4/25 in Yankee History
2009: David Robertson is recalled from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre to stay.
2001: Scott Brosius connects for a solo homer, but it is not enough to offset the five unearned runs that result from the usually sure-handed third baseman’s two errors, as the visiting Mariners sail past the Yankees 7-5.
Elsewhere, Babe Ruth’s all-time record for walks falls to San Diego’s Rickey Henderson, who draws a free pass in the 9th inning from Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa for the 2‚063rd of his career.The Phillies defeat the Padres‚ 5-3.
1997: The White Sox belt the Yankees‚ 9-3‚ scoring 4 runs off reliever David Weathers in a third of an inning. Weathers‚ with 7 blown saves‚ will be ‘designated for reassignment’ tomorrow.
1982: All of 14 games into the season‚ George Steinbrenner fires manager Bob Lemon and replaces him with Gene Michael‚ the man Lemon had replaced the previous September
1980: Making his first appearance in Minnesota since his fight with a marshmallow salesman there the previous autumn‚ on-again off-again Yankee skipper and now A’s manager Billy Martin has to be restrained by umpires from attacking a fan who was pelting him with marshmallows during the Twins’ 10-3 victory.
1967: Whitey Ford beats the White Sox 11-2 at the Stadium, giving up 8 hits to go 2-1 on the season. It will be his last major league win.
1933: Russ van Atta makes a spectacular debut in the Yankees’ 16-0 pasting of the eventual AL pennant-winning Senators‚ getting 4 hits while pitching a 5-hit shutout.
Future Yankees pilot Casey Stengel is the only other player to have made his major league debut with 4 hits. Van Atta will post a 12-4 record for the season‚ bat .283‚ but will injure his left index finger in December while rescuing a cocker spaniel from a house fire. His only career shutout is today. The game is marred by a 20-minute bench-clearing free-for-all in the 4th inning started when Ben Chapman slides into second and spikes second baseman Buddy Myer. Myer invited the spiking by deliberately stepping on Lou Gehrig’s
foot at first a few days earlier. Chapman‚ Myer‚ and Earl Whitehill are suspended 5 days and fined $100 each.
1931: With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th‚ Boston’s Urbane Pickering swipes home with the winning run against the Yankees to give the Red Sox a 5-4 victory. Playing without Babe Ruth‚ the Yanks manage just 6 hits‚ 3 by Lou Gehrig.
1921: In New York‚ Washington’s Walter Johnson survives a first inning solo shot by Babe Ruth to top Carl Mays‚ 5-3‚ for his 307th career win‚ breaking Eddie Plank’s AL mark.
1916: At the Polo Grounds‚ Boston’s Babe Ruth goes 10 innings to defeat the Yankees‚ 4-3 in his first start against his future club. The Babe gives up 2 earned runs on 8 hits‚ but is hitless at the plate.
1904: New York Highlanders pitcher Jack Chesbro posts the first of what will be 41 wins on the season, a post-1900 major league record that still stands.
1883: Russ Ford, pitcher for the Highlander/Yankees from 1909 to 1913, is born.