4/28 in Yankee History
2007: With one more Yankee starter felled one batter into the game (Jeff Karstens has a fibula fractured by a line drive back into the box off the bat of Julio Lugo), Joe Torre goes to the bullpen for a long shot. Kei Igawa suprises everyone, turning in his finest performance to date. Igawa stills the Sox on two hits over six innings, and the Yanks win 3-1, Jorge Posada’s two-run homer providing the margin of victory.
1996: The Yankees top the Twins‚ 6-3‚ as Mariano Rivera pitches the last 3 innings for the win. Rivera has now thrown 9 hitless innings over his last three outings. Paul O’Neill‚ leading the A.L. in hitting‚ robs Paul Molitor of a homer in the 7th and then clouts one of his own. The Yankees pull ahead of Baltimore in the A.L. East.
1985: After the Yankees lose to the White Sox 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th‚ manager Yogi Berra is replaced by Billy Martin‚ who begins his 4th term in the job. The bad news is delivered to Yogi by pitching coach Clyde King‚ and a furious Berra vows to never set foot in Yankee Stadium as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner.
1969: Fritz Peterson shuts out the Red Sox‚ 1-0‚ stopping Boston’s team homer streak at 11 games and a record 27 blasts.
1953: A wild brawl occurs after the Browns’ Clint ‘Scrap Iron’ Courtney lines a ball off the right field wall and comes into to second spikes high on Phil Rizzuto in the 10th inning at St. Louis.
In the fracas‚ umpire John Stevens dislocates his collarbone. Six players are fined for their actions. Courtney was retaliating after being
knocked over in the top of the 10th when Gil McDougald scored the go-ahead run in an eventual 7-6 Yankee win. New York took a 5-0 lead on a 3-run homer by Mantle off Bob Cain in the 3rd‚ a moon shot that cleared the left field wall of the newly renamed Busch Stadium. The Browns tie the game at 6-6 to set the stage for the free-for-all that ends with a shower of bottles from angry fans. Outside the stadium‚ the Yankees need a police escort to board their bus. Courtney will be fined $250 for the fisticuffs‚ with five other players receiving lesser fines. The total of $850 in fines is the most ever for a brawl.
1950: The Yankees sell outfielder Dick Wakefield to the White Sox for OF John Ostrowski and cash. Wakefield‚ a hot hitter in 1943 who has since lost his sparkle‚ refuses to report unless the Sox restore a $5‚500 salary cut inflicted by the Yankees. Wakefield says the Yankees talked him into signing for $17‚500 with the “guarantee” that he’d earn $5‚000 as a World Series share. New York refuses to return Ostrowski and the Sox refuse Wakefield’s request. Happy Chandler rules in favor of the Sox and Ostrowski and Wakefield return to their teams.
1938: With 2 on and no out in the 9th‚ Yankee backup catcher Joe Glenn becomes the first Major League player in the 20th century to hit into a game-ending triple play, lining out to Jimmie Foxx who then starts the 3-6-3 triple killing. Red Sox pitcher Lefty Grove is the happy beneficiary‚ winning 6-1 over Lefty Gomez.
1935: Pedro Ramos, a late season acquisition in 1964, and a key contributor out of the bullpen to the Yankee pennant drive that year, is born. Happy 77th, P.R.!
1930: ’50s Yankee pitcher Tom Sturdivant, member of three pennant winners and one championship club, is born.
1926: The A’s Lefty Grove strikes out 11‚ but loses to Sam Jones and the Yankees‚ 3-0. Grove will win his next four against New York.
1925: Clarence ‘Cuddles’ Marshall, the Yankee starter in the first night game ever played at the Stadium (a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators on May 28th, 1946) is born.
1921: Senators steal. Sam Rice, Duffy Lewis and future Yankee skipper Bucky Harris (below) pull off a triple steal in the 1st, but Bomber bats are the difference as the Yanks win‚ 9-5.