May 2012

5/20 in Yankee History

2006: A uniform worn by Joe DiMaggio in his final World Series game is sold for $195,500 during the second day of an auction of his memorabilia. The previous day, DiMag’s 1947 AL MVP award plaque was sold for $281,750, which included a 15 %  buyer’s premium. It was his third MVP award, but it was the only plaque. The two-day auction features more than 1,000 items of Yankee Clipper memorabilia, also including a leather-bound album featuring autographs from DiMaggio’s teammates and members of the Red Sox, a typed note signed by Frank Sinatra, and a signed photo of DiMaggio’s one-time wife, Marilyn Monroe. The auction is held by Hunt’s Auctions Inc. in New York.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.



1976: At the Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski clubs 2 homers‚ giving him 5 in two games‚ to tie a ML mark. Boston win‚ 8-2. Boston pitcher Bill Lee injures his arm in a fight with Yankee players‚ ending up on the bottom of a pile of players. Lee never really recovers from the injury although he will win 16 games with the Expos in 1979. The brawl starts when Lou Piniella‚ running on Dwight Evans, is gunned down at the plate and barrels into Carlton Fisk. Both come up swinging and both benches clear. Lee then blames Martin for espousing a fighting style that brought the brawl on. In 2006, Lee gives an interview to the Marin Independent Journal where he recounts how the Red Sox treated his injury “They’re going, ‘Here take this, take this, take this.’ Afterwards I’ve got sterazolidin, butazolidin, Clenerol, Indicin. I’ve got everything in me. I can pitch in the American League, but I couldn’t run in the Kentucky Derby. Holy cow, I’m glowing in the dark.”



1959: The Yankees sink to last place for the first time since May 25‚ 1940‚ as Detroit drub them 13-6. Fittingly‚ it is Yankee Killer Frank Lary who wins it‚ improving his lifetime record against New York to 18-5.



1952: Playing center field and batting third, Mickey Mantle displays his switch-hitting skills by collecting two singles from each side of the plate. His first two hits are against righty Ken Holcombe, while the last two come off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Johnny Sain scatters six White Sox hits to win‚ 3-1.



1948: At Chicago‚ Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs‚ as the Yanks coast‚ 13-2. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit‚ but left fielder Ralph Hodgin makes a spectacular catch at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi’s pitching over Orval Grove,  who lasts 5 innings. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle. DiMag last cycled in 1937‚ when he also added a second homer:  He remains the only Yankee to cycle twice.



1946: A state Supreme Court justice has armed the Yankees with an injunction against the raiding Mexican League‚ and the Dodgers and the Cardinals have also turned to the courts for protection and damages. Before any of the relief becomes permanent‚ however, Max Lanier, Fred Martin and Lou Klein  jump back to the Redbirds.

Also off the field, future Yankee star and broadcaster Bobby Murcer is born. We miss you, Bobby – RIP.



1945: In St. Louis, Pete Gray stars as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, 10-1 and 5-2. Gray has 2 RBI on 3 hits in the opener‚ and in the nightcap he scores the winning run and hauls in 7 fly balls‚ 3 on spectacular catches.



1940: The Yankees slide back into last place‚ getting scalped by the Indians 10-2. Al Smith allows just 3 NY hits.


1934: Yankee prospect and San Francisco Seals (PCL) star Joe DiMaggio tears the cartilage in his left knee exiting from a jitney
taxi and will miss six weeks of action.



1925: At Cleveland, the Yankee bullpen collapses as the Indians score 6 runs in the last of the 9th to win 10-9. Tris Speakerscores the winning run from first on a single. Waite Hoyt takes the loss for the Bombers.


1922: Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy)‚ suspended on October16‚ 1921‚ by Judge Landis‚ are reinstated and return to the New York lineup, going hitless in New York’s 8-2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns‚ down 2-0 after 7‚ score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th‚ six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones‚ taking the throw at first from Wally Pipp,  apparently makes the third out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly in the judgement of plate ump Brick Owens, and the chief arbiter instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and‚ when the action resumes 15 minutes later‚ Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3-2. Walks to George Sisler and Ken Williams force home another run‚ and Baby Doll Jacobson  clears the bases with a grand slam into the right field stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits‚ including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak‚ while a severe Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.



