The red-letter days -
1999: Don Larsen throws out the first pitch, with Yogi Berra as his catcher, in a ceremony prior to New York’s game against Montreal. The Yankees then defeat the Expos‚ 6-0‚ as David Cone caps an emotional day by hurling a perfect game. Cone fans 10
batters in the course of his gem in the Bronx.
1987: Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game‚ tying the ML
record set by Dale Long in 1956‚ but the Yankees
lose to Texas 7-2. The streak will end tomorrow when Mattingly goes 2-for-4
but with no homers.
1923:Elmer Smith (shown below) turns the only unassisted double play by an outfielder in Yankee history. Patrolling right field in a game at Detroit, Smith snags a hit-and-run line
drive by Del Pratt and sprints to first to double off Harry Heilmann, who had been running. It is the third outfield UADP of Smith’s career, putting
him behind only Tris Speaker on the all-time list. He’ll add a 4th in 1925 when
playing for the Reds.
On other 18ths of July…
2009: Justin Verlander of the Tigers goes up against CC
Sabathia at the Stadium. Both hurlers go seven, and A-Rod’s leadoff roundtripper in the home half of the seventh is just the third hit
that Verlander has given up. The Yanks reach him for another run on three more
hits. Sabathia gets the win and, after future Yankee Marcus Thames reached
Alfredo Aceves for a homer in the eighth, Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 save.
2005: At Americaquest Field‚ the Yankees edge the Rangers‚ 11-10‚ getting homers from Jorge Posada‚ Hideki Matsui and
Gary Sheffield. Texas is paced by Alfonso Soriano who has 4 hits‚ including his 23rd HR‚ and 4 RBI.
1995: The White Sox blast Yankee pitcher Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win
in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell raises a middle finger to the fans as he is booed walking off the field after being lifted for Joe Ausanio.
1961: Mickey Mantle powers two homers‚ off rookie Joe McLain‚ to pace New York to a
5-3 win over the Senators. In pre-game ceremonies‚ Mantle teamed with New York Congressman Ed
Dooley to win the homer-hitting contest against other
1960: The Yanks score 5 runs in the 3rd off Dick Stigman, and Whitey Ford coasts to a complete game 9-2 victory over the Indfians.
1956: Detroit sweep a doubleheader against the Yankees at the Stadium‚ winning 8-4 and 4-3. Kaline saves the nitecap game with
a leaping catch of a Mickey Mantle drive in the 9th inning. Mantle had homered
in the first game‚ off Paul Foytack.
1954: After winning 13 in a row‚ the Yankees
lose the second game of a doubleheader to Detroit 8-6. They now trail
Cleveland by a 1/2 game. After winning the opener‚ 6-0‚ behind Harry Byrd‚ the
were in first place.
1947: Fred Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8-0‚ stopping the Bombers’ record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a
pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers‚
now 10 1/2 lengths back.
1940: Joe Torre is born. Happy 71st to our former skipper
1937: In Cleveland‚ Joe DiMaggio breaks up a 1-1 duel between Red Ruffing and Bob Feller by connecting with a 9th inning 2-strike curve ball for a
grand slam‚ his second in two weeks. The homer is also his league-leading 24th of the campaign. Feller ends the game with 172 pitches
thrown‚ and takes his 4th straight loss. ‘Rapid Robert’ is pitching only on
Sundays to lure big crowds‚ but will soon join the rotation every 5th day.
1934: An AL-record 22 players hit safely in Cleveland’s 15-14 win over New
York. Babe Ruth is banged in the leg by a line drive hit by Lou Gehrig and will be out
for 10 days‚ the 2nd time an injury has sidelined him this season. The Indians score three in the 9th to edge Lefty Gomez.
1933: The Yankees win their 9th straight and take the lead from the Senators‚
beating the White Sox 5-4. Johnny Allen gets the win from the Bombers, with Wilcy Moore coming in to get the final out.
1928: Babe Ruth delivers his 36th homer‚ off Ted Lyons with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning to give New York a 9-8
win over the visiting White Sox. Bibb Falk had levelled the match with a 3-run homer off Waite Hoyt in the 8th.
The red-letter days -
1950: Whitey Ford wins his first Major League game‚ beating the visiting White Sox 4-3. Tom Ferrick closes for New York.
1947: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3-1 and 7-2 to extend their
winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that
of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29‚ in game 2 of a doubleheader with the Senators‚ when they were 3
1/2 games in front; they now lead by 11 1/2.
