6/20 in Yankee History
2008: On his 100th birthday, Bill Werber moves the games-remaining counter in Yankee Stadium I from 45 to 44 Werber is the last remaining former Yankee with any connection to the 1927 Murderers’ Row team (he was sent down to the minors after spring training, and did not come back to the big club until 1930). The honour will prove to be a timely one, since Weber will pass away in January 2009. There are few Yankee highlights on the field this day, as they succumb to Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2. The game turns when Joe Girardi orders Mike Mussina to intentionally walk then-struggling rookie rightfielderJay Bruce with a runner on third and one out in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game. The strategy backfires when Jolbert Cabrera doubles in two runs on the next pitch.
2006: The Yankees score four in the 8th to overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi connects for a blast that moves him past Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada goes long as well, and all of the firepower is needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 Philly runs.
1989: The Yankees trade Rickey Henderson back to the A’s for journeymen pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and outfielder Luis Polonia.
1984: At Detroit‚ Yankee reliever Jose Rijo drops to 1-7 when he serves up a 2-out three-run homer to Howard Johnson in the 13th inning. Detroit win 9-6. Alan Trammell‚ Lance Parrish‚ and Chet Lemon also hit go long for the Tigers‚ who draw their 3rd straight 40‚000+ crowd.
1983: Bobby Murcer announces his retirement as a player.
1969: With the Yankees in action at Fenway, Joe Pepitone loses a first inning grand slam off Mike Nagy when the game is called because of rain after the next batter, Roy White.
1958: At Detroit‚ Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 7-1‚ Detroit’s 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard fan three times each.
1956: In the 7th and 8th innings at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle parks two Billy Hoeft offerings in the right center field stands‚ something no other player had done since the bleachers were added there in the late ’30s. New York win 4-1. Mantle is now leading in the Triple Crown race. Johnny Kucks gets the win, with relief help from Whitey Ford.
1954: At Comiskey Park, the Yanks wring out the White Sox 16-6 in the opening game of a doubleheader, as Mickey Mantle and Bobby Brown belt consecutive homers off Mike Fornieles. The hosts will come back to take the nitecap 7-3.
1950:Eddie Lopat celebrates his 32nd birthday with an 8-2 win over the Indians – the Yankee junkball specialist is now 25-6 lifetime against the Tribe. Also marking a milestone in the victory is Joe DiMaggio, who gets his 2,000th career hit with a seventh-inning single off Chick Pieretti.
1948: Joe DiMaggio smashes three homers to lead the Yanks to a 4-2 and 6-2 sweep of the Browns. Vic Raschi wins his 8th in a row in the opener‚ besting Fred Sanford. DiMag’s two homers in the nitecap‚ a solo shot in the 8th and a 3-run homer in the 9th‚ give Red Embree the win. The double victory puts the Yanks in second place, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland.
1946: A article appears in Fortune magazine story divulging some rare details of baseball finances. It shows that in 21945, the Yankees earned revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306‚000‚ cut to $201‚000 after
minor league losses. Of the gross income‚ $896‚000 was from home ticket
1940: The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1-0 in 11 innings for their sixth straight loss‚ then protest a 2nd inning ‘catch’ by Sox left fielder Julius ‘Moose’ Solters, contending that he dropped the ball when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire crew chief George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld by his colleagues. The game will be replayed September 18‚ but‚ for several years‚ all of today’s records count, including Monte Pearson’s loss and Johnny Rigney’s win. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19‚ 1935 in extras to 2 pitchers‚ Lefty Stewart and Lloyd Brown of the Indians.
1937:The Yankees draw a crowd of 68‚939 to the Stadium and sweep a pair from the White Sox‚ 8-4 and 7-4. Lefty Gomez tops Ted Lyons in the opener‚ with George Selkirk providing 2 homers. Monte Pearson is the winner in game 2.
1935: At Detroit‚ Tommy Bridges scatters 5 hits and strikes out 11 in shutting out the Yankees‚ 5-0. The Tiger ace stops Lou Gehrig’s hitting streak at 18 games.
1934: The league-leading Yankees trip the Indians twice, 3-2 and 3-0, at the Stadium. New York tie the first game on Frank Crosetti’s solo homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland, then win it on Lou Gehrig’s 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez, in relief of Johnny Broaca, is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky’s single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing, who also knocks in a run.
1916: Tilly Walker delivers the only the homer that a Red Sox player will hit at Fenway this year, but it is the lone Boston score today as the Yankees win‚ 4-1. Inserted as a defensive replacement late in the game‚ Boston shortstop Everett Scott starts a string of 1‚307 consecutive games‚ all played at short. He will complete the streak as a Yankee on May 6‚ 1925. It will be the Majors’ best until Lou Gehrig’s 2‚130.
1914: In the 5th inning of a 7-1 loss to the visiting Yankees, Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman fumbles his way into the record books by making 4 errors in a single frame.
1913: In doubleheader action in the nation’s capital, New York win the opener‚ 9-3. In the nitecap, Washington starter Bert Gallia creates the first Yankee run on his own by hitting the first 4 batters he faces. Two more New York batters will be plunked during the game, by relievers Joe Engel and Tom Hughes‚ for a record six. The outcome is the same as New York win 9-3 again. Yankees leadoff hitter Bert Daniels puts his name in the record book whenhe gets hit 3 times.
1911: In a 3-2 New York win over the Senators, Highlander first baseman Hal Chase sets a still-standing MLB record 21 putouts.