5/03 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

1936: Playing in left field,  Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with the Yankees and has 3 hits, one a triple€š as New York rout St. Louis 14-5 at the Stadium. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Lou Gehrig and Ben Chapman collect 4 hits each and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make room,€š the Yankees waive outfielder Dixie Walker,€š who is hitting .350,€š to the White Sox.




On other 3rds of May…

2005: Robinson Cano makes his Major League debut. The rookie’s first appearance is a somewhat downbeat affair, though, as he goes hitless in  three trips to the plate. Meanwhile, Kevin Brown has one of his most inglorious days as a Yankee, surrendering hits to 8 of the first 9 Rays batters he faces at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay will jump out to a 6-0 lead, and then coast to an 11-4 win.



2000: The Major League Baseball Players Association again denies several major-leaguers, including Shane Spencer of the Yankees, admission to the union. The players crossed picket lines during the 1994-95 strike becoming replacement players. These players don’t pay union dues‚ receive full pension benefits‚ and can to use the Association’s grievance procedure. However‚ they do not receive a share of royalties from the sale of baseball merchandise.


1990: Yankee rookie Mike Blowers, handed the starting job at third base, ties an AL record by committing 4 errors at the hot corner in the struggling Bombers’ 10-5 loss to the Indians.





1986: Don Mattingly ties the ML record with 3 sacrifice flies in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Rangers.



1965: The Yankees trade John Blanchard (.147) and pitcher Roland Sheldon to Kansas City for C John Edwards. Edwards will replace the injured Elston Howard.



1956: Before 45,€š308 at the Stadium,€š Mickey Mantle homers for the third day in a row, but Kansas City hold on to win‚ 8-7. The Mick’s homer in the 5th is followed by blasts from Hank Bauer and Yogi Berra.



1952: The Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen€š along with outfielder Archie Wilson, pitcher Spec Shea,š and shortstop Jerry Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding outfielder Irv Noren and infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it,€š while Jensen,€š the former heir to DiMaggio’s spot,š will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an all-star.


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1951: In St. Louis,€š Gil McDougald hits a grand slam and a triple in the 9th€š as the Yanks score 11 runs in the inning to rout St. Louis€š 17-3. McDougald,€š destined to be Rookie of the Year,€š racks up 6 RBIs in the frame. Jackie Jensen follows McDougald’s triple with one of his own,€š then homers after Gil’s GS. Allie Reynolds is the winner




1950: Yankee hurler Vic Raschi,€š troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before delivery with men on base,€š balks 4 times in one game, a club record and 2 fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless,€š he wins 4-3€š over the White Sox. He’ll finish the season with 6 balks to tie the since-topped AL mark.





1922: New York mayor John F. Hylan orders extensive street closures in the south Bronx as construction of the future Yankee Stadium begins.



1915: Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 4th inning as New York double up the A’s  8-4.




1912: Trailing the A’s 18-5 going into the 9th at Shibe Park, the last place Highlanders come to life, unleashing a 10-run barrage against Philadelphia pitching. Future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank comes out off the bench to preserve the 18-15 win for the homesiders.



1907: In the ‘How times have changed…’ department: The dilatory tactics of the Highlanders’ Judd Doyle,€š whose well-earned
nickname is “Slow Joe€š”. lengthen a 10-inning game with the Athletics into the first modern major league game running over 3 hours (3 hours€š 7 minutes to be precise) New York win 4-3.




1904: Red Ruffing is born.



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