6/06 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1934: In the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Fenway, Myril Hoag‚ substituting for Babe Ruth‚ becomes the first Yankee to go 6 for 6 in a 9-inning game, tying an AL record in the process. All of Hoag’s safeties are signles, as the Yanks rout Lefty Grove and roll to a 15-3 win. Boston win the nitecap‚ 7-3‚ to drop the Yanks to second place.
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2006: Melky Cabrera has one of his greatest defensive moments of his Yankee tenure. Chien-Ming Wang pitches the Yanks to a 2-1 lead over Boston through seven. David Ortiz had homered for the lone Red Sox run in the third, and Manny Ramirez blasts a two-out, eighth-inning fastball from Kyle Farnsworth toward the visiting bullpen, with Cabrera and Johnny Damon in hot pursuit. Damon’s unbridled jump for joy confirms the great catch to one and all, as the Scoreboard celebrated the Yankee rookie’s transcendent moment by flashing: :The Melky Way!
Off the field, the Yankees, along with every other club in the majors, pass on Jeffrey Maier in the amateur draft. Maier will remain best known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a Derek Jeter fly ball in game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, in spite of having hit .403 in Division 3.
2004: Mike Mussina and Texas righty Ryan Drese face off in a pitchers’ duel on a damp Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. Moose allows only two fly balls and three hits through eight innings, but Drese matches him. When Jason Giambi doubles 1-0 lead the Yanks had taken on a Bernie Williams fourth-inning homer with a two-out long ball of his own in the 8th, it looks like the home team wouldn’t need it. But catcher Rod Barajas chases Mussina with a lead-off ninth-inning triple, and Mariano Rivera closes out the 2-1 Yankee win.
2001: Baltimore’s first two hitters‚ Jerry Hairston‚ Jr and Mike Bordick‚ hit homers against New York. Despite a second round-tripper by Bordick‚ the Yankees win‚ 7-4‚ going ahead on an 8th inning grand slam by Jorge Posada.
1999: The Mets defeat the Yankees‚ 7-2 to end Roger Clemens’ 20-game winning streak. Also ended is Derek Jeter’s streak of reaching base in 53 consecutive games, as the orange and blue snap an 8-game losing streak of their own.
1997: Less than 24 hours after announcing one of the stranger promotions in baseball history for Father’s Day‚ Mike Veeck, owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ class A affiliate, cancels plans to give free vasectomies on June 13th. Roman Catholic bishop David Thompson‚ a season ticket holder‚ led the complaints about the scheme. Veeck‚ who bought the RiverDogs this season‚ is the son of the legendary Bill Veeck
1990: A week after the Mets fire their manager‚ the struggling Yankees follow suit. Bucky Dent‚ the Yanks’ skipper for just 89 games‚ is replaced by Stump Merrill‚ who managed the Columbus farm team.
1987: Needing a replacement for the injured Don Mattingly‚ the Yankees reluctantly trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for catcher Mark Salas.
1979: The Yankees select Don Marttingly in the 19th round of the amateur draft.
1965: Tom Tresh collects 4 homers in a doubleheader with the White Sox at the Stadium, 3 of them coming in the second game. In the nitecap, the outfielder also goes long from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career The Yanks sweep the twinbill, 6-1 and 12-0.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers in the first off the Indians’ Dick Tomanek‚ then ties the game at 4 with a 3-run tomahawk off the Tribe starter. New York win 6-5.
1955: At Briggs Stadium‚ the Yankees blast four homers to beat the Tigers and Bob Miller‚ 7-5. Eddie Robinson connects for a pair of two-run homers‚ while Billy Hunter‚ Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle add round-trippers. Mantle’s shot is to dead center‚ 440 feet away.
1954: In the second game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Orioles’ catcher Clint Courtney makes an unassisted double play in a 7-5 win against the Yankees. New York take the opener as well, 5-2‚ as Mickey Mantle belts a two-run homer off Don Larsen‚ who is on his way to a 3-21 season.
1944: The Yankees have the day off, along with the rest of the major league clubs -the country’s focus is turned toward Europe as allied forces invade occupied France on D-Day. Yesterday was an off-day as well after all teams played Saturday doubleheaders.
1931: At the Stadium‚ the Indians take a 7-4 lead into the 9th when Ed Morgan and Joe Vosmik single off Yankee reliever Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3-6 triple play. The Tribe still win, 7-5.
1926: Player-manager Tris Speaker of the Indians‚ sporting a lifetime .350 BA‚ startles players and fans alike when he directs pitcher George Uhle to pinch-hit for him in a close contest with the Yankees at Cleveland. Uhle is a good-hitting hurler‚ but he flies out. The Yankees win‚ 6-5.
1920: Carl Mays allows 6 runs-3 unearned-but the Yankee submariner earns his seventh straight win over the Athletics‚ 12-6. Babe Ruth is 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the 15-hit attack.
1913:The Yankees, on their way to a 7th-place finish‚ extend their winless streak to 13 games(12 losses, and a tie with Boston on May 24)‚ losing 2-1 to Cleveland. New York shortstop Rabbit Maranville is thrown out three times trying to steal home.
1907: Bill Dickey is born.