1941: In front of more than 60‚000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park‚ Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian
pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby‚ plus sensational plays by third baseman Ken Keltner‚ stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edge the Indians
4-3‚ for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.
On other 17ths of July…
2003: Andy Pettitte gets the start, and gives up 4 runs and 7 hits, including a home run to former Yankee Shane Spencer, in 7 innings of work before handing the ball over to Chris Hammond. An Alfonso
Soriano homer in the sixth pulls the Yanks even at 2, but reliever Hammond gives up up two in the seventh, before Derek
Jeter’s two-run blast in the eighth ties things yet again. Hideki
Matsui’s walk-off home run on the second pitch of
the home ninth gives Mariano and the Yankees the win, 5-4.
1996: The Red Sox take a 9-2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in
Boston. New York score 3 in the 7th‚ 2 in the 8th‚ and 4 in the 9th to
move ahead‚ 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their
last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Bo Jackson hits 3 straight homers, the third for career no. 100, then
separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the
bat of Yankee Deioin Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park homer run, but Kansas
City take home a 10-7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (shown below with his father) makes his ML debut‚ pitching an inning of relief against the Bronx Bombers.
1989: In a 7-3 loss to the White Sox, Yankee hurler Dave LaPoint gives up Carlton Fisk’s 2,000th career hit.
inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up‚ the Yanks lose in the 11th by a final score of 9-7‚ and Martin serves Jackson with a 5-day suspension
without pay. The Royals’ 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium leaves New York
in 4th place‚ 14 games behind the Red Sox.
of the leading Orioles.
Baltimore. The nitecap goes into the 5th when‚ with 2 outs and the Yanks
up 4-1‚ a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling
the game‚ thus washing out homers by Mantle and Roger Maris.
2-0 win. Wynn matched Terry by also allowing just two hits.
14th win – high in the majors. The Yanks will lose a pair tomorrow.
Allie Reynolds gets the win in relief.
since topped. New York roll‚ 9-4‚ dropping the Bengals to 4th place.Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.
1934:Babe Ruth draws his 2‚000th base on balls at Cleveland‚ off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of
2‚056. But the Indians jump on 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win 13-5.
Cleveland even though the hurler is having a disastrous outing. The Indians light up Mays for 20 hits in the 13-0 win behind George Uhle. Mays’ record over the campaign will be a decent 5-2 in 81 innings‚ but the
Yankees will sell him at the end of the season. Teammates Everett Scott and Wally Pipp protest the Indian scalping of Mays by exiting the dugout.
1920: The Yankees collect 21 hits‚ good for forty bases‚ to starch the White Sox 20-5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and collects a home run‚ a triple‚ and two
singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles‚ while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians
sweeping two from Boston‚ the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.
1903: Cleveland knock Jack Chesbro out of the box in the 6th to easily beat the host New
Yorkers‚ 11-4. Nap Lajoie‚ Elmer Flick have triples for Cleveland and Wid Conroy contributes one for the Highlanders. The Naps’ Bill Bradely
connects for a home run. The drive over the left field fence is ‘the longest hit made at
the new grounds’ according to the New York Herald. Harry Howell (shown below) pitches the last three
innings for the home team‚ holding Cleveland without a run.
The red-letter days:
2006: As the Yankees defeat the White Sox, Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save.
1941: Joe DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yankee pummel the Indians‚ 10-3. The Clipper’s hitting streak has now reached 56 games.
On other 16ths of July…
2007; The Yankees begin their drive to reclaim the ’07 season. Their 6-4 win over Toronto is Game One in the second of four
straight four-game series, all of which they will take by a
three-games-to-one margin. Early home runs from Hideki Matsui, Robbie
Cano, and A-Rod give them a 4-2 lead through three
innings, one that Kei Igawa squanders by
surrendering long balls to Troy Glaus and Alex Rios.Andy
Phillips’ subsequent 2-run double, however, will provide the margin of victory.
2005: The Yankees obtain Al Leiter from the Marlins for a player to be named. Leiter will pitch tomorrow night and win.
1987: Don Mattingly bangs two homers‚ one a second inning grand slam‚ to pace
the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games.
His 2nd inning grand slam‚ his 4th of the year‚ off Charlie Hough, followed a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagilarulo. Hough had 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball was too much
for little-used catcher Mike Stanley‚ who sets an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie then break the record next month with 6 passed
1967: At the Stadium‚ Baltimore outlast the Yankees to win 2-1 in 14 innings. New York manage just 4 hits‚ including a
solo homer by Mickey Mantle‚ off Bill Dillman.
