6/09 in Yankee History
2008: In a season that will be one of the best ever compiled for saves, Mariano Rivera establishes a disturbing pattern of taking losses in games he enters in non-save situations. On this day, Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar and Mike Mussina carry a scoreless duel through six, then both fall victim to two-run seventh-inning homers, by Miguel Olivo and Alex Rodriguez. But Rivera, who comes on in the ninth of the 2-2 tie, is reached for a leadoff home run by slugger Jose Guillen, and the Yanks fall 3-2. In the game’s fifth inning, bicycling champion Lance Armstrong moves the remaining games counter in the old Stadium from 49 to 48.
2007: Roger Clemens makes his much-awaited season debut, getting the start against the Pirates at home. The Yanlees win 9-3, in a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate until the later innings. Reliever Chris Britton is demoted to AAA Scranton on to make room for the Rocket’s return.
2006: Randy Johnson leaves his best stuff in his locker for a start against Oakland. Not only do the three home runs he allows include jolts by Bobby Kielty and Antonio Perez jolts in a four-run fourth, he walks three in the frame as well. The Yanks post a four-run uprising of their own in the home seventh on a Jason Giambi home run and a Robbie Cano triple, but the rally falls short in the 6-5 A’s win.
2002: The Yankees win the rubber game of an exciting three-game set with the visiting Giants 4-2, when they rally for three in the 8th on a Nick Johnson double and a Rondell White single. Roger Clemens strikes out nine over eight frames for the win, while Joe Torre takes some heat for the hands-off approach that he takes with Barry Bonds, who is hit by a pitch and walked four times, the last three intentionally.
1992: The Yankees trade pitcher Lee Guetterman to the Mets in exchange for pitcher Tim Burke.
1973: At Kansas City, the Yanks rally for 5 runs in the 9th to stop the Royals 6-4. Newcomer Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings and allows one hit to win in relief. New York move into first with the win.
1961: In a rain-interrupted game in New York‚ Mickey Mantle’s 3-run homer in the 3rd is the difference in a 8-6 win over Kansas City. Maris also homers‚ the third time this year the two have gone deep in the same game.
1959: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks edge Kansas City‚ 9-8 in 13 innings. Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th off Murry Dickson, but it is a Hector Lopez single that wins it in the 13th.
1947: The second place Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Allie Reynolds issues 8 free passes‚ and Bill Bevens adds 3 more. Joe Page walks none in the 9th but backup catcher Aaron Robinson lets a pop up drop in front of the plate for a single‚ and two hits later‚ the Sox score the winner. Johnny Lindell anad Luke Appling trade homers.
1946: The Yankees draw 66‚545 for a doubleheader with the Indians‚ and pass the one million mark in attendance‚ the earliest date in ML history that any club has done so. Cleveland spoil the party with a 9-5 win in the opener‚ but the Yanks salvage the nitecap‚ 7-4.
The 1946 Yankees
1933:In Philadelphia‚ Jimmie Foxx ties an MLB record with another homer‚ his 5th in 3 games and his 12th of the year‚ but the A’s bow to the Yankees 7-6. Lou Gehrig hits his 12th of the year and Tony Lazzeri connects for a 3-run dinger in the 8th to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (NYC sets a heat record for the date with 97°F) causes both starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter and after 5 innings Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout and has to be carried away.
1931: Bill Virdon, whomanaged the Yanks to second- and third-place finishes in 1974 and 1975, respectively, is born. Happy 81st to the Milkshake Man!
1928: In action against the Yankees, Cleveland left fielder Charlie Jamieson starts his second triple play in three weeks.
In the 2nd inning, with Ben Paschal on third and Tony Lazzeri on first, Jamieson snags a line
drive hit by Joe Dugan. Charlie’s quick throw to first baseman Lew Fonseca nabs Lazzeri‚ and Paschal is out at home when he tries to
score. Again‚ Cleveland are on the losing end‚ as New York win 7-3.
1927: At the Stadium, Murderers’ Row take their third straight from Chicago, winning 8-3. New York knock Ted Blankenship out of the box in the 7th and Ray Morehart hits reliever Bert Cole’s 1st pitch for a 3-run homer. Babe Ruth then legs out a triple and follows it with aa steal of home. The Yanks score 6 in the frame.
1922: At Comiskey Park, the Yankees use a courtesy runner against the White Sox. On a 2-out infield single in the 6th‚ Wally Schang is injured sliding into first and is replaced by Al De Vormer. After the third out‚ Schang returns to catching. When Schang reaches base in the 8th‚ De Vormer again runs for him‚ this time staying in to catch. The hosts do not do the visitors the courtesy of losing, however, as the Yanks drop the game 10-6.
1915: At the Polo Grounds, the White Sox pound the Yankees 13-0‚ as Eddie Cicotte (below) allows just 2 hits. Braggo Roth leads the attack with a homer‚ triple and single.