6/10 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1903: The Highlanders make their first trade in franchise history, as utility infielders Herman Long and Ernie Courtney are swapped to Detroit for shortstop Kid Elberfeld.
On other 10ths of June..
2007: The only bad news in a Yankee 13-6 drubbing of the Pirates at the Stadium is the disappointing start of Tyler Clippard, who gives all of an early 5-2 lead back by allowing six runs in the 4th. The big offensive explosions for the home side are courtesy of Bobby Abreu (4-for-4 with a walk and 3 rbi, and 4 runs scored) and Alex Rodriguez (2 walks, 2 homers, 5 rbi, and scored 4). Troubled relievers Sean Henn, Luis Vizcaino, Scott Proctor, and Mike Myers come through on this day, holding the Bucs scoreless on three singles over the last 5.3 innings.
2005: The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings a staggering $996‚000 at auction.
2003: Singles by Alfonso Soriano and Jason Giambi wrapped around a Derek Jeter fielder’s choice break up a scoreless duel between Wade Miller of the Astros and Mike Mussina, and Jorge Posada caps the 5th-inning rally with a two-run blast in a 5-3 win over the Astros in their first ever game in Yankee Stadium.
2002: The Yankees best the Diamondbacks‚ 7-5. On the first pitch he sees in the majors‚ NY rookie Marcus Thames hits a home run off Randy Johnson..
2000: Paul O’Neill and Derek Jeter each have three hits with a home run, Tino Martinez collects three safeties, and Jorge Posada goes long as well in an 13-5 Yankee victory over the Mets on a hot, humid Saturday in the Bronx.
1998: Yankee outfielder Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his career in New York’s 6-2 win over his old club, the Expos. He is the fifth player in history to reach that milestone. Bernie Williams is lost to the DL when he injures his knee sliding.
1978: The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs‚ his first team‚ in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York‚ and he will not recapture his form in Chicago. Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.
1977: Ron Guidry‚ with relief help from Sparky Lyle‚ stops the Twins‚ to give New York a 4-1 win. Willie Randolph’s two-run double is the key blow.
1975: The Yankees sponsor Army Day at their temporary home‚ Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass is splintered‚ the park is filled with smoke‚ part of the fence is blown away‚ and another part is set afire. Salvaging something of the day, at least the Yanksbeat the Twins 5-1 in the game that follows.
1966: The Yankees and A’s make a trade, with New York acquiring pitcher Fred Talbot and catcher Billy Bryan in exchange for pitchers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco‚ and promising outfielder Roger Repoz.
1961: At the Stadium, Hank Bauer hits a drive over Mickey Mantle’s head to the center field monuments‚ and the ex-Yankee legs out an inside the park homer. Mantle’s answering homer in the bottom of the 8th off rookie Bill Kunkel cements New York’s 5-3 win over Kansas City.
1960: In New York‚ Mickey Mantle slams his third homer in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland’s Dick Stigman. The 8th inning solo shot gives New York a 4-3 win.
1957: Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning homer to Mickey Mantle in Detroit‚ but still beats the Yankees‚ 9-4. Mantle now leads the AL with 13 homers. Ted Williams is 2nd with 10.
1954: Brad Gulden, one of the Yankee catchers for the remainder of the 1979 season after the death of Thurman Munson, is born. Happy 58th, Brad!
1934: Doc Cramer hits for the cycle‚ but the Yankees still beat the A’s 7-3 on Lou Gehrig’s second grand slam of the year.
1933: In the ‘He’s not there for his hitting’ department, Lefty Grove strikes out 5 times‚ an MLB first in the 20th century – his Athletics still beat the Yankees‚ 9-5. Lefty will hit .086 this year.
1922: At St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth’s 2-run homer in the 3rd off Urban Shocker ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker‚ and a double‚ single‚ two errors on the same play‚ and a sac fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on 3 straight pitches before walking him‚ and fires his first pitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker‚ and another 6 off relievers to win‚ 14-5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball‚ sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires 4 stitches.
1921: Babe Ruth connects for the 120th homer of his career‚ the blast coming in the 3rd inning against Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. The round tripper breaks the career mark of home run leader Gavvy Cravath‚ who totaled 119 in his 11-year career. Despite the homer‚ New York lose 8-6.