1920: Infielder Wilson ‘Chick’ Fewster reports back to the Yankees.
Fewster was beaned in spring training and spent a month in a Baltimore
hospital.He will recover sufficiently to get the first hit in Yankee Stadium history on April 18, 1923, in a Red Sox uniform


1913: The Yankees obtain 22-year-old shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland‚ sending in exchange pitchers Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over 3 seasons‚ but will start in New York. The Yankees win today‚ beating the Browns 6-3‚ but St. Louis will shut out New York in the next 2 games.



1907: In the Highlanders’ 4-1 win over Boston, New York shortstop Kid Elberfeld becomes the first player in American league history to steal home twice in one game. The thefts account for half of his team’s total tallies.



1897: Wilcy Moore, mainstay of the Yankee bullpen on the championship teams of 1927 and ’28, is born.


5/19 in Yankee History

2006: In interleague play, David Wright wins the first Subway Series game of the year between the two New York City teams when he hits a two-out RBI single off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 7 – 6 victory over the Yankees.


2002: Roger Clemens is dominant in a 3-0 blanking of the Twins at the Stadium.  Not only does the Rocket equal Bert Blyleven on the all-time win list at 282, it is also his 99th career start with 10 strike outs or more, as he whiffs 13 while allowing five hits over eight.  Alfonso Soriano scores from first on a single in the 1st, and Robin Ventura closes the scoring with a two-run blast in the 6th. Matt Kinney is the hard-luck loser, and Mariano Rivera for the save.

2001: As the Yankees defeat the Mariners 2-1, both Ichiro Suzuki’s and Marty Cordova’s hit streaks end. Ichiro’s 23-game skein was the fifth longest hit streak recorded by a ‘true’ rookie.


1998: The Yankees defeat the Orioles‚ 9-5‚ in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore reliever Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th-inning home run by Bernie Williams.


1960: The Yankees send infielder Andy Carey to the A’s for slugger Bob Cerv. Cerv had been with the Yanks for 5 years before going to KC where he banged 38 HRs in 1958 and was chosen as the AL left fielder in the All Star game over Ted Williams. Cerv will be claimed in the expansion draft in 1960 and the Yanks will again reacquire him.


1957: At Yankee Stadium‚ New York knock out Bob Lemon and top Cleveland 6-3. Mickey Mantle hits a homer in the 6th inning rally‚ his 6th off the future Hall of Famer.

1954: Happy birthday to Rick Cerone, Yankee starting catcher during the first half of the ’80s, and front office man after his playing days.


1929: One of the darkest days in the history of Yankee Stadium.

In a game with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Jack Russell, but in the 5th, a cloudburst sends a standing-room-only crowd rushing for the exits. A stampede in the right field bleachers leaves 2 dead and 62 injured. Jake Ruppert vows never again to sell more tickets than seats. There are 2 outs in the 5th when the contest is stopped at 3-0.

1928: Gil McDougald, all-purpose utility infielder for the great Yankee teams of the ’50s, is born.


1910: The Highlanders overcome losing a base runner in the 10th inning to a hidden ball trick and beat Cleveland‚ 4-3. Hal Chase (below) is the victim when first baseman George Stovall nabs him.


5/18 in Yankee History

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1946: Reggie Jackson is born. Happy birthday, Mr. October!


On other 18ths of May…

2005: The Mariners defeat the Yankees‚ 7-6‚ to snap New York’s 10-game winning streak. Tom Gordon takes the loss for the Bombers.


2001: The Yanks stop Seattle’s 8-game win streak by a 14-10 margin. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 ribbies. John Halama is the loser with 7 runs in 3 IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with 2 steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.


1999: Joe Torre returns to the dugout for the first time since being treated for prostate cancer. The Red Sox spoil the party, however, by beating the Yankees 6-3 behind Pedro Martinez.

1976: The Yankees trade  pitcher Ken Brett and outfielder Rich Coggins to the White Sox for outfielder Carlos May.

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1974: Former Yankee co-owner Dan Topping (right) dies at the age of 61.



