5/29 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1995: Derek Jeter makes his Yankee debut. The much-heralded prospect makes a less than stellar impression, however, going 0 for 5 in a 12-inning, 8-7 loss at Seattle.
On other 29ths of May…
2009: On the road, the Yankees top the Indians 3-1. Mariano Rivera saves an Andy Pettitte win for the 58th time, setting a new record for a pitcher duo; the old mark had been held by Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch.
2000: At the Stadium, the Yankees defeat the A’s Omar Olivares 4-1 on Andy Pettitte’s 2-hitter. In the 6th inning‚ Oakland second baseman (and former Yankee) Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play‚ just the 11th in history‚ on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on first and second running with the pitch‚ Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears second‚ then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995‚ while with the Bombers‚ Velarde turned a UATP against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.
1997: In Toronto‚ Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer – his third in three games-and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto‚ 4-0. Jeff Nelson strikes out 3 Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.
Off the field, the Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu‚ signing the fireballer to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.
1982: At Minnesota‚ the Yanks put runners on first (Graig Nettles) and second (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Roy Smalley strikes out on a ball 4 pitch from Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal third. But Sal Butera’s throw beats him so badly that he retreats to second, only to find Nettles there. Gary Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base‚ and then throws to Kent Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to first. Murcer then tries for third again, and Hrbek’s throw to Felton covering completes the bizarre triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and will lose another 5 to finish his career with an 0-16 record.
1978: During a 2-0 Yankee victory at Cleveland, Billy Martin flies into a rage and heaves 2 handfuls of dirt on home plate umpire Terry Cooney’s back after being ejected for arguing ball and strike calls. He will be suspended by AL president Lee MacPhail for a week.
1976: Jerry Hairston jr. is born. Happy 36th, Jerry!
1965: Mike McNally, utility infielder for the first three Yankee pennant winners, and the first man to start at third base for the team in a World Series game, dies at the age of 72.
1961: At Fenway‚ Ike Delock outduels Whitey Ford to beat the Yankees‚ 2-1. New York’s only tally is provided by Mickey Mantle’s first homer in two weeks.
1956: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle’s becomes t he first Yankee base runner in the 7th when he draws a walk off Willard Nixon‚ and the Mick’s 2-out 9th inning homer deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. Boston win 7-3 in the Bronx.
1942: Lefty Gomez‚ self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball‚ bangs out 4 hits in pitching a 4-hit‚ 16-1 victory over Washington. They are his last Major League safeties. Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits to the Yankee cause as well.
1934: The Yankees purchase – some would say rent – veteran spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, the Yanks will release Grimes and the Pirates will reobtain him.
1928: At the Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington‚ 3-2 and 12-3. A bases-loaded triple by leo Durocher (below) in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win.
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd‚ off Washington starter Milt Gaston‚ then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Earle Combs also goes long.
1927: In a loosely played game in the Bronx, the Yanks swamp the Red Sox‚ 15-7‚ plating 7 runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth launches his 13th homer‚ off Danny MacFayden‚ while catcher Johnny Grabowski is 4-for-4 with a walk. Dutch Ruether is ineffective‚ serving up gopher balls to Bosox backstop Grover Hartley in the 2nd and to Fred Haney in the 3rd. The Sox give it back in the 4th with 3 walks‚ 2 errors‚ a single by Bob Meusel and a double by Mark Koenig‚ to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield‚ pitching 2/3 of the 4th‚ takes the loss.
1922: Against Philadelphia‚ the Yankees tally 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Athletics‚ 7-4. Carl Mays is the winner‚ notching his 20th straight victory over the A’s.
1910: George McQuinn, starting first baseman on the Yankees’ 1947 championship team, is born .