5/07 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1921: Bob Meusel becomes the first Yankee to hit for the cycle. He connects for a 2-run third inning home run off Walter Johnson, and his triple with 2 on beats the Senators 6-5 in the 9th. Babe Ruth strikes out 3 times against Johnson‚ then poles a homer in the 8th that lands in a tree outside of right field. Former President Woodrow Wilson is on hand for the action in Washington.
On other 7ths of May…
2009: At the Stadium, Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers off Mariano Rivera in a 9th inning that began with the teams tied 6-6. The Yanks were behind early, but came back to level the match on Johnny Damon’s two-run double and two-run home run, A rare Mariano meltdown makes it all for naught, though.
2006: The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000th win as Yankee manager. He is the fourth man in the job to reach the level, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.
1996: The first-place Yankees score 8 runs in the 6th inning to beat the hapless Tigers‚ 12-5. Paul O’Neill goes 2-for-3 to raise his average to .384‚ and Ruben Sierra drives home 4 runs. After the game‚ the Yankee players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone has been experiencing numbness in his pitching hand as a result.
1970: Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 7-3 Yankee win over Oakland.
1966: With the Yankees off to a 4-16 start, General Manager Ralph Houk fires Johnny Keane and reinstalls himself in the dugout. New York will win 13 of the next 17 under Houk.
1959: The Los Angeles Coliseum is jammed by 93‚103 on Roy Campanella Night for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. This is the largest crowd in ML history. The Yanks win 6-2.
1957: As the Yankees take the Indians in Cleveland, Gil McDougald hits a wicked line-drive in the 1st inning that strikes the Tribe’s Herb Score in the right eye. Score‚ with a broken nose and lacerations‚ is carried off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game‚ 2-1. Score will return the following year, but his mechanics will never be the same.
1955: Powered by Elston Howard’s first Major League homer‚ and Mickey Mantle’s tie breaker to straightaway center in the 8th‚ the visiting Yanks move past the Red Sox 9-6. The Yanks spot Boston a 5-0 lead before roaring back with three in the 9th.
1954: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra go ‘back to back and belly to belly’ in the 7th to pin a 2-0 loss on the A’s Morrie Martin.
1939: Joe Gordon (below) smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15-4 hosing of the White Sox.
Red Ruffing once again finds himself sitting on a cushion – in his last start, the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.
1929: Yankee southpaw (and birthday boy) Tom Zachary wins a 6-5 game in relief at St. Louis‚ the first of his 12 victories without a loss for the year‚ a ML record. No pitcher will win more games in a season without losing one. His batterymate‚ rookie Bill Dickey‚ helps out with his first major league homer‚ off General Crowder.
1927: At Comiskey Park‚ Lou Gehrig christens the new right field pavilion by parking a 9th inning grand slam there‚ off Ted Lyons. It is the 1st homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8-0 win behind Herb Pennock.
1913: New York’s Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers‚ allowing just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Ty Cobb strikes out his first two times up‚ then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win 6-0.
1906: During the Highlanders’ 7-2 win over visiting Washington‚ home plate umpire Tim Hurst punches New York manager Clark Griffith in the mouth after Griffith accidentally steps on his shoe during a 10-minute argument following a close play in the 5th inning. Griffith is tossed today but Hurst will be suspended for 5 days.
1903: At the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the New York and Boston AL franchises play each other for the first time. Lewis ‘Snake’ Wiltse (below) gets the ball for the Highlanders, while Bill Dineen gets the start for the future Red Sox, currently known as the Americans. Boston win 6-2 in 1 hour 38 minutes.