1969: Joe Pepitone is the Yankees’ offense today as his mates sweep the Angels 3-1 and 1-0. Pepi hits a 3-run homer in game 1 to give Mel Stottlemyre the victory and his walkoff blast  in the nitecap off Hoyt Wilhelm hands the victory to reliever Steve Hamilton.



1962: Mickey Mantle suffers a groin strain and torn muscles in his right thigh‚ and injures his left knee trying to leg out an infield hit that becomes the final out of New York’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota. He will be sidelined for a month.



1956: Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career‚ eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and the Dixie Howell‚ the second tying the game. Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ the AL’s top home run hitters‚ combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 8-7 in 10 innings.



1955: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle’s 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox‚ 11-6. In the play before Mantle’s blast‚ a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd‚ leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.


1947: Early Yankee star Hal Chase dies at the age of 64.


1940: The Yanks vacate last place by beating the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Monte Pearson’s 2-hitter.



1930: George Pipgras tosses his third shutout of the season as the Yankees again back his pitching by bombing the Red Sox 11-0 in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the right field bleachers‚ one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.



1926: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚ rookie sensation Tony Lazzeri clouts a long drive over center fielder Johnny Mostil’s head that he will leg out for an inside-the-park grand slam, as the Yanks come from behind to beat the White Sox 5-3



1919: The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard‚ acquired in December from Boston‚ to Detroit.



1909: The Yankees sell infielder Neal Ball to the Cleveland Naps. On the 19th of July, in a game against the Red Sox, Ball will execute the first unassisted triple play in modern MLB history.

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5/17 in Yankee History

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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

5/16 in Yankee History

2006: The Yankees bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 14-13. The comeback matches the biggest in Yankees history. Jorge Posada hits the walkoff homer with Johnny Damon aboard, and Mariano Rivera registers his first win of the year. 



1985: Former Yankee pitcher Johnny Broaca dies at age 75.  


                         The 1936 Yankees – Broaca is in the top row, third from the left


1984: Dave Winfield delivers the first of the two walkoff homers that he will hit in a Yankee uniform. In the bottom of the 10th, with Don Mattingly aboard, Winfield blasts one into the left field seats off the A’s Bill Caudill for a 7-6 win.


1976: The Yankees send pitcher Larry Gura to Kansas City for catcher Fran Healy. Healy’s best moment will come as a mediator between Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin, and later in the radio booth‚ while Gura will help KC to the 1978 playoffs with a 16-4 record. 



 1964: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits his 13th homer of the year‚ off Joe Grzenda‚ and New York pounds the A’s‚ 10-6.


1957: The Yankees top Kansas City 3-0 behind Bob Turley’s four-hit shutout. Mickey Mantle has a single‚ two walks‚ and a homer to back Bob Turley’s 4-hit 3-0 shutout over the A’s. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game. 



1956: On a blustery day in Cleveland‚ the Yankees beat the Indians 4-1. Mickey Mantle hits a homer off Bud Daley‚ while his pal Billy Martin is benched for the first time. Bobby Richardson takes his place at second. 



1954: The Orioles draw a record Memorial Stadium crowd of 46‚796 for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Allie Reynolds wins the opener for New York‚ 2-0‚ on a 3-hitter‚ before Don Larsen stops the Yankees 6-2 in the nitecap. 



1953: At Yankee Stadium‚ White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5-3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.



1951: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle drives in four runs and scores three as New York rout the Indians‚ 11-3. Mantle connects for the first of his 206 homers at the Stadium‚ the blast coming off Dick Rozek. 



1941: The Yankees bench Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy‚ putting back Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti. New York then rally in the 9th to beat the White Sox‚ 5-4. Joe DiMaggio contributes a triple and a solo homer. 



1932: The Yankees record their 4th straight shutout to equal the record set by Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906. Johnny Allen‚ George Pipgras‚ Red Ruffing‚ and Lefty Gomez are the hurlers. Lefty stops Cleveland on 5 hits to win‚ 8-0‚ New York’s fifth shutout in 7 games. 



1928: Billy Martin is born. 



