5/09 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1930: In a game between the Yankees and the Tigers at the Stadium, the outfielders of both teams make a total of only 2 putouts for an AL record that has never been equalled. The NL record for outfield idleness is one chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn‚ August 26‚ 1910). Detroit’s George Uhle strikes out 8 in winning‚ 5-4‚ and dropping the Yanks to 7th place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York hurlers.
On other 9ths of May…
2008: Don’t say we didn’t warn you… The Yankees recall kei Igawa from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 9, optioning righty reliever Chris Britton to AAA to make room for the embattled Japanese southpaw. Igawa takes the mound against the Tigers in Comerica Park and allows 6 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings. A spirited Yankee rally in the 9th falls short in the 6-5 loss.
1999: The Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-1. Reliever Mike Stanton makes his 1st major league start for New York, ending his major league record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his first start. The previous record of 443 was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.
1989: The Yankees beat the Rangers 5-3 at the Stadium, with Jesse Barfield contributing a 2-run homer. For the first time since April 10th‚ no Major League games are shutouts‚ ending a streak of 29 consecutive days with at least one whitewashing.
1981: For the second night in a row, Yankee pitching surrenders a walkoff homer to Seattle’s Tom Paciorek. The second shot is a 3-run dinger off Ron Davis giving the Mariners a 6-5 win over the visiting Bombers. The previous night‚ Paciorek led off the 9th with a homer off Rudy May to give Seattle a 3-2 win.
1966: At Minneapolis‚ the 6-20 Yankees edge the Twins‚ 3-2. Roger Maris‚ Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone‚ with the
game-winner in the 9th inning‚ hit homers for New York.
1964: At Cleveland, Pedro Ramos gives up 4 home runs to New York – Tony Kubek‚ Mickey Mantle‚ Joe Pepitone‚ and Hector Lopez -as the Yanks win 6-2.
1958: After six straight home rainouts‚ the Yanks play their first home night game of the year‚ against Washington. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd with an inside-the-park solo homer off Pedro Ramos. New York roll to a 9-5 win.
1953: At Fenway, the first place Yanks beat the Red Sox 6-4. Mickey Mantle hits one homer off Bill Werle and is robbed of another when Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Sox bullpen in right-center field.
1949: Vic Raschi tosses a 5-hitter at Detroit, but the Tigers still set back the first-place Yankees 4-1‚ as Bengal hurler Ted Gray matches the performance of his opposite number. Dick Wakefield’s solo homer off Raschi completes the scoring by the home side.
1944: Joe McCarthy returns to the Yankee dugout after missing much of spring training and the early season due
1943: The Yankees take the opening game of a doubleheader with the A’s with a 13-1 thrashing behind Spud Chandler (3-0). Chandler contributes a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning. Roy Weatherly is 5-for-5 with a triple and homer. His homer is followed by another from Charlie Keller. The A’s rebound to win game 2, 4-3, holding Weatherly hitless.
1940: The New York press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Ruppert estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front pages several times during the next year‚ but it never happens.
1903: The Boston Americans top the visiting Highlanders 12-5‚ with a little help from umpire Bob Caruthers‚ who tosses out New York pitcher Jesse Tannehill and second baseman Jimmy Williams for arguing balls and strikes.