2008: A superb Andy Pettitte blanks Scott Kazmir and the Rays 5-0 at the Stadium, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five in eight innings of work. Melky Cabrera homers, and Derek Jeter, one of five Yankees with multiple hits, doubles in two. Reggie Jackson gets the honour of moving the indicator of contests remaining in the old Yankee Stadium from 34 to 33 in the fifth inning.
2000: The Yankees activate former Mets phenom Dwight Gooden and send him into action against his old team – he beats them 4-2 in Flushing on the day game of a two-borough, day/night doubleheader. Roger Clemens tops the Mets by the same score in the
evening contest in the Bronx. It was in this game that the Rocket levels Mike Piazza with a pitch off the batting helmet, igniting bad blood between the teams and their fans.
David Justice, Shane Spencer, and Scott Brosius single for one fifth-inning run, and then Chuck Knoblauch, the day after his 32nd birthday, follows with a homer off Glendon Rusch for the winner.
1994: Though it will be another 10 years before he puts on the pinstripes, a promising rookie by the name of Alex Rodriguez makes his Major League debut today with the Mariners, going 0 for 3 in a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
1984: Kevin Russo is born. Happy 26th to the rookie!
1982: The good news is that Billy Martin earns his 1,000th career managerial victory in a game involving the Yankees… The bad news is that he is currently at the helm of the Oakland A’s, who present him with the landmark win at the expense of the Bombers, 6-3.
1977: An ace in Cincinnati, Don Gullett has been plagued with arm troubles since signing with the Yankees this year. Nevertheless, the lefty wins his 7th game of the campaign thus far, as Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles homer in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.
1974: Yankee shortstop Jim Mason ties a major-league record by doubling four times in a 12-5 win over Texas.
1966: In twinbill action at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in both games against the Senators; the second-game blast
off Jim Hannan carries over the Monuments into the bleachers in center, to a measured 461 feet. The teams split the two games, 7-6 for Washington in the opener, then 7-5 New York. Unfortunately, Mantle injures a hamstring in the second contest, and
will be out two weeks.
1969: Red Rolfe, the only starting third baseman in Yankee history thus far to have played his entire career with the club, dies at the age of 60.
1962: The Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 9-8 victory and regain first place, a position they will hold for the rest of the year. Bobby Richardson, Tom Tresh and Hector Lopez homer, and Whitey Ford picks up the his 7th win.
1958: The AL beats the NL in the All Star Game 4-3. with Gil McDougald’s 6th inning single providing the margin of victory for the junior circuiters. Incidentally, this is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.
1951: As a feud between Casey Stengel and his veteran star continues, the manager replaces Joe DiMaggio in center with Jackie Jensen (shown below) in the second inning of a game with the Red Sox. Red-hot Clyde Vollmer hits a two-run homer, and Boston prevail 6-3.
1927: The Yanks split with the Tigers‚ losing the opener 11-8‚ then outslugging the Bengals in the nitecap to win 10-8. babe Ruth clouts his 27th homer in the nitecap‚ a 3-run inside-the-park job to deep center‚ to back George Pipgras’ pitching. The booming drive off Don Hankins ricochets off the wall past center fielder Heinie Manush and the Babe scores standing up for his only inside-the-parker this season. Lil Stoner goes all the way for Detroit in the opener‚ getting the win in spite of allowing 14 hits. Lou Gehrig‚ leading the
AL with a .401 average‚ has 4 hits for the afternoon‚ but his longest is a triple.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, Ty Cobb, out with a wrenched knee since June 6‚ hits a pinch single in the 9th
to drive home the winner in a victory over the Yankees. Cobb extends his hit
streak to 12 games‚ while Babe Ruth‚ who put the Yanks ahead with a RBI-triple‚ runs
his hit streak to 22 games. New York score one in the 9th but lose 4-3.
1910: At Hilltop Park, the Highlanders’ Bert Daniels triples in the 6th inning, then steals home on the next pitch. New York go on to beat the White Sox 13-4.
2007: The 61st Annual Old Timers’ Game takes place at the Stadium. 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius takes part for the first time, and joins Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Leyritz and Brian Doyle. In the game that follows, Roger Clemens mkakes one of his best starts of the year, matching Anaheim ace John Lackey by allowing one run on five hits through eight frames. But in the top of the 12th, Brian Bruney surrenders a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick, and a double error by Miguel Cairo at first on a bunt play gives up the deciding run in a 2-1 loss.
