5/23 in Yankee History
2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 7-3 as Derek Jeter gets 5 hits‚ including a double and a home run. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss‚ going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. Andy Pettitte is the winner.
1979: The Yankees trade pitchers with the Cubs‚ sending Dick Tidrow to Chicago for Ray Burris. Tidrow will regain his form in the Windy City‚ while Burris will be just 1-3 in pinstripes before being banished to the Mets.
1964: At the Stadium, the Angels score 4 in the first‚ and the Yankees counter with 5 in the bottom of the inning off Bo Belinsky. That’s all the scoring for the pinstripers as the Angels win 9-5. This is only the second game this season that the injury-plagued Yanks have started their regular outfield of Mickey Mantle‚ Roger Maris and Tom Tresh (below). Mantle will pull a muscle on the 26th‚ keeping him out of the lineup for 2 weeks.
1962: Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in AL history to hit 2 homers in one inning. New York’s 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13-7.
1957: At Ebbets Field‚ the Yanks top the Dodgers‚ 10-7‚ in the Mayor’s Trophy game. Al Cicotte allows 2 hits in 6 innings‚ and smacks two himself. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5.
1956: Former Yankee manager Buck Showalter is born. Happy 56th, Buck!
1954: At New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s three run homer in the 3rd ties the game‚ but the Commerce Comet strikes out for the final out of the game‚ and Boston wins‚ 10-9.
1948: Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive home runs in a 6-5 first-game Yankee win against the Indians. The first 2 home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black‚ the Indians take the nightcap‚ 5-1‚ to preserve their hold on first place.
1947: The Yankees beat Boston‚ 9-0‚ as Allie Reynolds fires his 2nd two-hit shutout over the Red Sox in a month. Harry Dorish is the loser.
1946: The Yankees deflate Virgil Trucks with homers in the 5th inning by DiMaggio and Nick Etten. Joe Gordon then greets reliever Hal White with the Yankees 3rd consecutive HR‚ and the Bombers roll over Detroit 12-6.
1936: Tony Lazzeri hits 3 homers‚ 2 in the nitecap‚ good for 4 RBI as the visiting Yankees pound the Athletics‚ 12-6 and 15-1. The crowd of 24‚240‚ one of the largest in several seasons‚ pelt the field with cushions‚ bottles and other articles‚ making play difficult. Bill Dickey‚ Ben Chapman‚ Red Rolfe‚ and Frank Crosetti also homer for NY.
1927: Despite back-to-back first inning home runs by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig off Sloppy Thurston‚ Murderers’ Row goes down to the Senators 3-2.
1924: Former Yankee coach and front office man (as well as interim manager in 1982) Clyde King is born.
1920: After a week in bed with illness‚ Babe Ruth returns to belt a two run homer in the 6th off Carl Weilman to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the visiting Browns. Baby Doll Jacobson’s two run homer in the 4th is the only Browns scoring off Bob Shawkey.