1964: The advantage in New York’s see-saw battle for first with Baltimore tilts southward once again, as Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6-1 outing against the Yankees and Jim |Bouton.
1959: After beating the Indians yesterday‚ the Yanks sweep a doubleheader today to knock the Tribe out
of first. New York win the opener when Yogi Berra ties the game in the 9th
with a homer‚ and Mickey Mantle wins it‚ 7-5‚ in the 10th with a 2-run shot off
Gary Bell. Bobby Shantz wins the nitecap‚ 4-0. New York are now 5 1/2 games out of first.
1953: In the opening game of a doubleheader at St. Louis, Yankee starter Johnny Sain fails to get out of the first inning, as the first three Brownie batters – Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski and Jim Dyck – tie a Major League record by homering to start the game. The team’s 5 bases-empty homers in 3 innings
establishes a new mark. It’s enough to beat the visitors 8-6. The Yanks bounce back to win the nitecap 7-3 behind Whitey Ford.
1951: While in Detroit‚ the Yanks option struggling rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle‚ plagued with strikeouts – 3 on
the 13th – and in a slump‚ will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues‚
before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August
20th. Lefty hurler Art Schallock (shown below) takes the Mick’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7
hits in 2.3 innings in today’s 8-6 win.
1937: At Detroit‚ the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and
seven walks to trounce the Yankees‚ 14-7‚ ending New York’s win streak
of 10 games. Monte Pearson opens the floodgates by walking three on 15 pitches‚ fans Gee Walker‚ then walks Rudy York. His replacement Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another
walk force in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bat around in the 8th
to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca. Boots Poffenberger is the winning beneficiary of the Yankee wildness. New York end their
9-game win streak‚ but stay 6 1/2 ahead of Boston.
1920: Babe Ruth becomes the first player in
MLB history to hit 30 home runs in a season, though the Yankees lose to the Browns 3-2.
1907: Ed Walsh sets another Major League record for fielding chances for pitchers‚
handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning 3-2 White Sox win over the visiting Highlanders. His 12 assists (extra innings) will
be matched by Nick Altrock in 1908 and Leon Cadore in 1920.
2008: In its final year of existence, Yankee Stadium I plays host to the All Star Game. Derek Jeter goes 1 for 3 and A-Rod 0 for 2, while Mariano
Rivera gets five outs without giving up a run. The American
League finally wins the 15-inning affair 4-3 on a Michael Young sac fly, but the Yankee fans in the crowd have their most enjoyable
moment when Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon blows a
potential save in regulation.
2006: The Yankees put the hammer to the White Sox in the middle contest of a three-game series at the Stadium, administering a 14-3 drubbing to their guests. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams both double twice for three rbi’s apiece, and the Yanks drive Chicago leftyMark
Buehrle from the mound in the home fourth after battering him for
eight runs. Johnny Damon homers in the eighth, and Andy Phjillips (shown below) tacks on four runs on a two-run double and a two-run home
run in the game’s latter innings.
2001: The battle of 2 first place teams draws 59‚470 to Veterans Stadium
Yanks lose a sloppy game to the Phils‚ 9-3. In the 5th‚ Jimmy Rollins takes second on a passed ball, then swipes third for his 26th straight successful steal. Jorge Posada
has 3 passed balls and should have been charged with a 4th‚ while Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Posada will lead the majors in passed
balls this year with 18.
1997: Despite a sluggish performance‚ Hideki Irabu wins his second major league start‚ leading the Yankees over
Cleveland‚ 12-6. Irabu gives up five runs and nine hits in five innings‚
allowing homers to Tony Fernandez, Marquis Grissom and Matt Williams. Cecil Fiedler‚ the Yank’s 270-pound DH‚ tries to score from first on a
double and his head first slide results in a broken right thumb. Fielder
will miss eight weeks.
1990: The White Sox complete a 4-game sweep of the host Yankees with an 8-5 win. The Bombers have now lost 14 of their last 19 games, and are headed for the fourth last-place finish in franchise history under new manager Stump Merrill.
1968: The Yankees sign veteran Rocky Colavito, just released by the Dodgers.
Senators‚ 2-1. The winning run comes across when Clete Boyer is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th.
1964: Whitey Ford’s 2-0 win over the Orioles raises the Yankees to first place.
1958: ‘Yankee killer’ Frank Lary survives Mantle’s 8th homer of the month and Detroit drives by New York‚
12-5. Lary’s record this year against the Yanks is 5-0.