1927: Yankee left fielder Bob Meusel swipes second, third and home in the 3rd inning as New York top Detroit‚ 6-2. Lou Gehrig contributes a homer and 2 doubles to back Dutch Ruether’s pitching. 



1921: Jacob Ruppert and T.L. Huston‚ the two owners of the Yankees‚ make their final payment for $500‚ 000 to complete the purchase of the Bronx property for the new Yankee Stadium. The sale was made by the William Waldorf Astor estate‚ owners of the property. 



1907: The Highlanders swap pitcher Walter Clarkson and outfielder Frank Delahanty – both siblings of future Hall of Famers – to Cleveland for pitcher Earl Moore. New York are hoping that Moore will return to the form he showed before a Highlander line drive injured his foot in August 1905. But after making  just six appearances this season‚ New York will waive him to the Phillies where he will regain his form in 1909. New York lose to Detroit today‚ 1-0. 




5/15 in Yankee History

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1941: Joe DiMaggio gets a single in 4 at bats against Ed Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D’s hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees are thrashed 13-1. Taffy Wright homers and drives in 4 White Sox runs‚ the 8th straight game in which he’s driven in a run.



On other 15ths of May…

1996: The Mariners spot the Yankees 4 runs‚ then hammer starter Jimmy Key and 5 other pitchers for 19 hits to win 10-5. Seven Mariners collect two or more hits‚ and Edgar Martinez drives in 4 runs. A wild Key takes his 5th straight loss‚ while Mariano Rivera records four outs to stretch his scoreless innings streak to 21 2/3. The Yanks will place Key on the 15 day DL.


Off the field, the Yanks outbid four other American teams and sign Japanese pitcher Katsuhiro Maeda to a $1.5 million contract. The Yanks obtain the fastballer from the Seibu Lions for more than $350‚000. Maeda‚ who has his hair dyed orange‚ was 0-2 with the Lions in 1995‚ but refused to sign for the 1996 season unless he was traded to a U.S. team.


1965: At Memorial Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle slices an opposite field homer in the 8th inning off Dick Hall to give New York a 3-2 win over the Orioles.

1963: Down 4-0 to the Twins‚ Mickey Mantle hits a two run homer off Pedro Ramos to put the Yankees on the board. Mantle later scores the winning run as New York wins‚ 4-3.


1955: At the Stadium, Irv Noren hits an inside-the-park grand slam in an 8-4 Yankee victory over the A’s. New York win the nitecap to sweep the A’s. Mickey Mantle goes 4-for-9 for the afternoon and is hitting .311.

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1950: The Yankees sell veteran outfielder Johnny Lindell to the Cardinals and pitcher Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall to the Browns.



1935: Lou Gehrig steals home in a 4-0 Yankee win over the Tigers. It is the 15th and last time the Iron Horse will swipe the dish, always on the front end of a double steal.


1922: In a 4-1 win at the Polo Grounds‚ Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to Yankee shortstop Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. But official scorer John Kieran of the New York Tribune gives an error to Scott. At the season’s end‚ the AL official records‚ based on AP box scores‚ list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully‚ claiming it should be .399‚ based on the official scorer’s stats. Lieb will reverse himself at the end of the year‚ but Ban Johnson goes with the hit call.


1920: At New York,  the Yankees beat Cleveland‚ handing Stan Coveleski (7-1) his first loss of the year. Pitcher Jack Quinn hits a homer off Coveleski with a man on in the 8th to win‚ 2-0. Quinn allows just 4 hits with only one runner getting past first base. Babe Ruth is 0-for-1‚ though the official scorer’s card has him at 0-for-2‚ a discrepancy that will not be corrected till 2005.

1912: Ty Cobb charges into the stands at Hilltop Park and attacks a crippled heckler named Claude Lueker. Other New York fans and Tigers mix it up before order is restored‚ and Ban Johnson suspends Cobb indefinitely for the incident. The visitors win the contest‚ 8-4.



1911:Ring Lardner writes in the New York Daily News: ‘They are using a new ball this year. It’s livelier and that means more hitting‚ and more hitting means longer games‚ and that’s the devil. It appears to be impossible to finish a game in less than two hours.’


