3/17 & 3/18 in Yankee History
On the 17th of March over the years…
1988: Newly acquired Yankee Jack Clark tears a tendon in his calf while delivering a home run swing in a spring training game against the Orioles, and will miss the start of the regular season.
1978: The Yankees take to the field for a St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game against the Reds,who don green uniforms rather than their traditional red‚ starting an annual ritual that will last until the end of the ’80s. The good luck works and the Reds win‚ 9-2. The Cardinals will be the next to follow suit.
1949: At St. Petersburg, the Tigers and Yankees slog through 17 innings before agreeing to call the game a 2-2 tie. The two sides issue 28 walks and leave 42 runners on base.
1936: Much-heralded prospect Joe DiMaggio makes his spring debut with the Yankees, collecting 4 hits including a triple. The day is marred only by the Cardinals’ 8-7 win.
1921: The Yankees, training in Shreveport‚ Lousiana, journey to Lake Charles to play a game against the Cardinals‚ who are based in Orange‚ Texas. The game is proclaimed ‘Ruth-Hornsby Day‚’ but the Rajah hits only a single while the Babe launches a home run the short right field fence. The Yanks win 14-5.
…and on the 18th…
1985: Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by Bowie Kuhn because of their employment by Atlantic City casinos.
1962: Mid ’80s Yankee reliever Brian Fisher is born. Happy 50th, Brian!