1952: The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores‚ Larry Doby goes to 3rd‚ and Luke Easter‚ in the only theft of his Major League career, goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs‚ including a tape
measure shot by Mantle to deep right center‚ but tops the Yankees 7-3.
1945: Detroit manager Steve O’Neill sends in pitcher Zeb Eaton to hit with the bases loaded in the 4th against the Yankees’ Hank Borowy. Eaton rewards his confidence with a pinch grand slam‚ but
the Yanks win 5-4 when rookie Walt Wilson walks a batter with the sacks full in the 6th.
1928: With Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig connecting for homers – their 34th and 19th of the year respectively - the Yankees defeat the Indians 6-4 in the nirtecap of a doubleheader. Herb Pennock shuts out the Tribe 3-0 in the opener.
1920: Babe Ruth ties his 1919 record of 29 home runs with a game-winner in the 11th off lefty Bill Burwell to beat the Browns 13-10. The Babe’s blast is the first AL walk off homer under the new
rules; Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Jake Daubert’s walk-off homer four
days earlier is the only other hit this season. Ruth scores three runs‚
while Del Pratt has hits in his first four at bats. Wally Pipp homers‚ but the Browns match it with home runs by George Sisler Ken Williams and Jim Tobin. Rip Collins is the winner in relief
over Allan Sothoron.
1918: New York reach Stan Coveleskie (shown below) for 3 runs in the 1st‚ but that’s
all the scoring they manage against the Yankee nemesis. Cleveland tie
the game in the 7th and Smoky Joe Wood’s homer in the 8th is the
clincher. Wood and Braggo Roth each have 4 hits for the Tribe. Umpire Brick Owens confiscates
a ball from Yank pitcher Joe Finneran‚ who had earlier been accused by George Moriarty of throwing a tallow ball‚ and will send the exhibit A to
Ban Johnson. Owens also throws out more than the ball when he tosses Bill Wambsganss in the first for arguing a called strike, and Steve
O’Neill in the 2nd for disagreeing on an out call. Cleveland now move
into 3rd place ahead of the Yankees.
1908: Jake Powell, star outfielder for the Yankees in the 1930s, is born.
1907: The White Sox beat the Highlanders 15-0 for the second time this season. In 1950, the Pale Hose will beat the New Yorkers by the same score again, establishing a three-way tie for the record of most runs scored against the Yankees in a shutout.
On the 14th of July over the years…
2006: The Yankees edge the White Sox 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2
seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40
years. Contreras’ last loss came August 15 of last season. longtime Yankee fan favourite Kyle Farnsworth (below), in relief of Randy Johnson, gets the win.
2002: Mariano Rivera shows one of his occasional flashes of mortality, surrendering a walkoff grand slam to Cleveland’s Bill Selby, as the Tribe rally for 6 runs in the 9th inning.
1988: Whitey Witt, starting center fielder on the Yankees’ first World Series championship club of 1923 (and pennant winner of 1922) dies at the age of 92.
1964: Baltimore’s Bob Johnson sets a Major league record by delivering his sixth straight pinch hit in a game against the Yankees, but the Bombers win anyway, 4-3.
1957: Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron of the Yanks hits an ML-record 2nd pinch-hit grand slam of
the season‚ off Jim Wilson of the White Sox‚ in the 2nd game of a
doubleheader. Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score 6 runs
to win 6-4. The White Sox take the first game 3-1.
1956: At the Stadium‚ New York edges the Indians in 10 innings in Cleveland‚ 5-4. Mickey Mantle deposits a Herb Score fastball in the Indians’ bullpen in the 3rd inning.
1939: The Yankees tie an AL record by registering only one assist, as Red Ruffing tames the Tigers 8-3.
1934: In Detroit‚ Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game string is extended by having him
lead off and listed in the lineup as shortstop. He singles and leaves
the game‚ and Red Rolfe pinch runs. But the Tigers win a swatfest‚ 12-11‚ to regain
the AL lead. The Tigers bang out an AL record 11 doubles (The 1905 A’s
had the record with 10) while the Yanks add 3‚ while Babe Ruth and Frank Crosetti
chip in with homers. Firpo Marberry beats Burleigh Grimes.
Off the field, an uncredited writer in today’s issue of the New York Times predicts that Babe Ruth’s record of 700 home runs will never be broken.(In 40 years’ time, Henry Aaron will beg to differ.)