5/14 in Yankee History

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1996: Dwight Gooden‚ on the verge of being released by the Yankees just two weeks ago‚ twirls a no-hitter to sink the Mariners‚ 2-0. Dr. K walks two in the 9th‚ but retires Ken Griffey‚ Jr.‚ fans Jay Buhner‚ and induces Paul Sorrento to pop out to end it. Gerald Williams saves the no-hitter when he runs down a 400-foot Alex Rodriguez liner in the first inning and turns it into a double play. Gooden (2-3) has now thrown 16 straight innings of hitless ball.


1967: Mickey Mantle becomes the 6th member of the 500-HR club in New York’s 6-5 win against Baltimore. Mantle connects batting left-handed off Stu Miller.



On other 14ths of May…

2005: Kevin Brown allows 5 runs in 6 innings but still wins his 100th AL game as the Yankees pummel Oakland‚ 15-6. Brown has now won 100 games in each league‚ the 9th player to do so. He’s backed by homers from Derek Jeter‚ A-Rod‚ Jorge Posada‚ and Tino Martinez‚ who drives in 5 runs.



1997: In Minneapolis‚ Paul O’Neill ties the score with an RBI double in the ninth‚ then homers in the 12th inning to lead the Yanks to a 6-5 win over the Twins. O’Neill doubles off Rick Aguilera‚ and hit his seventh homer of the season off Eddie Guardado. O’Neill also makes an error‚ his 2nd in 6 days: he had gone 235 straight games without an error. Tino Martinez adds his 16th homer‚ as Brian Boehringer (2-2) pitches one inning for the win. 



1980: TheYankees receive 14 free passes from the  Royals’ pitching staff in a 16-3 win‚ as New York outhit KC by one‚ 12-11. Reliever Gary Christenson is the main culprit‚ walking 7 batters in just 1 2/3 innings. Infielder Jerry Terrell makes his second career pitching appearance‚ taking the mound for the last inning and giving up no runs and a walk.

      Gary Christenson with his pitching coach


1977: At Anaheim Stadium, Don Gullett outduels Nolan Ryan to give New York a 4-1 victory over California.



1961: The Yankees sweep a pair from Detroit‚ taking the opener with Jim Coates pitching the 11th inning for the win. Coates pitches another 5 innings of relief to win the nitecap as well, becoming the last Yankee hurler to date to register two wins on the same day.



1957: The ‘Battle of the Copacabana’

     Tomorrow is meant to be an off day‚ but a rained out game with the A’s is rescheduled. A  group of Yankees go ahead anyway with a planned party and celebrate Billy Martin’s 29th birthday in a raucous fashion. An ensuing fight at Manhattan’s Copacabana Club leads to $5‚500 in fines and the eventual trade of Billy to Kansas City. Hank Bauer allegedly starts the fight by punching a patron‚ although Bauer denies it. The Yanks fine Bauer, Martin, Whitey Ford‚ Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle $1‚000 each and Johnny Kucks $500.



1956: Future Yankee manager Bob Lemon tops the Bombers  for the second  time in four days to give the Indians a 3-2 win at Cleveland. New York’s only scoring comes in the 4th when Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit back-to-back homers



1947: Dick Tidrow, ’70s Yankee pitcher, is born. Happy 65th, Dirt!



1936: Joe DiMaggio bangs three doubles and single to pace the visiting Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Browns. DiMag will end the season with a .323 batting average‚ and a .352 OBA‚ still below the league OBA average of .363. The Browns shut out the Yanks yesterday to break their 13-game losing streak.



Off the field, future Yankee player, coach and manager Dick Howser is born.



1924: It’s Babe Ruth Day at the Stadium‚ as the Bambino receives the AL MVP Award for 1923. He is then held to a single as the Browns spoil the occasion with an 11-1 drubbing of the hosts. 



1923:  Paced by Wally Pipp’s grand slam‚ the Yankees score 8 runs in the 12th against the Tigers‚ to put the game away. Detroit come back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to set an AL mark (later tied) for most runs in that frame.

