7/20 in Yankee History
2001: In action at Detroit, Andy Pettite is somewhat less than dandy, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits before giving way to the bullpen in the 4th. The Tigers go on to an 11-2 victory.
1990: By coming in for the save in a 2-1 victory over the Twins, Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as Yankee, breaking Whitey Ford’s record for mound appearances for the club.
1987: Texas hand the Yankees one of their worst defeats in franchise history, with a 20-3 thrashing. Steve Buechle has 2 homers to pace the offense. In the 9th inning‚
catcher New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks one but allows no runs. The only good news for the Bombers is that Don Mattingly sets an MLB record by getting an extra-base hit in his 10th straight game.
1979: Al Rosen resigns as Yankee club president after a year and a half on the job. The one-time Indian star’s tenure had been marred by continual disagreements with Billy Martin and George
1975: The shape of things to come… Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are
nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit.
Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose‚ 2-1.
1962: John W. Cox‚ owner and CEO of the General Packaging Company (who are the landlords of Yankee Stadium), donates the facility ‘lock‚ stock and barrel’
to Rice University‚ his alma mater. Cox has owned the Stadium since
1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the
Stadium‚ while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice
will relinquish ownership in 1971‚ when the city of New York will
acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university
$2.5 million as compensation
1961: Baseball commissioner Ford Frick‚
an old friend of Basbe Ruth’s, announces that should Ruth’s record be
beaten after 154
games‚ the record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling‚
Roger Maris replies‚ “A season is a season.”
1960: The Yankees outslug the Indians 13-11‚ behind the bat of Moose Skowron, Moose follows a Yogi Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the
8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11-8
lead. Skowron then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Roger Maris
hits his 30th HR and Jimmy Piersall homers for the Tribe.
1959: Before 57‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting
White Sox‚ winning the nitecap 6-4 on Mantle’s homer off Turk Lowin. In game 1‚ Yankee veteran Enos Slaughter (below) belts a pair of homers: at age 43‚ he is the oldest
player this century to go long twice in one game. Carlton Fisk will top Slaughter in 1991.
1958: The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month‚ against the Athletics‚
but New York lose 6-4.
1950: In the first game of a doubleheader, Ed Lopat tosses a 2-hitter as the Yankees romp to a 16-1 win. The nitecap will be a closer affair, but New York still complete the sweep, winning 4-3.
Off the field, the Yankees sign their first black players, Elston Howard (shown below) and Frank Barnes. Obtained from the Kansas City
Monarchs, both will be assigned to Muskegon of the Central League.
1940: The Yankee drive to salvage their season after a very slow start continues, as they roll over Cleveland 15-6. With Bill Dickey taking the day off, backup catcher Warren ‘Buddy’ Rosar hits for the cycle and Babe Dahlgren homers twice to lead the New York attack. Lefty Gomez and Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy combine for the win.
1937: Pitcher Johnny Broaca is fined $250 and suspended indefinitely by the Yankees for
jumping the club. On the 13th‚ the Yanks had announced that Broaca had a torn
ligament in the socket of his right arm. The Yanks will recall Spud Chandler to take Broaca’s spot.
1928: Babe Ruth leads the way again‚ with a pair of 2-run homers‚ to give the Yankees a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Al Thomas takes the loss‚ his 13th consecutive to New York in
as many games over the past 2 seasons.
1904: Mark Koenig, the longest surviving member of the Murderers’ Row starting eight, is born.
1896: Bob Meusel, starting left fielder for the Murderers’ Row club in 1927, and the first Yankee to hit for the cycle twice, is born .