing‚ Boston owner Harry Frazee (below) trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw, Allan Russell, an unnamed third player to be chosen‚ and a reported $20‚000 cash (The New York Times gives a figure of $40‚000).
1916: Pitching for the 7th place Browns, Dave Davenport (shown below with other members of the Browns – Davenport is in the back row, third from the right) throws two complete game wins over the first place Yankees‚ besting Ray Caldwell and Reb Russell 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. This singular effort will never again be matched against the Yankees‚ though Boston’s Don McMahon will get credit for beating them twice in one day in relief in 1966. The Red Sox‚ losers of two to the
Tigers today‚ remain in second place, a 1/2 game behind the New Yorkers.
1903: Cy Young (below) goes the distance for Boston in a 15-14 loss to the Highlanders. New York had been shut out in their two previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle‚ but Cy gets little defense as Boston make 8 errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th for Harry Howell‚ while Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts 2 hours and 10 minutes.