            Wally Pipp


1920: The Yankees are notified by the Giants’ management that after the 1920 season‚ the lease allowing the American Leaguers to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed. No reason is given, but the recent signing of Babe Ruth appears to be the main cause. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert responds that the Giants‚ ‘have gone back on their word.’ The Giants cave in a week later‚ but by then Ruppert has initiated plans to obtain a site for his own park.



1899: Earle Combs, center fielder for the great Yankee teams of the ’20s, and Hall of Famer, is born. 


5/13 in Yankee History

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1929: In Cleveland‚ fans have no trouble telling the players apart‚ as both teams wear numbers on their uniform backs for the first time in Major League history. The Indians beat the Yanks 4-3‚ despite a homer by New York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th‚ Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York‚ it is their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.



                                         The 1929 Yankees 

On other 13ths of May…

2001: The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them up 10-5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the 9th to tie‚ but the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the top of the 11th to win. The big hit in the worst blown save of the Yankee closer’s career is Jeff Conine’s HR.



2000: The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres‚ 6-2‚ as Todd Stottlemyre wins the 136th game of his career. His dad, Mel, won 164 games in a 10-year career spent entirely with the Yankees, and the two now become the first father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.




1997: Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees’ 7-run 6th inning‚ as New York beat the Twins 11-2. Bernie Williams belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2-2 tie. Martinez’s homer‚ his 15th‚ leaves him one behind Ken Griffey and puts him in select Yankee company: only Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions have won 17 of their last 23‚ while the Twins lose for the 16th time in 20 games. 


1977: Ed Figueroa pitches his fourth straight complete game‚ and Thurman Munson cracks a 7th inning homer to lead New York to a 3-0 win over the Angels.


1973: In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees tie a Major League  record by hitting 4 solo homers in a shutout game in which no other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on August 2‚ 1956. Roy White‚ Bobby Murcer‚ Ron Blomberg and Graig Nettles all go long in the 4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score zero when Eddie Watts contributes 4 innings of relief.  The Orioles win‚ 9-6. 


1955: It’s Friday the 13th, and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career. In all‚ Mantle has 3 roundtrippers‚ the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek‚ and the third off Bob Miller‚ all to the deep reaches of the bleachers in right center. The Mick adds a single to complete a total of 5 RBIs, accounting for all of his team’s runs as New York beat Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Tony Lazzeri (1927)‚ Ben Chapman (1932)‚ and Bill Dickey (1939) as the  only Yanks to hit three homers in a game at the Stadium. 


1951: At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park‚ Mickey Mantle hits his first rightyhomer‚ off Alex Kellner‚ in the majors‚ then makes the last out by
popping up his bunt attempt with the tying run on 3rd. The A’s win 5-4‚ then win the nitecap as well. Mantle has no homers in the 2nd game loss‚ but misses 2nd base on a hit.



1947: The Yankees pound the Browns 9-1 with Charlie Keller‚ Joe DiMaggio  and Johnny Lindell combining for consecutive homers off
starter Fred Sanford in the 6th inning. 


1946: The Yankees become the first Major League team to sign a contract with an airline to fly on a regular basis‚ as they take a United flight to 3jirl ~ St. Louis to take on the Browns. Red Ruffing a d four others choose to take the train.



1945: Atley Donald is victorious over the Indians 1-0 in 10 innings when New York break through against pitcher Red Embree. A walk‚ a bunt single‚ a sac bunt and a sac fly by Russ Derry plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe‚ with his only loss coming on August 21‚ 1941 when Feller won‚ 2-0. Cleveland win the second game of the twinbill 4-2‚ behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter. 


1937: Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs‚ as the Yankees trip the Browns‚ 4-2. Gehrig‚ hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich‚ making his second appearance‚ bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.



1934: Lou Gehrig victimizes Cleveland’s Lloyd Brown with a grand slam for the second time when he launches one his first time up in the game. Ben Chapman also homers and triples twice as the Yanks roll before a Sunday Stadium crowd of 35,000, 8-0. 



5/12 in Yankee History


The red-letter day -

1925: Yogi Berra is born.  Happy birthday to a national treasure!