2005: A familiar pattern continues to develop as the Yankees place Carl ‘American Idle’ Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis.
In other roster changes, backup infielder Rey Sanchez is transferred from
the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. And although his initial
two-week stay in the bigs would not be good, the purchase of the
contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from AAA Columbus would prove to be a good move for the club.
1991: Bernie Williams makes his Major League debut. Though the Yankees fall to the Orioles 5-3, the rookie displays his strengths by driving in one run from each side of the plate. After delivering one tally on a sac fly off lefty starter Jeff Ballard, Bernie strokes an rbi single off righthanded closer Greg Olson in the ninth inning.
1987: The numerologists would have a field day… Trailing the Twins 7-0 in the 7th inning on 7/7/87, the Yanks score 7 runs to tie it. Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson homer and Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Claudell Washington, and Gary Ward single in succession, for 7 straight safeties. A Claudell Washington home run highlights the five-run 8th that follows, and the Bombers emerge with a 12-7 victory.
1982: Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, third baseman for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 85.
1978: Ron Guidry’s historic winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell, who shuts out the Yankees 6-0 on. This is the second ofzzthree shutouts the Brewer lefty will record against the Bombers this year, and sends Gator’s record ‘plummeting’ to 13-1.
1977: Catfish Hunter four-hits the Indians for an 8-2 win, completing a three-game series sweep at the Stadium.
1970: Mel Stottlemyre pitches well, but gets a no-decision as his undergunned Yankee mates fail to provide much run support against the Orioles. Stot leaves the game in the eighth with the score tied at 2, and Lindy McDaniel allowed a Brooks Robinson 10th-inning grand slam for a 6-2 Baltimore walkoff win.
1968: Chuck Knoblauch is born. Happy 43rd to one of the standouts from the Torre glory years!
1966: Mired in a 1 for 17 slump, Mickey Mantle comes up in the bottom of the 9th with the Yankees tied with the Red Sox 2-2. The Mick belts a 3-run homer for the walkoff win.
1951: At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox connects for a grand slam to chase Yankee starter Allie Reynold. The final score is 10-4 for Boston, with Ellis Kinder going the route for the win. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff blast in the 9th completes the New York scoring .
1937: Lou Gehrig leads the AL to victory in the All Star Game, pacing the junior circuit attack with 4 RBI on a home run and a double.
1915: Connie Mack’s ‘fire sale’ in Philadelphia continues, as the A’s sell Bob Shawkey to the Yankees for $18,000. Shawkey will go on to win 175 games in pinstripes.
1904: Jack Chesbro is bested by the Boston Americans 4-1 at Hilltop Park for one of only 6 losses the Highlander ace will suffer in a season in which he establishes a Major League record of 41 victories that still stands.
1903: In a game with the Highlanders at New York, White Sox outfielder Danny Green is called out at first in a close play by arbiter John Sheridan (shown below). After returning to the bench, the Chicago player continues to yell at the ump. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green in the head with his mask. The offended player then punches the umpire, who is taken from the grounds in handcuffs and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later he isreleased after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.
2008: Joba Chamberlain is not around long enough for the win in a 5-4 extra-inning Yankee victory over the Red Sox at the Stadium , but he does have some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin Youkilis.
A-Rod homers off Tim Wakefield, and Robinson Cano has a key two-run
triple that ties the game in the seventh. The star of the game award goes to Brett
Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed
on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier in the day. The speedy
rookie singles and scores in the sixth, and drives in Cano with the game winner
in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman (below), who in
April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International
Space Station, throws out the first pitch in person this day, having returned
to earth in the interim.
