5/21 in Yankee History
2009: Joba Chamberlain is knocked out of the game in the first inning with a bruised right knee after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Adam Jones. The Yankees still defeat the Orioles, 7 – 4, as Robinson Cano drives in three runs. Alfredo Aceves pitches 3 ⅓ scoreless innings in relief of Chamberlain to earn the Bombers’ 9th straight win.
2005: The Mets batter Randy Johnson for 9 hits in 3+ innings and beat the Yankees‚ 7-1. Kris Benson pitches into the 7th inning before being lifted for Dae-Sung Koo. Koo K’s two and then in the bottom of the inning hits a double over Bernie Williams’ head in center field. Koo goes to 3rd on a sac bunt and continues home when Jorge Posada is late covering the plate and scores sliding. Koo later admits he has not been on base in nearly 20 years.
1997: Roger Clemens fires Toronto past the Yankees‚ 4-1‚ for his 8th win of the year against no losses. The Rocket wins his 200th‚ the 94th pitcher in MLB history to reach the plateau.
1970: As the Yanks take on the Senators, a generous Mel Stottlemyre hands out 11 walks to Washington in 8 1/3 innings‚ but the Nats are unable to score. Steve Hamilton gets the last 2 outs to preserve the 2-0 win. The 11 walks in a shutout ties Lefty Gomez‚ who did complete his 1941 shutout. Danny Cater’s 2-run homer in the 5th accounts for the scoring off Dick Such‚ making his first ML start.
1967: Earl Wilson gives Detroit its third straight win over the Yankees‚ 9-4. Mickey Mantle hits his 5th homer in 6 games but it’s not enough for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last Major League game.
1963: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Roger Maris follows with another homer and New York win‚ 7-4.
1957: For his part in the Copacabana incident‚ Yankee outfielder Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim‚ Edward Jones‚ who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today’s game‚ Yogi Berra‚ Billy Martin‚ and Whitey Ford are benched‚ while Bauer bats 8th. The White Sox win‚ 3-1.
1956: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle belts a drive over the second and more distant fence in right to help the Yankees win‚ 8-5. The drive‚ off Moe Burtschy‚ matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.
1941: Bobby Cox, starting Yankee third baseman in 1968 before going on to managerial fame, is born. Happy birthday, Bobby!
1938: The power-laden Yankees give little support to starter Spud Chandler‚ but he hits a home run in the 8th to gain a 1-0 victory over Thornton Lee and the White Sox.
1932: Before 60‚000 at the Stadium‚ the Bronx Bombers roll over Washington‚ 14-2 and 8-0. Washington collect just 11 hits off Herb Pennock and Johnny Allen. In the opener‚ Babe Ruth hits a grand slam in the 5th off Lloyd Brown and he and Gehrig connect in the 6th off Frank Ragland. Tony Lazzeri is 6-for-7 on the afternoon‚ including a homer‚ 2 doubles and a triple.
1930: Babe Ruth hits three consecutive homers in the first game of a doubleheader against the A’s‚ then batting against Jack Quinn in the 9th‚ Ruth decides to hit right handed. After 2 strikes‚ he switches to lefty but strikes out. This is the first of two career 3-homer games for the Babe. Max Bishop draws 5 walks for the 2nd time in his career (he is the only player to do this twice)‚ and Jimmie Foxx homers to help the A’s to a 15-7 victory. Ruth is homerless in the 2nd game‚ a 4-1 Yankee loss‚ but Bishop has 3 more walks. Bishop will walk 8 times in a doubleheader in 1934‚ the only player to collect more than 6 walks in an afternoon
1923: Formal transfer of T. L. Huston’s interest in the Yankees to Jacob Ruppert is completed for $1.5 million. Ten days later Ruppert buys 2 more sets of uniforms so that his players can wear a clean outfit every day‚ an unprecedented move.
1904: (Not directly Yankee-related, but included because it’s always fun to laugh at the Red Sox ;->)
Boston shortstop Bill O’Neill puts himself in the record books by committing 6 errors in a 13 inning game, a 5-3 loss to the Browns. O’Neill makes errors in the first inning on the first three balls hit to him‚ and a 4th straight error with a misplay in the 2nd frame.
His final error is on an easy grounder in the 13th inning and allows two runs to score. O’Neill will be the only 20th century player to record 6 errors in a single contest.