On other 12ths of May…

2009: Chien-Ming Wang, who has been struggling ever since coming back from a baserunning foot injury in ’08, is sent from the Yanks to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre to try to build some arm strength in the minors.


2002:  The Yankees top Minnesota on Mother’s Day‚ 10-4‚ giving Joe Torre his 1‚500th career win as manager.


2001: The Yankees extend their hard-to-say major league record of 15 straight wins since the start of a season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles‚ 8-5‚ on Derek Jeter’s 3-run HR in the 8th. David Justice and Bernie Williams also homer for NY.


1996: The Yankees fall behind 8-0 to the White Sox at Comiskey Park, and then make it all the way back to win, 9-8. The comeback is completed by a 5- run Yankee 6th, keyed by 2-run doubles from Paul O’Neill and Joe Girardi.


1982: The Yankees send infielder Larry Milbourne, along with minor leaguers John Pacella and Pete Filson, to the Twins in exchange for catcher Butch Wynegar and pitcher Roger Erickson and cash. The Twins’ frugal owner‚ Calvin Griffith‚ is roundly criticized for the deals‚ in which he appears to be unloading high-salaried veterans at the expense of a winning ball club.


1962: Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and a homer to pace New York to a 9-6 victory at Cleveland.


1961: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚ Tiger player Rocky Colavito goes into the stands behind third base after a drunken fan who has been heckling the outfielder’s wife and father. Colavito is ejected‚ but the Tigers win in the 9th on pitcher Frank Lary’s home run. For Lary‚ it is his 25th win over the Yankees against just 8 losses.


1959: At the Stadium‚ Yogi Berra’s errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error in the 5th inning, throwing wild as he attempts to gun down Minnie Minoso stealing. Berra also homers‚ as do Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle‚ but New York lose 7-6 to the first-place Indians.


1953: Whitey Ford allows only rival pitcher Early Wynn’s infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians 7-0. The Yanks increase their lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Tribe.


1946: A crowd of 69‚401‚ the largest in Stadium history‚ watch the Yankees give the Red Sox 2 unearned runs and manage just 3 hits off Mickey Harris‚ and lose to Boston‚ 3-1. The Sox get just 3 hits off loser Spud Chandler.


Mickey Harris with Ted Williams and Rudy York before the game.

1940: Behind the six-hit pitching of Red Ruffing‚ the Yankees beat the Bosox‚ 4-0‚ and stop New York’s 8-game losing skid. New York (7-14) are still in last place while Boston (16-6) sit atop the AL.


1935: Felipe Alou, who played at first base and in the outfield for the Yankees in the early ’70s, is born. Happy 77th, F.A.!


1933: The Yankees sell pitcher George Pipgras and rookie shortstop Bill Werber to the Red Sox for $100,000.


1930: The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.


1919: After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before‚ the Yankees and Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision‚ going 15 innings in a 4-4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless for the second day in a row and ends his Major League career with just 22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.


1915: Yankee outfielder Roy Hartzell hits into a triple play, but his mates top the Indians anyway, 4-2.


1911: Playing against the Yankees at Detroit, Ty Cobb scores a run from first on a short single to right‚ scores from second on a wild pitch‚ then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York catcher Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate‚ the rest of the infield gathers‚ leaving Cobb untended at second. With no time out having been called‚ Cobb strolls to third base‚ and then ambles down the line to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in the circle of players‚ he quickly slides in with what will prove to be the winning run. The Tigers take the game 6-5.


1897: Joe Dugan, third baseman for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.


5/11 in Yankee History

2006: The Yankees take the field at the Stadium against the Red Sox a bit undermanned, Gary Sheffield having been placed on the disabled list the day before with what was hoped to  be a minor wrist injury. Things take a still nastier turn eight pitches in, when left fielder Hideki Matsui charges a soft liner off the bat of Mark Loretta and breaks his own right wrist on a diving attempt at the catch. A Loretta infield single in the seventh will also be the turning point in the game, as the Sox come from behind for a 5-3 win. Both Matsui and Sheffield will be lost for much of the year.


