4/23 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
2000: Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada each hit home runs from both sides of the plate‚ marking the first time in major league history that a pair of teammates switch hit homers in the same game. The Yankees score 7 runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. Jose Cruz hits a leadoff homer for Toronto for the second straight game. He had 2 homers yesterday.
1929: The Yankees become the first team to wear numbers on their road uniforms when they invade Fenway Park. (The Red Sox, unimpressed, win 4-2).
1903: Behind the pitching of Harry Howell (below)‚ the Yankee franchise wins its first game, as the New York Highlanders beat Washington, 7-2.
On other 22nds of April…
2007: The injury-depleted Yankees activate Hideki Matsui from the DL. To make room for him, southpaw Chase Wright, coming off the previous day’s home run barrage at Fenway, is returned to AA Trenton.
2006: Jason Giambi has two homers and a double to drive in five runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles. O’s shortstop Miguel Tejada is the team’s only offensive producer with 4 hits including a homer. He has all 3 hits that winning pitcher Randy Johnson gives up, plus one more off of Mo Rivera, for all 4 Baltimore hits, tying an MLB mark.
2004: In a preview of game 7 the ALCS later in the year, Derek Lowe silences Bomber bats and his teammates drive Jose Contreras from the mound with a 5-run 4th inning as the Red Sox lmabst the Yankees 11-2 at Fenway.
1982: The Yankees trade first baseman /DH Bob Watson to Atlanta for minor leaguer pitcher Bob Patterson. Watson was given the choice of Philadelphia‚ L.A.‚ or Atlanta. In 2 weeks the Yankees will trade their other first baseman‚ Dave Revering‚ who hit .465 in spring training.
1977: Andruw Jones is born. Happy 35th, AJ!
1975: Roy White again homers from both sides of the plate‚ this time in an 11-7 Yankee loss to the Red Sox. White last switch-hit home runs on August 13‚ 1973.
1953: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle breaks a 3-3 tie in the 9th with a two out walkoff homer off Red Sox relief ace Ellis Kinder.
1948: On the 25th anniversary of the opening of Yankee Stadium‚ the Red Sox spoil the ceremonies by stopping New York‚ 4-0. A visibly ill Babe Ruth cheers on the Yanks from the dugout.
1947: At the Stadium, ‘Superchief’ Allie Reynolds shuts out the Red Sox 3-0 on as he bests Boo Ferriss and allows only two hits, both of them to Rudy York.
Off the field, the Yankees release veteran reliever Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, who will sign with the Red Sox.
1941: With Ted Williams on the bench after reinjuring his ankle yesterday‚ the Red Sox fall to the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ in 11 innings. Joe
DiMaggio is hitless‚ but Phil Rizzuto provides the offense by hitting his first major league homer‚ a 2-run shot off Charlie Wagner in the
11th‚ to win the contest.
1940: The Yankees dedicate a plaque at the Stadium to former owner Jacob Ruppert before losing to the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.
1933: Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-game streak is threatened when he is knocked unconscious by an Earl Whitehill pitch in the Yankees-Senators game. He recovers and finishes the game‚ a 5-4 loss to the Nats.
1932: At Shibe Park, Babe Ruth and Ben Chapman both go long for New York. This the 8th straight game in which at least one Yankee has hit a home run, but the A’s outslug them, 16-5.
1927: At Philadelphia‚ Rube Walberg gives up back to back homers to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the first inning‚ but holds on for a 4-3 A’s win. Yankee shortstop Mark Koenig’s wild throw in the 9th allows the winning run to score.
1925: Yankee ace Herb Pennock holds a 1-0 lead into the 9th when Washington loads the bases. Nats manager Bucky Harris wants Walter Johnson to pinch hit‚ but the Big Train is in the shower when he gets the call. It takes him ten minutes to dress and enter the game‚ with Yankee skipper Miller Huggins screaming all the while about the delay. Johnson justifies the wait by hitting the first pitch for a 2-run single to win the game for Washington‚ 2-1. Six weeks later‚ Ban Johnson will rule that only players on the bench or sidelines may be used as substitutes.
1919: At the Polo Grounds‚ 30‚000 fans watch the Red Sox roll over the Yankees‚ 10-0‚ behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth bounces a ball over Yankee center fielder Duffy Lewis’s head for an inside-the-park homer in his first at bat and drives in 2 runs‚ while Wally Schang has three doubles and a single. Former Sox star Lewis‚ who missed the 1918 season while serving in the military‚ is hitless in his Yankee debut.
George Mogridge takes the loss‚ allowing six runs in the 9th inning when shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh makes his 2nd and 3rd errors of the game.
1918: Yankee lefty Herb Thormahlen loses his no-hitter when Boston’s Amos Strunk singles with one out in the 9th. A pinch-hit single by Babe Ruth and a walk load the bases and a short fly to Ping Bodie is dropped‚ allowing Strunk to plate the winner‚ 1-0.