7/29 in Yankee History
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.