6/11 in Yankee History
2004: More distressing than the drubbing the Yanks take at the hands of the Padres is the loss of Mike Mussina to injury after three innings. Moose leaves a 1-1 tie after three as Alex Rodriguez homers in the first, and Felix Heredia gets the loss despite not pitching badly in emergency relief. It is still something of a game until Gabe White (below) allows a double, single, single, walk, fielder’s choice, and home run for five quick San Diego runs in the ninth for a 10-2 loss.
2003: The Astros shut out the Yankees‚ 8-0‚ as six Houston pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter – the most ever to do so on a no-no. Starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the 2nd inning with a strained groin. He is followed in turn by Peter Munro‚ Kirk Saarloos‚ Brad Lidge‚ Octavio Dotel‚ and Billy Wagner‚ who combine to hold the Bombers hitless for the first time since 1958. It is the longest streak without being no-hit – 6‚980 games – in MLB history. Dotel ties a record by striking out 4 New Yorkers in the 8th inning. The Yankees tie the AL record by striking out 8 consecutive times. It was the fourth time it has happened‚ the first since the Mariners struck out 8 consecutive times off Roger Clemens in his first 20 K game (April 29‚ 1986). The major league record is for pitcher used in a shutout is 8‚ by the Red Sox‚ in a 10 inning game on October 3‚ 1999.
1993: The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 sea gulls who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5-4‚ winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Wade Boggs called the situation ‘terribly dangerous.’ The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. Gus the wonder dog‚ on loan from the Wisconsin waterfowl association‚ will keep them away.
1988: Batting seventh as the Yankees designated hitter ahead of Rafael Santana and Joel Skinner‚ pitcher Rick Rhoden hits a sacrifice fly in New York’s 8-6 win over Baltimore. He is the first pitcher to start a game as a DH since the rule was adopted in 1973. Later‚ Jose Cruz replaces Rhoden as the DH.
1981: The White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2‚ handing pitcher Doug Bird his first loss since August 16‚ 1978. The journeyman righthander had won 12 consecutive decisions.
1974: Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start with no relief appearances‚ to set an AL record, but he loses to California 5-4. In the 4th inning‚ Stottelmyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: He’ll throw just 2 more innings‚ his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher.
1967: Before the largest AL crowd of 1967 – 62‚582 at Yankee Stadium for Bat Day – the White Sox regain first place from the Tigers by sweeping a twinbill from New York 2-1 and 3-2. They will stay in first until August 12.
1964: After a 2-week absence‚ Mickey Mantle is back in the lineup and blasts 2 home runs at Fenway off Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win easily, 8-4.
1961: The Yankees sweep a pair from the Angels‚ winning the opener‚ 2-1 behind Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter. Yogi Berra belts a pair of solo homers. In the nitecap. Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning homer‚ his 19th of the campaign thus far, gives him the AL lead‚ but Roger Maris adds a pair of home runs‚ his 19th and 20th‚ as New York win 5-1. The Yanks have won 10 of their last 11 games.
1953: Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds‚ first-place New York beat Detroit 6-3 to run their win streak to 14 games. The Yankees get a game winner from Mickey Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. The Mick has now hit in 16 straight games‚ but will go hitless tomorrow‚ when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today‚ Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.
1948: The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees‚ 10-8‚ as Bob Feller, coming on in relief, fans Sherm Lollar with the bases loaded to end the game. Joe DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlights include Yogi Berra getting tossed by umpire Cal Hubbard for arguing a called third strike, and young Bobby Brown being replaced at second base in the 8th by George Stirnweiss‚ a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out-his first K in 42 games. The game – interrupted by rain and a fans’ missile barrage over another disputed call – ends at 12:20 a.m.
1934: The Yankees thrash West Point 7-0 in their annual exhibition game with the cadets. Jimmy DeShong provides the whitewash for the civilians.
1927: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth connects for two consecutive home runs (numbers 19 and 20) off Garland Buckeye‚ but his next time up the Babe is rounded on by Cleveland catcher Luke Sewell who demands that the umpires inspect Ruth’s bat. The umps find nothing illegal‚ but the crowd of 30‚000 cheer the Bambinom who strikes out. Tony Lazzeri adds a homer and New York win‚ 6-4. George Burns is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.
1922: Insisting on starting against the Yankees for the second day in a row, Urban Shocker is again beaten‚ 8-4. New York score 3 in the 7th on a walk‚ 3 hits‚ and a Ken Williams throwing error. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up 348 innings‚ 2nd in the AL.
1919: New York’s Jack Quinn shuts out the Tigers‚ 7-0. Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is 2-for-3 to start his 29-game hitting streak.
1915: The Yankees finally beat the White Sox‚ winning 10-9. Batting for catcher Les Nunamaker, New York pitcher Ray Caldwell (below) hits one out of the park for his second pinch homer in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5-4 loss to the Sox. Nobody else in the AL repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow Caldwell will go long again‚ but he is on the mound in that game.