5/17 in Yankee History
The red-letter day-
1998: David Wells hurls the 13th perfect game in modern major league history with a 4-0 win over Minnesota. Wells fans 11 batters in his masterpiece. Bernie Williams strokes 3 hits for New York‚ including a home run.
On other 17ths of May…
2002: After the Twins score 3 times in the top of the 14th‚ the Yankees come back to win‚ 13-12‚ on Jason Giambi’s one-out grand slam‚ hitting the first pitch from reliever Mike Trombley over the right field fence. It is the 21st time in history that a player has hit a walkoff grand slam with his team down by three runs. Babe Ruth‚ in 1925‚ was the only previous Yankee to have performed the feat. Giambi’s shot is one of 6 by New York as each team has 20 hits. The last time that two teams reached 20 hits was also on May 17, in 1996. Baltimore beat Seattle‚ 13-12 on 41 hits total.
1977: Sparky Lyle‚ in relief of Ron Guidry‚ pitches 6 scoreless innings and the Yanks push across 3 runs in the 15th to defeat Oakland‚ 5-2.
1967: Behind 8-2 to the Indians at the Stadium‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning. The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the right field bleachers. New York fall short‚ losing‚ 8-7.
1964: In the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s at home, Mickey Mantle’s 2-run blast in the 1st starts the scoring and New York outscore KC 11-9. In the nightcap, Whitey Ford tosses a 4-hitter as the home side roll, 8-0.
1961: Rogers Maris connects for his 4th homer‚ and his first of the year at Yankee Stadium‚ against the Senators. The slugger will hit an incredible 24 homers in his next 38 games.
1953: In the first game of a twinbill, the Yanks and Browns use 41 players to set a new Major League record – the Bombers will use 23 men in winning 6-5 in 10 innings. The Browns jump on Whitey Ford‚ threatening to hand the lefty his first defeat ever as a starter‚ but 3 relievers bail him out. Don Larsen goes 9 1/3 for the Browns‚ with Mike Blyzka losing.
1947: The Yanks sweep a pair from the White Sox by 4-3 scores. Spec Shea wins the opener‚ collecting three hits and scoring two runs. Joe DiMaggio’s homer in the bottom of the 9th‚ off Gordie Maltzberger‚ is the winner. Bill Dickey’s brother George has a pair of hits and a stolen base for the White Sox. In the nitecap‚ George McQuinn has three hits and scores the winning run in the 8th to break up the pitching duel between Spud Chandler and Chicago’s Ed Lopat.
1913: In Chicago‚ 35‚000+ jam temporarily enlarged Comiskey Park on ‘Frank Chance Day.’ The Yankee manager is presented with a giant horseshoe of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gives him the keys to Chicago. Sox manager Callahan is given a small harp of green and white flowers. To the crowd’s roar of approval‚ Chance takes over at first from Hal Chase, but bounces out in his one turn at bat. The Sox beat the visitors‚ 6-3‚ behind Reb Russell. The 35‚000 crowd‚ kept down by the weather‚ are short of the AL mark set by the Yankees (38‚281) and even short of the Comiskey mark of 36‚308.
Chance signing his 1913 contract with Yankee co-owner Frank Ferrell