5/01 in Yankee History

The red-letter day – 
1920: Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a Yankee, and the 50th of his career, in a 6-0 win over the Red Sox. The shot clears the right field roof of the Polo Grounds‚ duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a homer‚ both coming off Herb Pennock. During the game‚ Yankee bench hecklers Carl Mays, Ernie Shore and Frank O’Doul manage to get themselves ejected.





On other 1sts of May… 

2004: The Yankees rout the Royals 12-4‚ as Ruben Sierra hits 2 homers and drives in 7 runs. 




2001: Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win 4-0‚ for the Yanks. David Justice has a solo homer in the 6th off Eric Milton‚ the losing pitcher‚ and Jorge Posada adds RBI singles in the 7th and 9th. 
1996: The Yankees and Orioles continue their marathon ways‚ this one going 5 hours and 43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez,  whose homer snapped yesterday’s tie‚ parks a grand slam in the 15th to give Andy Pettitte, making a relief appearance, the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6 – just the 2nd Yankee to date get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag, in 1934‚ is the other. 


The O’s and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings‚ as both teams squander scoring opportunities‚ and New York survive 4 errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3-0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th – who is promptly picked off – and sits for the last 7 innings‚ the longest stretch he has rested in 2‚180 games. 


1992: Early ’70s Yankee utility infielder Celerino Sanchez dies in Mexico City at the age of 48 from a ruptured aneurysm.

Celerino Sanchez1.jpg


1991: In a game against the Yankees, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock’s all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him‚ Henderson modestly proclaims‚ “Lou Brock was certainly a great base stealer‚ but today I’m the greatest of all time.” In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan Henderson had been the victim of Ryan’s 5‚000th career strikeout.



1960: The Yankees use three pitchers – Bill Stafford‚ Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges – to beat the White Sox 6-1 on a combined two hitter. Chicago’s first hit doesn’t come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox lines a lead  off base hit. 



1956: Mickey Mantle takes Steve Gromek deep in the first inning at the Stadium‚ and New York roll to a 9-2 win over Detroit. Hank Bauer also homers as Whitey Ford hurls his third complete game win of the campaign. 


1951: At Comiskey Park, the Yankees’ new phenom Mickey Mantle connects for his first Major League home run, off Randy Gumpert. Minnie Minoso  becomes the first black to wear the White Sox uniform. He plays third base, and‚ facing Vic Raschi in his first MLB at bat‚ slams a homer to straightaway center. The Yanks win 8-3‚ with Mantle collecting 3 RBIs.



1937: Joe DiMaggio make
s his return as a starter after missing six games‚ and strokes three hits against Rube Walberg. New York tip the Red Sox 3-2.




1934: At Washington‚ the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a 3-run lead in the first‚ but he can’t hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the score tied at 3 apiece. New York score 5 runs in the 9th to win it for George Uhle‚ 10-5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2‚ 1932‚ when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats. 

        Danny MacFayden 


1932: The Yankees reacquire relief ace Wilcy Moore from the Red Sox. 




1927: The Yankees ride the Ruth-Gehrig tandem to a 7-3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs out a first inning homer off Jack Quinn, and Gehrig hits one off him in the 6th. The Babe comes back in the 8th with another roundtripper‚ this one off Rube Walberg as New York take over undisputed possession of first place.




1919: In Boston’s home opener‚ the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win‚ 7-3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits‚ 3 errors‚ a wild pitch‚ and 2 walks. George Mogridge (below) gets the win for New York.



1908: In New York’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals‚ Kid Elberfeld is severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley, essentially ending the season of the Highlander shortstop. He’ll go to bat just 56 times this year. 


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