2003: Bill Mueller of the Red Sox jumps on Andy Pettitte for a home run and a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Boston scoring begins and ends there. While Andy settles into a groove, his teammates plate a pair off John Burkett in the opening frame, add one in the 5th, and send the Bosox starter to the showers when Curtis Pride launches a homer to straightaway center in the sixth. Three 7th inning tallies close out the 7-1 Yankee win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball, and the Yankees jump out to a 7-0 lead over
the Mets after three innings, on two rbi singles by Scott
Brosius and an Alfonso Soriano 3-run blast. The home team then coast
to the 8-3 victory, with Andy getting the win over fellow lefty Al
1996: John Wetteland ties the record held by Lee Smith by garnering a save in his 20th consecutive appearance. The Yankee closer pitches the ninth inning of Jimmy Key’s 2-0 win over the Brewers.
During the game, the Yankees buy out Darryl Strawberry’s contract with Columbus.
1990: Five days after his disastrous and demoralizing 4-0 loss to the White Sox in 1990, despite having thrown a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins goes down to defeat yet again. After throwing shutout ball at the Twins into the twelfth inning of the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, he gives up two runs in the frame and loses. His record dips to 1-6. The Bombers bounce back to take the nitecap 5-3.
1966: Boston reliever Don McMahon becomes the second pitcher in AL history to beat the Yankees twice in one day, picking up in the win in relief in both ends of a doubleheader at the Stadium. When Dave Davenport of the Browns first achieved the same-day double win over the Yanks in 1916, however, he threw two complete-game victories.
Off the field, ‘Sad Sam’ Jones, mainstay of the pitching staff of the Yanks’ first World Series winning team in 1923, dies at the age of 73.
1962:The M & M boys go back-to-back for the third time in four games when they homer off the Twins’ Camilo Pasqual in the 1st inning of a 7-5 win. Both Mantle and Maris will go long again later in the game. The Mick’s dingers in his first two at bats give in four in succession over two games.
1954: Willie Randolph is born. Happy 57th to one of the all time Yankee greats at second base!
1941:At the Stadium, the Yanks sweep two from the
Philadelphia Athletics, 8-4 and 3-1. Joe DiMaggio hits safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 48 games. Before the game the center field monument to the memory of the recently deceased Lou Gehrig is dedicated: ‘A Man, A Gentleman, and A Great Ball
1933: The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park‚ and‚ appropriately, Babe Ruth is the star‚ though he finished 6th in the voting. Joining the Bambino in representing the Yanks in the starting AL nine are Lou Gehrig and Lefty Gomez. (Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters.) The Babe strikes out against Lon Warneke‚ but his 2-run homer is the margin of victory in the AL’s 4-2 win. Gomez, the starter and winner‚ also knocks in the game’s first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49‚200 fans who pay $52‚000 in gate receipts.
1928: Urban Shocker (below), who has made only one appearance for the Yankees this year because of health issues, is given his unconditional release by the team.
1920: The Yankees (1920 team photo shown below) set a record by plating 14 runs in the 5th inning of a game with the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. The mark will stand as the most runs ever scored in one inning of a Major League game until 1953, when the Red Sox produce a 17-run frame.
2009: The Yankees win at the Stadium, though far from gracefully. Battering Toronto rookie Brett Cecil for seven runs, and the soon-to-retire B.J. Ryan for three more, they will need almost all those runs, as Joba Chamberlain allows eight of his own, even if all five runs in the top of the third are unearned after a Cody Ransom (below) error. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada collect four hits each, and Hideki Matsui homers and drives in 4 in the 10-8 triumph.
2000: Andy Pettitte cruises through the first 5 innings, but things turn ugly in the 6th when the Orioles push 6 runs across on 7 hits and a walk off the starter and relievers Jason Grimsley and Mike Stanton before Jeff Nelson finally restores order. The Yanks, who had built a 4-0 lead on homers by Scott Brosius and Derek Jeter, now trail. Fortunately, the Bomber offense is operating at full throttle, and answer back with a six-spot of their own in the home half of the 6th, on their way to a 12-6 win.
1999: Facing the Orioles at the Stadium, Andy Pettitte is on less than top form, allowing 8 hits (including homers by Cal Ripken and B.J. Surhoff) and walking 5 in 6 innings of work, as Mike Mussina and the visitors roll, 9-1.
1966: Former Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland is born. Happy birthday, Dave!
1961: In the course of a 6-0 victory over the Indians, Roger Maris is
erroneously credited with an RBI single along with the RBI he earned
for a home run. The error will be discovered and rectified in 1995, and
since then, the record book has reflected that Maris and the Orioles’ Jim Gentile were
co-leaders of the American League in RBI for the 1961 season.