1930: At Comiskey Park‚ the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the second game by Bob Shawkey‚ 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game‚ while Babe Ruth, nursing a sore hand‚ contributes a two run single in the
opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
1908: Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, Yankee bullpen star who amassed 104 saves for the club between 1932 and 1946, is born.
1874: Jesse Tannehill, who won 15 games for the NY Highlanders in their first year of existence (1903) is born.
The red-letter day (bordered in black) -
2010: Yankee owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80.
On other 13ths of July…
1985: In a pre-game ceremony at the Stadium, the Yankees retire the numbers 9 and 32, in honour of Roger Maris and Elston Howard respectively.
In the contest that follows, the Yanks beat Mike Mason and the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind Phil Niekro, with the save going to Dave Righetti.
1979: California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inningâ and each settle
for one-hit victories: 6-1 over New Yorkâ and 2-0 over Oaklandâ
respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko while Reggie Jackson has the one-out safety off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th
after Jim Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick
Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one
hitter in his last outing on July 8.
Off the field, Kei Igawa, who recently set the club record for wins at AAA Scranton, is born. Happy birthday to everyone favourite not ready for prime time pitcher!
1973: Bobby Murcer hits 3 home runsâ all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5-0 win over the
Royals.Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out.
1964: The Yankees belt 4 homers (Tom Tresh with 2, Clete Boyer and Mickey mantle 1 each) in Cleveland to top the Tribeâ 10-4.
1961: Chicago’s Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just two Yankees in the
first inning. Then Mickey Mantle (no. 30) and Roger Maris (no. 34) belt back-to-back
homers to send the vet to the showers. For Mantleâ it is the 13th homer
in his career off Wynnâ his favorite target. New York winâ 6-2
1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadiumâ Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11-1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg home run. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5â including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nitecapâ Mickey Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser for his 5th straight hit of the afternoonâ and the Yanks
1948: The Yanks’ Vic Raschi drives in the winning runs with a
bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the
AL again tops the NL, 5-2, in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, George Kell and Hal Newhouser all miss places in the lineup due to injuries.
1947: Making his 14th Major league uniform change, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will
help the Bombers
to the title. The next season, Newsom will go across the east River to join the Giants.
To make room for Newsomâ the Yanks sell pitcher Mel Queen to the Pirates.
1945: At Yankee Stadiumâ Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey launches three homers, the second a grand slamâ and a triple for a 15
total bases as the Indians go on a batting spree to roll 16-4. Seerey
hits his homers off starter Atley Donald, Monk Dubiel and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948â the
only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Jeff Heath
adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over
New York. The Yanks’ Donald is going in the other directionâ and this
will be his last career start. His charmed life against the Indians is over as
well; after going 13-1 against Clevelandâ he has lost to them twice in 10
1941: In Chicagoâ the Yankees sweep twoâ winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 inningsâ to
run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and
another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.
1934: Babe Ruth hits his 700th career home run, a two-run shot in the 3rd off Tommy
Bridgesâ to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As
he is circling the basesâ Ruth shouts to his teammatesâ “I want that
ball!” As with his 500th and 600th homerâ the Babe pays $20 to a
youngster for the sphere. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure
and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.
1927: Babe Ruth is 4-for-4 to lead New York to a 5-3 victory over the Indians. The Babe
comments after the game: “Three singles and a double, and they call that
a perfect day. That’s just bunting.” Willis Hudlin takes the lossâ the 8th in a row for the Tribe.
1905: The New York Highlanders ‘rent’ catcher Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (shown below) from the Philadelphia A’s. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7. Powers was needed to replace backup catcher Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will
catch tomorrow but play mainly at first, replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in a collision at home plate in the Detroit game. The New York Times(July 22) will note that New York needed Powers to replace Patsy Doughertyâ out with a finger injury.
The red-letter day -
1951: At Cleveland‚ Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland 1-0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season.Gene Woodling’s 7th inning home run off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1-0 game. It is the 3rd game in a row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson’s in 1938. New York take the nitecap as well behind Vic Raschi, as Joe DiMaggio clinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs
On other 12ths of July…
2008: Bobby Murcer dies after a long battle with cancer.
2000: The Yankees obtain pitcher Denny Neagle and outfielder Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for third baseman Drew Henson and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.
1989: Ron Guidry announces his retirement.
1987: The Yankees trade pitcher Bob Tewksbury and 2 minor league pitchers to the Cubs for Steve Trout‚ who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts.
1977: Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Brewers.
The win stops the Yanks’ losing streak at 3 games.
