6/22 in Yankee History
2005: The Yanks get another reminder that the Devil Rays are for real, along with another hint that Carl Pavano is in for a somewhat less than stellar debut season in the Bronx, when Tampa Bay come from behind twice to beat the Yanks 5-3 at the Stadium. Gary Sheffield gives the ‘American Idle’ a first-inning lead with a two-run homer, but Johnny Gomes delivers the equalizer in the 4th. Utility infielder Nick Green wins the game for Tampa with a three-run homer in the seventh. Green will play backup in the Yankee infield next year.
1998: Taking the mound for the Braves against the Yankees‚ Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings‚ then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win‚ 6-4‚ the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18, 1984.
1996: In Cleveland‚ Ruben Sierra (below) homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians‚ 11-9. One of Sierra’s blasts comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle‚ back from a 2-game suspension‚ is 3-for-5 with a homer‚ and Eddie Murray adds his 488th career roundtripper for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.
1977: It doesn’t come easy, but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12-11 win over Detroit. The Bombers are led by Graig Nettles‚ with a 3 run homer‚ and Reggie Jackson‚ who belts a 2-run triple.
1965: In twinbill action against the A’s, Ray Barker’s ML-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit home run is wasted in a first-game‚ 6-2 Yankees loss.. Mickey Mantle adds a homer in the opener‚ but in the 4-2 nitecap win he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and tears an upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustrated cover features Mantle with the prescient title ‘New York Yankees: End of an Era?’
1961: Roger Maris leads the Yankees in an 8-3 thrashing of the A’s by belting his 27th homer of the year. He adds two doubles and a single. Maris has now hit 20 homers in the past 30 days (May 24 – June 22) to tie a mark set by Ralph Kiner in1947
1959: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle drives in 6 runs with a triple and 2 homers to lead New York to a 13-6 win. Moose Skowron adds his 4th homer in 4 days to move New York to 3 games out of first place.
1957: The Yankees win their 9th game in a row‚ topping the White Sox‚ 6-5‚ at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st starts the scoring‚ and Yogi Berra’s blast in the 13th ends it.
1953: Charlie Hemphill, a turn of the century journeyman who played his last three years as a regular in the New York Highlanders’ outfield, dies at the age of 77.
1952: At Chicago‚ Bob Kuzava shuts out the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ for New York. Yogi Berra homers for the Yanks. In the nitecap at Comiskey Park‚ Mickey Mantle provides New York’s only scoring with a homer‚ as Marv Grissom wins for Chicago‚ 2-1.
1941: Edging the Tigers 5-4‚ the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.
1939: At Comiskey Park‚ the Yankees whip the White Sox 6-1 to run their record to 44-11‚ the best start by any Major League team in the 20th century.
1934: The Yankees drop out of first place with a 4-1 loss to the Indians. Detroit, who power past Washington 11-3, take over the top spot.
1931: At St. Louis, the cellar-dwelling Browns salvage the final game of a 5-game series with the Yankees by outslugging their guests 14-10. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as the Brownies overcome a pair of homers by Lou Gehrig, each with Babe Ruth aboard. Gehrig hits 5 homers‚ 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.
1916: Babe Ruth almost duplicates teammate Rube Foster’s no-hitter‚ allowing just 3 singles‚ two of them by Frank Gilhooley‚ in beating the Yankees‚ 1-0. The game takes 1 hour and 18 minutes.
1912: At Fenway, the Red Sox take a pair from the Highlanders, 13-2 and 10-3, to complete a 5-game sweep of the New York club, who are heading for a last-place finish. Boston have scored 55 runs over the five contests.
1903: On the road in St. Louis‚ New York Highlander manager Clark Griffith (below) suspends catcher Jack O’Connor for insubordination. O’Connor‚ a St. Louis native‚ missed the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader and was on hand for the second contest but refused to catch, saying he wasn’t in condition to play.