1951: ’70s Yankee closer and Hall of Famer Rich Gossage is born. Happy 60th to the Goose!
1950: Tommy Byrne gives up six hits, walks six and hits four batters in five innings of work, but still manages to salvage the win as the Yanks beats the Athletics 12-8. It’s Cliff Mapes (shown below) to the rescue, as the last Yankee player to wear Babe Ruth’s old no. 3 before it was retired drives in five runs with a home run and a single.
1943: Curt ‘Clank’ Blefary, (the nickname was bestowed on him by Frank Robinson for his less than stellar glovework in the outfield) Yankee benchplayer in 1970 and ’71 during a journeyman career, is born.
1937: Joe DiMaggio hits first Major League grand slam, off Rube Walberg, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over the Red Sox. The Yankees prevail by scores of 15-0 and 8-4.
1934: Lou Gehrig hits the 17th of his 23 career grand slams, this one an inside-the-park job, in an 8-3 win over the Senators
1930: Yankee Stadium plays host to its first Negro League games, as the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black
Sox split a doubleheader before a crowd of 20,000. Baltimore’s Herb ‘Rap Dixon’ homers three times, while the Giants’ Chino Smith goes long twice and triples.
1917: In the nitecap of a doubleheader with the Senators at the Polo Grounds, Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker hits a 13th-inning shot to deep center off Walter Johnson, and motors around the bases for an inside-the-park game winner. It is his fifth career homer against the Hall of Fame bound Washington ace. The Senators win
the first game, 2-1.
1905: Thanks in part to 9 Boston errors, the Highlanders roll 8-3. Bill Hogg (shown below in a 1908 spring training photo, fourth from the left in the front row) gets the win for the visiting New Yorkers.
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1983: In action against the Red
Sox at the Stadium, Dave Righetti throws the first Yankee no-hitter
since Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, and the first by
a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge threw the Bombers’ first-ever
(from either side) in 1917. Righetti strikes out Yankee nemesis Wade
Boggs (who will eventually earn a ring in the Bronx in 1996), to end
the game (final score 4-0).
1939: Lou Gehrig makes the ‘Luckiest man on the face of the earth’ speech.
In the doubleheader that follows, the Yankees gain a split, falling in the opener 3-2, but rebounding strongly in the nitecap with an 11-1 win.
On other 4ths of July…
2009: The Blue Jays are in town for the Independence Day game at the Stadium. Adam Lind’s sixth inning home run keys a three-run rally that gives Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay the lead over Chien-Ming Wang, and then Johnny Damon’s two-run,
seventh-inning blast ties it at 5-5. Phil Hughes, Mariano and Phil Coke hold the visitors at bay for five frames, and veteran Brett Tomko (below) gets the victory when Jorge Posada singles in A-Rod for the 6-5 walkoff win in the bottom of the 12th.
1996: The Yankees sign Darryl Strawberry
1988: Texas knuckleballer Charlie Hough strikes out four Yankees in the opening frame, but the Bombers shrug it off and go on to rout the Rangers 13-2.
1984: Yankee veteran Phil Niekro (below) gets his 3,000th strikeout when he fans Billy Sample in a 5-0 blanking of the Rangers. The knuckleballer goes 8 innings, and Jay Howell finishes up.
1977: The Yanks maintain a one-game lead over the Red Sox, riding home runs by Chris Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles to a 7-5 victory at home over the Indians.
1964: Mickey Mantle’s three-run eighth-inning blast off Minnesota’s Al Worthington resulted in a come from behind 7-5 win in the opening game of doubleheader. The Bombers will take the nitecap as well, 2-1.
1962: After falling to the Kansas City Athletics 11-1 in the first of two, the Yanks recover to win the nightcap as Mickey Mantle homers
his last two times up in the 7-3 win. After a day off on the 5th, the Mick will
homer his first two times to the plate in the next game, giving him his third
and fourth dingers in succession as the Yanks do battle in Minnesota.
1960: Mickey Mantle hits the 300th
home run of his career, a three-run shot off Hal Woodeshick in the
first inning of a game with the Senators. The Yanks will come up short,
however, losing 9-8.
