4/27 in Yankee History
The red-letter day:
1947: Today is Babe Ruth Day at all Major League parks. A crowd of 58,339 at the Stadium honour the ailing slugger. A frail Babe, choking back tears, tells the “kids of America” that “the only real game in the world is baseball. In this game you have to come up from youth. You’ve got to start way down at the bottom if you’re going to be successful like those boys over there.” pointing to the Yankee dugout. “There’s so many lovely things said about me, I’m glad I had the opportunity to thank everybody.” The program was broadcast nationwide and piped into all the ball parks. Ruth receives a bronze plaque with his image on it from the AL: the NL’s gift is a leather book with signatures of all the players in the league. The Yankees lose to Sid Hudson and the Washington Senators 1-0, but move into first place as the White Sox lose two. Hudson scores the only run after singling.
On other 27ths of April…
1996: David Cone misses his first scheduled start in 9 years owing to a numbness in his pitching hand that will eventually turn out to be the result of an aneurysm. Dwight Gooden fills in capably with six innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball, but the bullpen will come up short, surrendering 4 runs in the 9th to the visiting Twins, who win 8-6.
1993: Jimmy Key holds the Angels to one hit in pitching the Yanks to a 5-0 victory. A 6th inning single by Gary DiSarcina is California’s only safety.
1981: The Cubs trade C Barry Foote to the Yankees for minor leaguer Tom Filer and cash. Foote was 0-for-22 with the Cubs this year.
Yankee reliever Dick Tidrow gives up back-to-back pinch home runs to Seattle’s Bob Stinson and Dan Meyer in the 8th as the Mariners edge the Bombers 6-5.
1977: The Yankees obtain pitcher Mike Torrez from the A’s in exchange for pitcher Dock Ellis, infielder Marty Perez, and outfielder Larry Murray. Torrez will have a fine season in New York before signing with Boston as a free agent.
1975: In the opening game of a Yankees-Brewers doubleheader, Hank Aaron hits a left field double off Dick Tidrow, tying Babe Ruth’s career RBI record (later revised) of 2,209. The Brewers win 7-0. Aaron brings no one across in game 2, as the Yanks roll 10-1.
1956: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits a shot to dead center that strikes the bleachers and caroms back onto the playing field. Red Sox center fielder Jimmy Piersall plays the ball and fires to third to hold the hustling Mantle to a triple. Stengel charges out to argue that the ball is a home run and gets tossed for his efforts. The Sox win 6-4.
1955: Hank Bauer and Andy Carey, the first two Yankee hitters, homer to deflate White Sox pitcher Virgil Trucks. But the Sox knock the wheels off Whitey Ford and 3 relievers for 14 hits to win 13-4 and regain first place in the AL.
1945: At the Stadium, Frank Crosetti hits a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th, but the Yankees still fall short as George Myatt leads the Senators to a 6-4 win over the home side. Myatt has a walk, four hits, three stolen bases, two runs and two RBIs to back Mickey Haefner’s pitching.
1935: The Yankees edge the A’s 9-8, led by Ben Chapman’s 4 hits, including a double and home run. The A’s score 4 in the 9th but Bob Johnson ends the game by grounding into a double play. In the 1st, Jimmie Foxx lines into a triple play – Lazzeri to Gehrig to Crosetti.
1916: Future Hall of Famer Enos ‘Country’ Slaughter is born. Though best remembered for his years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Slaughter closed out his career with the Yankees. and was in left field when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the 1956 World Series
1903: The New York Highlanders are shut out for the first time, falling 6-0 to the A’s at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park. Future hall of Famer C.A. ‘Chief’ Bender administers the whitewash, as he goes the distance for the Mackmen.