5/12 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1925: Yogi Berra is born. Happy birthday to a national treasure!
On other 12ths of May…
2009: Chien-Ming Wang, who has been struggling ever since coming back from a baserunning foot injury in ’08, is sent from the Yanks to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre to try to build some arm strength in the minors.
2002: The Yankees top Minnesota on Mother’s Day‚ 10-4‚ giving Joe Torre his 1‚500th career win as manager.
2001: The Yankees extend their hard-to-say major league record of 15 straight wins since the start of a season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles‚ 8-5‚ on Derek Jeter’s 3-run HR in the 8th. David Justice and Bernie Williams also homer for NY.
1996: The Yankees fall behind 8-0 to the White Sox at Comiskey Park, and then make it all the way back to win, 9-8. The comeback is completed by a 5- run Yankee 6th, keyed by 2-run doubles from Paul O’Neill and Joe Girardi.
1982: The Yankees send infielder Larry Milbourne, along with minor leaguers John Pacella and Pete Filson, to the Twins in exchange for catcher Butch Wynegar and pitcher Roger Erickson and cash. The Twins’ frugal owner‚ Calvin Griffith‚ is roundly criticized for the deals‚ in which he appears to be unloading high-salaried veterans at the expense of a winning ball club.
1962: Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and a homer to pace New York to a 9-6 victory at Cleveland.
1961: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚ Tiger player Rocky Colavito goes into the stands behind third base after a drunken fan who has been heckling the outfielder’s wife and father. Colavito is ejected‚ but the Tigers win in the 9th on pitcher Frank Lary’s home run. For Lary‚ it is his 25th win over the Yankees against just 8 losses.
1959: At the Stadium‚ Yogi Berra’s errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error in the 5th inning, throwing wild as he attempts to gun down Minnie Minoso stealing. Berra also homers‚ as do Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle‚ but New York lose 7-6 to the first-place Indians.
1953: Whitey Ford allows only rival pitcher Early Wynn’s infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians 7-0. The Yanks increase their lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Tribe.
1946: A crowd of 69‚401‚ the largest in Stadium history‚ watch the Yankees give the Red Sox 2 unearned runs and manage just 3 hits off Mickey Harris‚ and lose to Boston‚ 3-1. The Sox get just 3 hits off loser Spud Chandler.
Mickey Harris with Ted Williams and Rudy York before the game.
1940: Behind the six-hit pitching of Red Ruffing‚ the Yankees beat the Bosox‚ 4-0‚ and stop New York’s 8-game losing skid. New York (7-14) are still in last place while Boston (16-6) sit atop the AL.
1935: Felipe Alou, who played at first base and in the outfield for the Yankees in the early ’70s, is born. Happy 77th, F.A.!
1933: The Yankees sell pitcher George Pipgras and rookie shortstop Bill Werber to the Red Sox for $100,000.
1930: The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.
1919: After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before‚ the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision‚ going 15 innings in a 4-4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the second day in a row and ends his Major League career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.
1915: Yankee outfielder Roy Hartzell hits into a triple play, but his mates top the Indians anyway, 4-2.
1911: Playing against the Yankees at Detroit, Ty Cobb scores a run from first on a short single to right‚ scores from second on a wild pitch‚ then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York catcher Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate‚ the rest of the infield gathers‚ leaving Cobb untended at second. With no time out having been called‚ Cobb strolls to third base‚ and then ambles down the line to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players‚ he quickly slides in with what will prove to be the winning run. The Tigers take the game 6-5.
1897: Joe Dugan, third baseman for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.