1959: Bob Turley tosses a one-hitter for a 7-0 shutout in the opener of a doubleheader with the Senators. The Yanks will also take the nitecap 10-6. The star of the day, though, is Tony Kubek, who goes 8-for-10 in the
twinbill, including 2 doubles and 3 RBI
1954: Jim Beattie, Yankee pitcher in 1978-79 and winner of the pivotal 5th game of the 1978 World Series, is born. Happy 57th, Jim!
1948: John Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees, is born. Happy 63rd to Mr ‘It is high, it is far, it is… caught’ !
1932: The Yanks drop a doubleheader to the Senators, 5-3 and 12-6. In the second game, Washington’s Carl Reynolds bowls over Bill Dickey on a successful squeeze play. After rising from the dust, the Yankee backstop breaks Reynolds’ jaw with one punch. Dickey is suspended for 30 days – supposedly the length of his target’s recuperation – and assessed a $1‚000 fine. Reynolds is hitting over .360
but will end the season at .305.
1925: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Herb Pennock (below) duels Lefty Grove of the A’s for 15 innings, and outlasts him for the 1-0 win. The A’s take the nitecap 8-5.
1884: Jack Warhop, Yankee pitcher from 1908 to 1915 (and who gave up Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run) is born.
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1922: Bob Meusel, already the first Yankee to hit for the cycle, turns the trick again in a 12-1 win over the A’s. Long Bob’s homer is back-to-back with one by Babe Ruth, as Carl Mays beats Philadelphia for the 22nd time in a row.
On other 3rds of July…
1998: Joe Torre lets Andy Pettitte throw 143 pitches in a 3-2 complete game victory over the Orioles at the Stadium. Chad Curtis knots the game at two with a fourth-inning home run off Mike Mussina, and
the Yankee leftfielder also scores the walkoff winner in the 9th behind Scott Brosius’ single off Jesse Orosco.
1978: Yaz singles twice and doubles, and Dennis Eckersley gets the win over Ed Figueroa as the Red Sox beat the Bombers 9-5 at Fenway. The third-place Yanks now fall eight games off the pace.
1977: In the opening game of a twinbill at the Stadium, Roy White comes through with an 8th inning double to break a scoreless tie with the Tigers and give Ron Guidry a 2-0 win. It is Louisiana Lightning’s second straight complete-game shutout. The Tigers come roaring back in the second game for a 10-6 victory.
1967: Brian Cashman is born. Happy 43rd to our GM!
1966: Mickey Mantle hits three home runs in consecutive times at bat for the
second time in the same week when he goes yard in the first and the Yanks take a 5-0 lead over the Senators. It takes Bobby Richardson’s 11th-inning
home run, however, to close out the 6-5 Yankee win.
1962: The Yankees squeak by the A’s 8-7, on the strength of five
homers. Bobby Richardson accounts for one, and Roger maris hits two, but it is Mickey Mantle’s second of two, in the eighth, that plates
the winning run.
1960: In doubleheader action against the Tigers in the Bronx, Ryne Duren preserves thefirst-game, 7-6 win in front of a 50,000-plus crowd
by striking Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two out in the
ninth. Mickey Mantle’s three-run blast carries the Yanks to a second-game 6-2
victory and the sweep.
1951: Former Yankee reliever Hugh Casey, who made a critical contribution to New York fortunes in the stretch run of the 1949 pennant race, commits suicide at the age of 37. Casey is best remembered in Yankee lore, however, for game four of the 1941 World Series, when he was on the mound for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the bottom of the 9th, Dodger catcher Mickey Owen was unable to handle strike
three from Casey with two outs. Given new life, the Bombers took the
game and the series.
1950: Ever willing to shuffle the lineup, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. DiMag handles 13 chances flawlessly,
but is unhappy, especially since the Senators win, 7-2. The experiment will not be repeated.
1932: In the first ever Sunday game at Fenway, the Yankees own the Red Sox, 13-2 George Pipgras goes the distance for the Bombers.
1914: In Philadelphia, the A’s Chief Bender (below) and Bob Shawkey combine for a double whitewashing of the Yanks, 2-0 and 1-0.
Off the field, Buddy Rosar, backup catcher for the Yankee championship clubs of 1939 and 1941, is born.
