6/16 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1903: Highlanders player-manager Clark Griffith (below) tosses the first shutout in franchise history, a 1-0 blanking of the White Sox.
On other 16ths of June…
2009: The Yankees face reality and designate Jose Veras for assignment.
2002: Mo Vaughn belts a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8th off David Wells to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Mark Guthrie‚ in relief of Pedro Astacio‚ picks up the win. In the 5th‚ Mike Piazza throws out Alfonzo Soriano‚ ending a streak of 51 successful runners against Mike‚ not counting a 1-3-6 throwout on April 16.
1998: Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combine on a 2-hit shutout as the Orioles top the Yankees 2-0. The win‚ the 2nd in the 3 game series with New York‚ ends the Yanks’ ML record streak of 24 straight winning series. The skein started after the Bombers opened with 2 losses at Anaheim.
1996: Going, going, gone… Long-time voice of the Yankees Mel Allen dies at age 83.
1977: Ron Guidry throws his first complete game‚ a 7-0 win over the Royals. Mickey Rivers has 3 hits‚ including a HR‚ and scores 3.
1966: In New York‚ Rocky Colavito robs Mickey Mantle of a 1st inning homer by making a great catch at the bullpen gate. Mantle then hits a 3rd inning homer to the opposite field off Sam McDowell‚ and New York go on to top the Indians 7-6.
1962: A limping Mickey Mantle returns after a one-month absence to belt a 3-run pinch-hit homer in the 8th to give New York a 9-7 lead against Cleveland. The Tribe come back to win it 10-9 in the 9th on Jerry Kindall’s 2-run shot. Cleveland now lead the 3rd-place Yankees by a game and will sweep the 4-game series.
1956: Before 40‚964 at the Stadium‚ New York trip the Tribe‚ 3-1. Mantle hits a two-run game winner off rookie sensation Herb Score for his third homer in three days. Yesterday’s shot came off Mike Garcia in a 6-2 Yankee victory.
1950: The Yankees recall Johnny Mize from a rehab stint in Kansas City. The Big Cat proceeds to wallop 25 home runs and drive in 72 runs in 90 games.