6/21 in Yankee History
2005: The Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8th inning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27‚ while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32‚ NY‚ 45) in the game. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits‚ including a double and a homer, and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of round-trippers and drives in 7.
1990: Nelson Mandela, visiting New York on his first foreign tour following his release from a 27-year term in prison, attends a rally at Yankee Stadium (The team are on the road in Toronto, where they will win 7-6). The newly freed leader dons a team cap and jacket and proclaims ‘I am a Yankee!’
1989: Visiting as a member of the White Sox, Carlton Fisk chooses Yankee Stadium as the place for his 307th career home run as a catcher, giving him the American League record at the position. Future Yankee righty Don Pall gets the win in the 7-3 result, with Yankee “Andy Hawkins taking the loss.
1969: At Fenway‚ the Yankees and Red Sox split an exciting pair of games in a day-night separate admission matchup. 12‚453 watch the opener where the Yankees score 3 runs in the 11th inning to take a 5-2 lead‚ only to see the Sox score 4 times to win. George Thomas drives in the tying and winning runs. Jerry Kenney has a pair of stolen bases for the Yanks in the game‚ but is nabbed on the hidden ball trick by first baseman Thomas. New York win the nitecap‚ 6-3‚ on Roy White’s bases loaded triple in the 9th.
1964: The Yankees move into first place by .008 over Baltimore‚ as they outpitch the White Sox to take both ends of a doubleheader 2-0 and 2-1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard homers win it 2-0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro‚ and an error by Chicago shortstop Al Weis in the 17th inning hands New York the win in the nightcap. The Yankees sweep 4‚ giving up just one run in 41 innings‚ and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.
1960: Whitey Ford outduels ‘Yankee Killer’ Frank Lary to give New York a 6-0 win in Detroit. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 homers off Lary.
1958: Frank Lary pitches his third straight shutout‚ beating the Yankees and Duke Maas‚ 1-0. Al Kaline throws out Maas at the plate and hits his 7th home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.
1955: In the first inning at Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle launches a shot off the A’s Alex Kellner that lands in Cooperstown. The home run is the first ever to reach the centerfield bleachers‚ 461 feet from home‚ since the Stadium opened in 1923. New York win 6-2, and will prevail tomrrow, as well, 6-1‚ with Mantle clouting another homer‚ off Art Ditmar.
1953; In the opener of a twinbill‚ Mickey Mantle hits a first inning homer‚ off Hal Newhouser‚ to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6-3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon‚ but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10-3. This loss will be the first in a streak of nine straight.
1945: At Fenway, the Yankees light up rookie star Boo Ferriss for 10 runs and score 13 in the 5th on their way to a 14-4 win.
1939: Having received the report from the Mayo Clinic the day before that he is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the Yankee front office formally announce the retirement of Lou Gehrig. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team for rest of the season as captain.
1916: The Yankees are the victims as Boston’s George ‘Rube’ Foster pitches the first no-hitter in the history of Fenway Park, winning by 2-0.
1906: ’30s Yankee pitcher Russ van Atta is born.
1904: An uncredited article in the Boston Herald contains the first reference to a player on the AL team in New York