The red-letter day:
1941: Joe DiMaggio becomes the sole owner of the record for longest hitting streak in Major League history. With a homer off Boston’s Dick Newsome at the Stadium, the Yankee Clipper extends his streak to 45 games, eclipsing Wee Willie Keeler’s long-standing mark that he had tied the day before. The blast also contributes to an 8-4 win.
On other 2nds of July…
2008: Right-handed journeyman Sydney Ponson seems headed for a loss when two-run,
sixth-inning homers by Milton Bradley and Kris Davis give the
Rangers a 7-6 lead at the Stadium, but the first five Yanks
to bat in the seventh score. 8 runs will come across in the frame, and 3 more in the 8th, to carry them to an 18-7 win. Jason Giambi drives in six with a grand slam
and a two-run double, Bobby Abreu (below) and A-Rod deliver
three RBI each, and Johnny Damon has three hits, and scores three times while driving in two.
1978: After the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Ron Guidry is now off to the best start of any pitcher in Yankee history, having bested the Tigers 3-2 to raise his record to 13-0. Controversy arises when Detroit outfielder Mickey Stanley waits for a fan
interference call on a long drive by Mickey Rivers that never comes, and Rivers legs out an
inside-the-park home run to tie the game at two. Goose Gossage gets the win in the nitecap as the Yanks gain a walkoff win, 5-3.
1970: The Yankees fall to the Tigers and Joe Niekro 5-0. Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hit bid by the Detroit knuckleballer with a single in the 9th, the third time this month that the Yankee second baseman has spoilt a no-no with a safety in the final inning.
1966: The struggles of the Yankees (who are heading for their first last-place finish in 54 years) are reflected in the fortunes of Whitey Ford, who continues to be winless so far in the campaign. Washington’s Frank Howard, Don Lock and Ken McMullen hit back-to-back-to-back homers against the fading lefty on the way to a 10-4 victory. Mike McCormick gets the complete-game win for the Senators.
1962: In a game with the A’s at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle walks in three out of his four In trips to the plate. He takes advantage of the one good pitch he sees to blast it into the upper deck, helping the Yanks to an 8-4 win.
1946: With nearly 70,000 in attendance at the Stadium, Yankee hurler Spud Chandler gets off to a shaky start, walking nine Red Sox batters in the first four innings. Still, he carries a no-hitter into the 9th, when Bobby Doerr singles with one out, and then closes the door for a 2-1 victory.
1943: Nice effort, shame about the 4th inning… The
Indians score all 12 of their runs during that frame in a 12-0 win over the
Yankees. The roof falls in on New York starter Marius Russo (shown below), who takes his third loss of the year without a win.
1938: Hal Reniff, pitcher for the ’62 Yankees World Championship team, and member of the ’63 and ’64 pennant winners, is born. Happy 73rd, Hal!
1922: The Yankees beat the A’s 9-3. Two of Philadelphia’s 3 runs come on solo home runs by outfielder Tilly Walker (shown below), who will finish the year with 37 round-trippers, two more than Babe Ruth’s total.
1906: After losing the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s 5-4, the Highlanders win by forfeit for the first time in franchise history, 5-1.
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2004: The ‘Derek Jeter dive’ game.
One of the most thrilling contests in recent years in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at the Stadium. Home runs by Tony Clark and Jorge Posada propel starter Brad Halsey into a 3-0 lead over Pedro Martinez. but Boston tie it on a
two-run Manny Ramirez homer and a David McCarty two-bagger that glances off Bernie Williams’ glove in the 7th. The Sox load the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk
against Mariano in the 11th, but A-Rod turns a
miraculous 5 (UA), 5-2 double play that would have been a triple play on a 2-5,
but the latter throw retires Ramirez coming from second for the second time on
the play, a twist that one won’t find in the rule book. A second-and-third, two-out
threat against Tanyon Sturtze in the following frame is snuffed out when Jeter dives face first into the left-field boxes after snaring Trot Nixon’s flair into no man’s land. The Sox pull ahead again on another Manny blast to lead off the 13th, but with two out in the home half of the inning, Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo and John Flaherty deliver a single, a double and a single in succession, and the Yanks and their fans celebrate a 5-4 victory.