2000: The Devil Rays defeat the Yankees‚ 1-0‚ behind the pitching of Steve Trachsel‚ who hurls the first 7 innings. Trachsel‚ who defeated the Red Sox 1-0 in his last start‚ becomes the 1st AL pitcher in 24 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games. (Editor’s note: If Trachsel’s name rings a bell with trivia fans, it’s because he gave up Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run to break Roger Maris’ record in 1998).


1990: Citing a no-trade clause in his contract‚  Dave Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16th‚ ending his often stormy relationship with  George Steinbrenner.


1981: Former Yankee outfielder Sammy Byrd dies at the age of 74. Byrd began his ML career by playing in the Bronx from 1929 to 1934, Babe Ruth’s last years with the club, and he often ran for the Bambino late in games, earning him the nickname ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’


1966: The Yankees purchase shortsatop Dick Schofield from the Giants: they’ll trade him to the Dodgers on September 10 for pitcher Thad Tillotson.

Dick Schofield (f).jpg

1965: Mel Stottlemyre stops the Red Sox 5-3 at Fenway‚ and Mickey Mantle reaches base 4 times‚ once on his 6th homer of the year.


1963: The Yankees trounce the Orioles‚ 13-1‚ beating Milt Pappas. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris each homer‚ the first time this year they’ve done it together.


1950: Airplane travel is still a baseball rarity‚ but a railroad strike forces the Yankees and four other clubs – the Red Sox‚ Dodgers‚ Giants‚ and Reds – to fly  to play their next scheduled games. The Senators‚ with short hops in the prospect‚ will take the bus.


1946: The Yankees end a 15-game Red Sox winning streak‚ as Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham beats Tex Hughson and Boo Ferriss 2-0 before 52‚011 at the Stadium. Tommy Henrich hits a homer and accounts for both runs. The Red Sox are 21-4‚ 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yanks. The 15-game streak is still a Red Sox record.

‘Tiny’ Bonham
1940: The Red Sox top the Yankees 9-8 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th after New York had taken the lead on Tommy Henrich’s second HR of the game. Joe McCarthy benches Frankie Crosetti‚ hitting .150‚ but New York (6-8) still lose their 8th in a row at home to drop into last place. Meanwhile‚ Boston take their 6th straight. With Crosetti’s benching‚ he ends his consecutive games played at 420‚ the longest current streak in the majors.


1939: The Yankees set down the Browns‚ 10-8‚ jumping on rookie Ewald Pyle for three hits before he exits. Pyle is subbing for Bobo Newsom‚ out with a skinned finger. Russ ‘the Fresno Flinger’ Van Atta‚  follows‚ and the Yanks score nine runs in four innings to put the game out of reach. Bill Dickey has three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Lou Gehrig does not play‚ but takes infield practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now lead by 1 1/2 games.


1937: Tommy Henrich makes his Major League debut. The future mainstay of the Yankee outfield goes 1 for 4, but White Sox pitcher Monte Stratton scatters 7 hits in subduing the Yankees 7-2. Henrich‚ recently signed‚ was called up to take the place of Jake Powell‚ out with appendicitis.


1927: In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth belts his second homer in 2 days and his eighth of the year‚ off Ernie Nevers‚ as the Yanks win 4-2. The shot passes to the left of the center field flagpole in Sportsman’s Park‚ the longest ball to date ever hit there. Not sparing the purple prose, Martin Haley in the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: ‘Homeric Herman careened the animated leather for a sky-scraping bulls-eye into the distant center-field bleachers‚ the ball clattering up the icy seats at the point where the left-center and dead-center field sections conjoin.’


1919: In the first legal Sunday game in New York for the Yankees‚ and after a 12 inning duel between Washington’s Walter Johnson and New York spitballer Jack Quinn‚ neither team score. The Big Train allows a single in the first and then retires the next 28 batters before giving up a walk in the 10th. In a misinterpretation of the new rules‚ the game is called at 6 p.m. by New York owner Jacob Ruppert.


1904: In the opener of a 4-game series with the visiting Cleveland Blues‚ the New York Highlanders prevail‚ 4-2‚ on a 2-run homer by Kid Elberfeld and a pair of run-scoring singles by Deacon McGuire (below). The New Yorkers will take 3 of the 4 games to move into a tie for second place.



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