1962: The Senators send first baseman Dale Long (shown below during his tenure with the Pirates) to the Yankees for outfielder Don Lock. Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.
1959: NBC uses outfield TV cameras with 80-inch lenses to show the catchers’ signals during a Yankees-Red Sox game. Announcers Phil Rizzuto and Mel Allen (shown below) are invariably correct in calling the signals of Yogi Berra and Sammy White. Commissioner Ford Frick will request that they halt its use during future Game of the Week broadcasts. It doesn’t help New York, who have dropped their last 3 games to the host Red Sox. Boston win today 7-3.
1952: At the Stadium, the Browns’ bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of ‘Scrap Iron’ when he slides
hard into Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th inning‚ Courtney tries to knock over Yogi Berra in a play at home‚ and in the
8th he gets tagged in the face by Martin‚ again at second base. Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is
decked. Courtney is the only player ejected‚ but the AL hands out a record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail‚ 5-4‚ in 11
innings‚ as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.
1930: The visiting Yankees use a 6-run rally in the 8th inning to beat the White Sox‚ 11-6‚ and gain a split on the day. Chicago win the opener‚ 11-7. In the second game‚ the Sox score 4 in the 7th‚ but reliever Red Ruffing stops the attack. Leading off the 8th inning‚ Ruffing launches a homer into the right field stands to start a New York rally. Babe Ruth, just coming off a 3-day suspension‚ collects three singles in the two games. The New York Times reports that ‘during lulls in the activity‚ small children raced out into left field to shake hands with him‚ provoking the umpires’ displeasure.’ The hitting honours for the day belong to Chicago’s Carl Reynolds with seven hits‚ including two doubles and a homer. His three-run homer in the first game occurs when Harry Rice can’t hold his long fly ball‚ then overthrows third. Smead Jolley adds a homer and triple in the opener as Chicago unload ten runs in three innings to back Ted Lyons’ pitching.
1927: Babe Ruth breaks an 0-for-14 drought by banging his 30th homer of the year in the 9th. Babe is now a homer ahead of Lou Gehrig. Behind Urban Shocker’s shutout‚ the Yanks coast to a 7-0 win over the Indians.
1922: Hub Pruett fans babe Ruth 3 times as the Browns top New York‚ 7-4. Two bases-loaded singles in the 8th score 4 runs for the Browns. Tomorrow’s game will be rained out and the Yankees will win on the 14th to stay a half game back.
1921: In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth hits 2 homers including his 137th career HR‚ passing the record of 136 held by 19th-century star Roger Connor. He adds a double as the Yanks win‚ 6-4.
1912: In a 4-1 Yankee win over the Browns‚ New York pitcher Jack Warhop swipes home in the 3rd. It is Warhops’ 2nd steal of home in
1911: Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte‚ has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning‚ then piles on a sacrifice fly and a grand slam‚ to drive in 8 runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx knocks in 9 in a game in 1933. New York defeat the Browns‚ 12-2.
1905: Jack Doyle (shown below) makes what is possibly the least auspicious debut in Highlander/Yankee annals. A veteran signed the previous day to be a substitute on Hal Chase’s days off, the new first baseman makes two three-run errors that account for all the opposition scoring, as the Tigers beat New York 6-5. Doyle’s first game with the denizens of Hilltop Park will also be his last, both with the club and in the Majors.
2010: Bob Sheppard, former public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, dies at the age of 99.
Bob Sheppard became the announcer for the New York Yankees in 1951, and over the decades became as much a part of the Yankee Stadium experience as the Number 4 train rattling past the right field bleachers. Mr. Sheppard never missed an Opening Day until 2006, when illness kept him out of the announcer’s box. In late March 2009, with their home opener in the new Yankee Stadium approaching, the team announced that Mr. Sheppard had bronchitis and that substitutes would handle two exhibition games scheduled for April 4 and 5.
In March 2008, George Vecsey described Mr. Sheppard and his impact on the game:
Robert Leo Sheppard has been a highlight of any trip to the big ballyard in the Bronx since opening day, April 17, 1951, when he
announced the name of Joe DiMaggio right after the youngster playing right field, Mickey Mantle. Roger or Reggie or Bernie might not hit a home run on any given day, but Sheppard would deliver the starting lineups, in a voice that would make everybody else in the joint sound like we were Archie or Edith Bunker speaking some other language.
It is a voice that makes rowdies stop in their tracks. He made an impromptu appeal to common sense to quiet a restive Yankee crowd back in the ’70s, and on Wednesday he recalled another spontaneous announcement at a Giants football game in Yankee Stadium in the late ’50s when inebriated fans wandered onto the field with four or five minutes left in the game.
