6/26 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1974: Derek Jeter is born. Happy birthday to the Captain (shown here enjoying some of the perks of the office)!
On other 26ths of June…
2006: Randy Johnson has one of his better Yankee days in a 5-2 win over Atlanta. DH Jason Giambi paces the Bomber offense, who jump on right-hander Tim Hudson before he settles in. The Giambino homers for two runs in the first and three in the second, two innings during which it takes Hudson 32 pitches to retire the home side each time. He retires the next nine batters on just another 32 tosses, but the damage is done. Braves reliever Kevin Berry has his major-league debut in this game.
1987: Wade Boggs sees his hitting streak snapped at 25 consecutive games and the Rocket sputters as Roger Clemens fails to hold a 9-0‚ 2nd-inning lead. The Yanks will plate 11 in the home 3rd, with Don Mattingly (four hits) and Dave Winfield (4 RBI) leading the way.
Boston lose to the Yankees 12-11 in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston‚ however‚ have blown bigger leads.
1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon‚ Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon‚ Sr.‚ college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959‚ misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college‚ in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft‚ the Indians will pick Cannon
but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.
1979: The Yankees reacquire fan favourite Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Paul Semall and cash. Murcer will once again thrive at the Stadium, hitting .273 with 8 HRs.
1977: In front of 55‚039 home fans‚ the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox‚ avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York take a 4-1 lead into the 9th‚ but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th‚ Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at third to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.
1972: Detroit’s Bill Slayback, making his first Major League start, throws 7 inning of no-hit ball at the Yanks in a 4-3 Tiges win. Veteran outfielder Johnny Callison, in a brief, late-career Bronx tour of duty, breaks up the no-no with an eighth-inning single.
1944: More than 50‚000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams‚ then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5‚ Yankees 1‚ Giants.
1941: Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan – a future Yankee – homers. Tommy Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th‚ Henrich bunts Rolfe over to second to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York win‚ 4-1‚ and take over first place.
1920: Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when‚ as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce‚ he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand slam in the 8th gives the NY team a 12-8 victory.
Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).
1912: The Yankees send future star Hippo Vaughn (2-8)‚ winner of last year’s opener‚ to the Senators for the waiver price. In late August‚ Washington will compound the mistake by selling him to Kansas City (AA).