5/28 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1946: The Yankees play their first night game at the Stadium. The Senators mar the occasion by winning 2-1.  Dutch Leonard gets the win for the Nats, and Clarence ‘Cuddles’ Marshall takes the loss for the home side.




On other 28ths of May…

2004: Mariano Rivera records the 300th save of his MLB career as the Yankees defeat the Devil Rays‚ 7-5‚ as  He is the 17th pitcher to reach the mark.



2000: Forbes magazine reports that the Yankees are worth $540 million‚ making them the most valuable team in baseball for the 3rd straight year.



1999: Darryl Strawberry pleads no contest to cocaine possession and solicitation charges‚ and is sentenced to 18 months probation.



1977: A Stadium crowd of 54‚881‚ on hand for Jacket Day‚ watch as the White Sox cuff Ron Guidry for 16 hits‚ en route to a 9-4 win over the Yankees.




1976: Hurlers Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez  lead the Yanks to a 9-5 win over the Tigers, holding Ron LeFlore hitless for the first time since April 17th. LeFlore had hit safely in 30 straight games‚ tying the third longest streak in club history.




1967: New York beats Cleveland‚ 5-0‚ and Mickey Mantle hits his second homer in two days‚ and his 11th of the season.




1961: After losing the first game 14-9 at home to Chicago‚ the Yankees take the nightcap 5-3 with the help of a Roger Maris homer. Maris’s 9th round tripper of the season is one of 27 hit in today’s 7 AL games-a record. Twelve more in 4 NL games make a total of 39‚ a one-day ML record for 11 games in the 2 leagues.



1960: Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus and high fever and will miss 13 games. New York goes 7-6 under interim manager Ralph Houk. Today the Yanks top the Senators‚ 5-1‚ behind Jim Coates’ 5th straight win. The game is scoreless until Mickey Mantle launches a 5th inning opposite field homer off Jim Kaat‚ who then walks three‚ hits two batters‚ and a serves up a Gil McDougald 2-run triple good for 3 runs. Later Mantle homers again‚ and Maris‚ leading the AL‚ also homers‚ the first time the two have hit round trippers together in a game.



1941: The Yankees edge the Washington Senators‚ 6-5‚ before 25‚000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. George Selkirk twinkles with a pinch grand slam‚ and Joe DiMaggio triples against Sid Hudson to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.


1939: Robert Joyce‚ who gave up two
homers to New York’s George Selkirk yesterday‚ relieves for the A’s.
Selkirk hits two more dingers off Joyce‚ giving him 4 HRs in 4 at bats
against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win‚ 9-5. The
Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell‚ who never came back after arm surgery
over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in ’40 and the
Braves in 1941.



1934: In St. Louis‚ Lou Gehrig hits a 6th inning homer‚ off Paul Andrews‚ then follows Babe Ruth’s 7th inning homer with another round tripper. The back-to-back homers‚ off Jack Knott‚ are the last the pair will combinegaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13-9 victory. New York get homers from Jack Saltgaver and Tony Lazzeri to rumble to a 13-9 victory.




1927: In his first starting assignment for the Yankees‚  Wilcy Moore loses a heartbreaker to the Senators 3-2 in the nitecap of a twinbill. Lou Gehrig is spiked at first by Bucky Harris as Firpo Marberry scores the winning run. The Yanks win the opener‚ 8-2‚ as Babe Ruth launches his 12th homer of the year‚ a 3-run shot. Tris Speaker plays most of game one despite having fractured  his left thumb in batting practice



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