“Jack Mara ran up to me and said, ‘Make them stop,’” Sheppard recalled, referring to the former president of the Giants. So Sheppard
told the mob: “If you do not stop, the Giants will forfeit the game. Is that clear? The Giants will forfeit the game.” It must have been clear,
because the fans wobbled back into the stands, and the Giants won the game.
“After the game, one of the reporters asked, ‘Is that a rule?’” Sheppard recalled yesterday. “I said, ‘It’s Sheppard’s Rule.’” And
nobody argues those rules.
The players want to make the majors just to hear Sheppard announce their names. Reggie Jackson still hasn’t gotten over hearing Sheppard, on a busman’s holiday, do a guest inning in Anaheim, Calif., back in the late ’70s. Reggie, in the on-deck circle, nearly flipped, hearing that voice 3,000 miles from home.
2000: The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game‚ beating the
National League‚ 6-3. Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP
honors‚ while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.
1959: Frank Gilhooley, who played in the Yankee outfield from 1913 through 1918, dies at age 67.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range into the upper deck in right‚
as New York top Cleveland 11-3.
1957: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th‚ then wins it in the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers‚ and is hitting ‚370 for the first-place Yanks. Chicago trail by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow‚ 4-2‚ with Mantle hitting another homer.
1946:The Yankees sell Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45‚ but lost his job when the vets returned.
1945:Yankee catcher Aaron Robinson returns from the military. Ruffing is back as well, along with Charlie Keller. More than two dozen former ML players will be in uniform before the season is over.
1939: With another Yankee-dominated lineup‚ the AL defeats the NL 3-1 in the 7th All-Star Game‚ at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio excites the partisan crowd with a 5th-inning homer. Cincinnati outfielder Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball.
1927: The Yankees beat Detroit 8-5‚ as Lou Gehrig belts his 29th homer of the year‚ tying him with Babe Ruth for the league. Waite Hoyt picks up the win over Lil Stoner.
1922: In the first of 4 games at the Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the first-place Browns‚ 2-1‚ as the Browns hand New York two ‘home runs.’ Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the left field stands for a homer. In the 6th, Jim Tobinmakes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the right field foul line, allowing Ruth to take second. The Babe continues to third, and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.
1921: At Chicago‚ Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Rip Collins‚ 4-0. For Ruth it is his 32nd homer of the season, and he has now homered in every AL park this year. Later at Comiskey Park‚ robbers blow off the door of the safe and make off with $3‚000‚ mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow‚ the New YorkvTimes says‚ ‘Owner Charles Comiskey <below> denied reports that the safe contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on
1904: The Highlanders salvage the last game of a 4-game series with the Boston Americans with a 10-1 drubbing of the visitors‚ but the Beantowners leave New York with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty (below) has 4 of New York’s 17 hits.
2004: Old Timers Day in the Bronx is all about Thurman Munson, as this year marks the 25thy anniversary of the death of the ’70s Yankees captain. Fourteen of Thurman’s teammates join his widow Diana (shown below) on the mound – one of them, Lou Piniella, is wearing the opposing team’s uniform, since he is the manager of the visiting Devil Rays. Jon Lieber allows two quick tallies on singles by the first three Tampa players and a Tino Martinez sacrifice fly. After that, Lieber stiffens, and holds the line until an 2-run A-Bomb ties off Dewon Brazelton ties it in the home fourth. Derek Jeter’s bases-clearing three-run double three innings later makes the difference in the 6-3 Yankee win.
1999: In a thrilling interleague matchup at Shea, the Yankees’ streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8 innings comes to an end when Matt Franco’s 2-out pinch single in the bottom of the 9th off the suddenly mortal Mariano Rivera drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a
1997. Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his Major league debut as the Yankees roll over the Tigers 10-3.
1987: At the Stadium‚ Don mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam on the fireman’s first pitch to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over Chicago.
1977: The AL East lead changes hands once again, as the Yankees drop into second behind the Red Sox after a 5-0 loss to the Orioles and lefty Ross Grimsley.
1956: Joe Giard, who was acquired mid-season in 1927 to shore up the Yankee bullpen and finished his brief career at the end of the regular campaign, dies at the age of 57.
1955: Despite giving up two solo homers to Mickey Mantle‚ the Nats’ Dean Stone holds on
for a 6-4 win in Washington in the first game of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers
the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit‚ then later adds a double. In the nitecap‚
Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win‚ 8-3.