1941: Joe Dimaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s Major League record hitting streak at 44 games whilst leading the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 7-2 and 9-2.
On other 1sts of July…
2007: The contract of righty reliever Edwar Ramirez, who has been all the buzz
in Scranton, is purchased, and the spindly hurler is brought to New York.
Infielder Chris Basak is optioned out to create room, and injured righty Jeff Karstens is shifted to the 60-day disabled list.
1990: Yankee starting pitcher Andy Hawkins has a frustrating day’s work, holding the White Sox hitless through seven when New York third baseman Mike Blowers makes an error on a Sammy Sosa grounder leading off the next inning. Two
walks follow, and then back-to-back errors by Jim Leyrirz and Jesse Barfield on wind-blown outfield flies, and the Sox are up, 4-0, the final
score of the game despite the fact that Hawkins succeeds in finishing the
The 4-0 loss was the largest margin of a no-hitter loss in the 20th century, and Hawkins
became the first Yankees pitcher to lose a no-hitter. On September 4, 1991 the
Committee for Statistical Accuracy, appointed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the
definition of a no-hitter to require that a pitcher throw at least nine full
innings and a complete game. Since Hawkins played for the visiting team, the
White Sox never batted in the ninth inning and Hawkins lost the credit for a
It’s ‘Taxi Day’ at the Stadium, with nearly 5,000 cab drivers and their families in
attendance. The Kansas City A’s spoil the party, though, by beating the Yankees 5-4 in 11 innings.
1962: Angels reliever (and future Yankee pitching coach under Billy Martin) Art Fowler earns the win in the second of two vs. the Bombers with his throwing and with his bat. Fowler drives in
four runs with two singles in the 12-5 nightcap after the Yanks win the opener
6-3. Halos outfielder Albie Pearson becomes first player in MLB history to go hitless in 11 at bats in a twinbill consisting of two
1957: In a game against the Yankees, Baltimore pitcher George Zuverink and his catcher Frank Zupo become the first ‘Double Z’ battery in Major League history. But the 26th-letter mojo isn’t enough, as the Yanks prevail 3-2.
1950: At Fenway, Whitey Ford makes a considerably less than auspicious MLB debut, coming on in relief of Yankee starter Tommy Byrne. The young lefty is slapped around by the Red Sox for seven hits and five earned runs, while walking six, as Boston roll to a 13-4 win.
1935: At the suggestion of Yankee outfielder George Selkirk, the Stadium gets a six-foot-wide cinder path in front of the fences to
alert fielders when they are approaching the wall. Yankee Stadium is the first Major League ballpark to have the feature, which will subsequently become known as the ‘warning track’.
2009: Following an hour rain delay, the Yanks take another game with late offense in the new Stadium.
Consecutive no-out eighth-inning hits by Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter score three runs to break a 5-5 tie, and the Bombers beat
Seattle 8-5. A-Rod contributes a two-run homer to the win, and Mariano Rivera gets the save.
2008: The Yankees purchase the contract of outfielder Brett Gardner from AAA
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Gardy makes his debut in center field against Scott Feldman and the Rangers. Mike Mussina is brilliant, but less so than the Texas rookie righthander, who holds the Yanks to four hits
and one run (an A-Rod blast) through six. Moose gives up five
safeties and two runs, and the Yanks fall 2-1.
1986: The Yankees ship Ken Griffey Sr. (below) to the Braves for
outfielder Claudell Washington and infielder Paul Zuvella.
1977: Cliff Johnson homers twice in the 8th inning of an 11-5 Yankee
demolition of the Blue Jays. The hulking DH connects for 3 in succession on
the day, and the Yanks move within half a game of first-place Boston.
1962: Tony Fernandez, Derek Jeter’s predecessor at shortstop, and the last Yankee other than the present Captain to wear a single-digit number on the field, is born. Happy 49th, Tony!
1961: On an injury-free day, Mickey Mantle motors for an inside the park homer, while Roger Maris drives in three runs. The M & M boys lift Whitey Ford to a dizzying 14-2 record on the season as the Yanks beat the Senators 5-1.
1960: A 5-homer Yankee cannonade shells the A’s 10-5. Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Tony Kubek go long once each, and Moose Skowron adds two blasts.
