6/30 in Yankee History
2009: Following an hour rain delay, the Yanks take another game with late offense in the new Stadium. Consecutive no-out eighth-inning hits by Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter score three runs to break a 5-5 tie, and the Bombers beat
Seattle 8-5. A-Rod contributes a two-run homer to the win, and Mariano Rivera gets the save.
2008: The Yankees purchase the contract of outfielder Brett Gardner from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Gardy makes his debut in center field against Scott Feldman and the Rangers. Mike Mussina is brilliant, but less so than the Texas rookie righthander, who holds the Yanks to four hits and one run (an A-Rod blast) through six. Moose gives up five safeties and two runs, and the Yanks fall 2-1.
1986: The Yankees ship Ken Griffey Sr. (below) to the Braves for outfielder Claudell Washington and infielder Paul Zuvella.
1977: Cliff Johnson homers twice in the 8th inning of an 11-5 Yankee demolition of the Blue Jays. The hulking DH connects for 3 in succession on the day, and the Yanks move within half a game of first-place Boston.
1962: Tony Fernandez, Derek Jeter’s predecessor at shortstop, and the last Yankee other than the present Captain to wear a single-digit number on the field, is born. Happy 50th, Tony!
1961: On an injury-free day, Mickey Mantle motors for an inside the park homer, while Roger Maris drives in three runs. The M & M boys lift Whitey Ford to a dizzying 14-2 record on the season as the Yanks beat the Senators 5-1.
1960: A 5-homer Yankee cannonade shells the A’s 10-5. Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Tony Kubek go long once each, and Moose Skowron adds two blasts.
1954: At Fenway, Yankee starter Tom Morgan (below) hits three batters in the 3rd inning. The somewhat bruised Red Sox go on to a 6-1 victory. This is also Bobby Brown’s last game before retiring to pursue a career in medicine
1945: Jerry Kenney, starting third baseman for the Yankees in the difficult years of 1969-71, is born. Happy 67th, Jerry!
1934: Lou Gehrig triples each of his first three times up, but it is all for naught when the game with the Senators is called because of rain after 4 1/2 innings.
1927: Murderers’ Row take their fifth straight, and send the Red Sox to their 12th
consecutive loss, with a 13-6 win at the Stadium. Starter Myles Thomas is forced to leave the game with stiffness in his throwing arm in the 2nd inning, but Wilcy Moore goes the rest of the way in relief.
1924: The Yankees win the opener of a doubleheader at Shibe Park, rolling over the A’s 10-4. In the nitecap, however, Max ‘Camera Eye’ Bishop and third baseman Sammy Hale, numbers one and two in the Philadelphia order, draw 8 of the 9 walks that the Yankee pitchers issue, as the A’s pull away, 10-3.
1908: Cy Young throws the third no-hitter of his career, blanking the Highlanders 8-0 at Hilltop Park.