1947: At Sportsman’s Park, Yankee relief pitcher Joe Page stops the Browns, and then provides the margin of victory himself with a 9th inning homer as the Yankees win 4-3.
1936: The Bombers unload on the Indians 18-0, as Red Ruffing coasts to the complete game win. Lloyd Brown, the first of the Tribe hurlers, is the loser. Lou Gehrig has a pair of homers to take over the AL lead with 23.
1934: The 2nd annual All Star Game witnesses Carl Hubbell’s amazing feat of striking out five future Hall of Famers in a row. Off to a shaky start with two on base in the first inning, Hubbell uses his screwball to fan Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. He adds Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to start the second. After three scoreless innings he leaves with the NL leading 4 – 0. The AL rallies, scoring nine runs off Lon Warneke, Van Lingle Mungo and Dizzy Dean, while Mel Harder pitches five shutout innings in relief of Red Ruffing to hold the lead. Frankie Frisch and Joe ‘Ducky’ Medwick hit homers. Earl Averill’s three RBI are decisive for the 9-7 AL victory.
1927; Murderers’ Row stumbles briefly on their march to the pennant as Detroit’s Jackie Tavener steals second, third and home ithe 4th inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.
1917: Coming off a suspension, Yankee righthander Ray Caldwell (shown below) pitches 9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief‚ picking up a 7-5 win over the Browns in 17 innings. He celebrates after the game by stealing a ring worth $150 from the home of one Mrs. Lucy Dick whilst visiting. He is arrested for larceny.
2002: In a controversial finish, the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. The Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano homers for the junior circuit in the contest.
2000: Not only do the Yanks lose to the Mets at Shea, as Andy Pettitte is outduelled by Mike Hampton 2-0, but they lose Shane Spencer for the rest of the season as the outfielder damages his knee when he stumbles making a catch.
1999: The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig when he made his ‘luckiest man on earth’ speech
on July 4‚ 1939 is sold for $451‚541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman
Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame
first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his
name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone.
1986: The Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson, who had had become the target of such fan abuse in New York
that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him at the Stadium.
1985: Despite giving up 9 hits and striking out only one batter, Ron Guidry wins his 10th straight decision, beating the Royals, 6-4.
1972: The Yankees beat the Twins 9-6‚ even though Rich Reese of Minnesota triers a Major League record by hitting the third pinch grand slam of his career, off Lindy McDaniel.
1960: Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins‚ and 14
straight over two seasons‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-5. The Sox
are lead by Vic Wertz, who drives in 4 runs with a homer, a double and a single. Coates’ ML record is 17-2.
1958: In front of the Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly‚ U.S. Senators
are treated to a long‚ rambling, barely comprehensible discourse on
baseball and America by Casey Stengel. When Stengel finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and the Yankee centerfielder deadpans,
“My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” Manager and player
return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians 13-2.
1955: Bob Turley and the Yanks prevail over the Washington Senators,
with Mickey Mantle’s 5 for 5 day providing the motor for the offense. Bullet Bob tosses a two-hit shutout in the 4-0 win.
1937: Joe DiMaggio goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers in addition to a triple‚
double and single, leading New York to a 16-2 trouncing of the Senators.
Lou Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all
between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the pair goes
back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When
Powell took his place in left field after the incident he was showered with
1936: The temperature is 106*F in Central Park‚ the hottest July 9 in New York City in the 20th century, as the Yankees host the Indians at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102*F. The Yanks score 4
in the 1st inning‚ but Cleveland come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits‚
including 5 homers‚ to win 11-4. Hal Trosky‚ Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits
another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill
1932: At the Stadium, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman has two inside-the-park homers and 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a
doubleheader with Detroit.The Yanks win 14-9, completing the sweep after taking first game 7-6‚ home run heroics provided by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Sewell.
1929: Hector Lopez, early ’60s Yankee outfielder, and member of the ’61 and ’62 championship teams, is born. Happy 82nd, Hector!
1927: At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 19-7
driveby of the Tigers in the opening game of a twinbill. Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe‚ going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases. The Bengals bounce right back in the nitecap, thrashing the Yanks 14-4.
919: The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak‚ beating New York’s Bob Shawkey 2-0‚ to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they
don’t stop Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game. Peck‚
who is leading the AL in hitting‚ will go hitless tomorrow.
1874: Jack Powell, who won 23 games for the New York Highlanders in 1904, is born.