1954: At Fenway, Yankee starter Tom Morgan hits three batters in the 3rd inning. The somewhat bruised Red Sox go on to a 6-1 victory. This is also Bobby Brown’s last game before retiring to pursue a career in medicine
1945: Jerry Kenney, starting third baseman for the Yankees in the difficult years of 1969-71, is born. Happy 66th, Jerry!
1934: Lou Gehrig triples each of his first three times up, but it is all for naught when the game with the Senators is called because of rain after 4 1/2 innings.
1927: Murderers’ Row take their fifth straight, and send the Red Sox to their 12th
consecutive loss, with a 13-6 win at the Stadium. Starter Myles Thomas is forced to leave the game with stiffness in his throwing arm in the 2nd inning, but Wilcy Moore goes the rest of the way in relief.
1924: The Yankees win the opener of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, rolling over the A’s 10-4. In the nitecap, however, Max ‘Camera Eye’ Bishop and third
baseman Sammy Hale, numbers one and two in the Philadelphia order, draw 8 of the 9 walks that the Yankee pitchers issue, as the A’s pull away, 10-3.
1908: Cy Young throws the third no-hitter of his career, blanking the Highlanders 8-0 at Hilltop Park.
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1941: At Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio singles in each game of a doubleheader sweep of the Senators, 9-4 and 7-5. The safety in the first game ties the American League consecutive-game-hit
record held by George Sisler at 41 games, and the second surpasses it.
On other 29ths of June…
2007: With the Yanks reeling after a 1-7 road trip, Mike Mussina takes the mound at the Stadium to face the Oakland A’s. Moose goes 7 inni9ngs and pick us up the win, riding a two-run, first-inning A-Rod home run. Sadly, the loser for the A’s, Joe Kennedy, will die an untimely death in the off-season due to an undiagnosed heart ailment.
2000: The Yankees tie a Major League record when three
Bombers stroked sacrifice flies in the same inning in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers
in Comerica Park. Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino all deliver.
Off the field, the club make a key — if unexpected — trade, shipping outfielder Ricky Ledee and two players to be named
later to the Indians for lefty power-hitting outfielder David Justice (below).
1987: The Yankees pull off one of the wildest wins in their history. In action against the Blue Jays, they take an 11-4 lead, fall behind 14-11, then prevail 15-14 on the strength of an 8th inning grand slam by Dave Winfield. It is their second salami of the day, as Don Mattingly had already hit one.
1968: Yankee legends from different eras cross paths – Mickey Mantle ties the score in the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s ith a two-run homer, only to see
his blast go for naught when rookie Reggie Jackson goes long in the eighth inning of
a 5-2 Oakland win. The home-standing Yanks recover to win the second game, 5-4.
1966: Mickey Mantle blasts his 37th and 38th career Fenway Park homers tying him with Babe Ruth for most homers in the ancient
Boston venue by an opponent. They remain tied in that regard to this day. The
second of those two was the middle shot of back-to-back-to-back blasts in the
third (after Bobby Richardson and before Joe Pepitone), as
the Yanks win 6-5.
1958: Mickey Mantle breaks out of an 0
for 16 slump by homering in the 3rd inning of a contest with Kansas
City, but there are few other bright spots on the day for the Yanks, as
the A’s roll 12-6 behind Ralph Terry.
1950: The Yankees make an addition to their roster that will have far-reaching implications, as young lefty Whitey Ford is promoted from AA Kansas City.
1947:It seems like only an evening of the score, as the Yankees beat the Senators 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after losing the first contest 5-1, but this victory will start the club on a 19-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. It is the fourth win of the year for New York right-hander Don Johnson.
1934: Lou Gehrig suffers a concussion when he is beaned in an exhibition game in Norfolk,
1915: It’s hard to prevail with two future Hall of Famers in the other dugout…Pitching for the Red Sox Babe Ruth gets the win as Boston edges the Yanks 6-5 in 10 innings. Tris Speaker backs the babe with a 5 for 5 day at the plate.
1909: Legendary Washington ace Walter Johnson surrenders his first Major League home run to the Highlanders’ Ray Demmitt (below) in the opening contest of a doubleheader at Hilltop Park. The Nats will win the game anyway, 3-1, but the hosts will storm back to take the