2008: Andy Pettitte survives a 6-run 3rd at the Stadium, but has to hand the ball over in the 5th, and will absorb his 8th loss of the year as the visiting Angels double up the Yanks 12-6.
2005: For the second day in a row‚ the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels, this time by 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck, making his first Major League start‚ allows one run in 6 innings‚ while Benji and Jose Molina each homer off Randy Johnson to give the Halos a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10th before the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the month‚ tying him with Mickey Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina homers are just the 21st time a pair of brothers have homered for the
same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi brothers on August 11‚ 2001.
2003: The Reds ship third baseman Aaron Boone to the Yankees in exchange for Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash. They also send pitcher Gabe White to New York for a player to be named later. The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million‚ but Bud Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit‚ forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.
1999: The Yankees bring back catcher Jim Leyritz from the Padres for pitcher Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25-4 in 3 seasons in Class A‚ including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously‚ Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May‚ 2001‚ after making a relief appearance in which he serves up 3 straight homers
1996: At the trading deadline‚ Detroit swap first baseman-DH Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Matt Drews. The Yanks also obtain pitcher David Weathers from the Marlins for pitcher Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks.
1994: After years of disappointment, Phil Rizzuto is finally inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joining the Scooter on the podium are Steve Carlton and Leo Durocher (who began his playing career as a Yankee).
1978: The Yankees top Texas 6-1‚ to move to 7 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Mickey Rivers sets the tone by hitting a leadoff home run on the first pitch he sees.
1977: Greg Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9-2 win over the A’s‚ the 8th win in their last 9 games for New York. The Yankees are a 1/2 game out of first.
1963: Ralph Terry tosses a complete-game five-hitter in just 75 pitches, as the Yankees edge the Kansas City A’s 3-2. Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.
1962: At D.C. Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle is on the bench with a knee injury‚ but Moose Skowron picks up the slack with a grand slam. The Yankees win 9-5.
1960: At the Stadium‚ the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by third baseman Hector Lopez (who normally plays in the outfield) to top New York 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yanks bounce back to take the nitceap 6-0.
1955: In the opener of today’s twinbill, Don Larsen wins 5-2‚ as the Yanks and Athletics combine for 9 double plays, with the
New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990)‚ and the 12 for both games‚ also matches the AL mark. Cloyd Boyer‚ who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for home runs – by Hank Bauer‚ Mickey Mantle‚ and Yogi Berra – takes the loss. The A’s take the second contest 7-1.
1951: The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes (below) from the Yankees‚ sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes’ No.7 uniform. (Mapes, incidentally, was also the last Yankee to wear Babe Ruth’s old No.3 before it was retired.)
1938: After New York win the opener of a doubleheader with the White Sox by a score of 5-1 behind Monte Pearson‚ Spud Chandler pitches a complete-game 15-inning win in the nitecap as the visiting Yankees top the South Siders 7-3.
In a postgame radio interview with Bob Elson‚ Yankee outfielder Jake Powell (below) will make headlines with remarks about ‘knocking n*gg*rs on the head and throwing them in jail’ as part of his off-season duties as a policeman in Dayton, Ohio. For the statements‚ Judge Landis suspends Powell for 10 days. According to baseball historians, Powell, after his suspension is up, will go to Harlem and work his way downtown, stopping in every bar to buy drinks and apologize for his comments.
1937: The Yankees purchase the minor league Kansas City Blues from Johnny Kling‚ who has had full control of the team since 1935. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert will change the name of the club’s home venue from Muehlebach Stadium to Ruppert Stadium‚ and
reinstitute segregated seating‚ which Kling had abolished.
1936: Led by Lou Gehrig, who clouts his 33rd homer‚ the Yankees down the Indians‚ 11-7‚ at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe’s five-game win streak‚ and leaves the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe connect for homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder‚ but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Bump Hadley‚ with relief help from Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, hangs on for his 9th win of the year.
1930; Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam‚ off Boston’s Ed Durham‚ to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest win over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now hit 5 salamis in as many weeks.
1929: At the Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a fungo 447 feet in an unofficial test‚ beating all trial competition records. The old mark was held by Ed Walsh‚ who hit a ball 419 feet 6 inches in 1911. In the game today the Yanks crush the White Sox 16-2‚ as Lou Gehrig homers, and reaches base 5 times.
1926: At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth breaks a 1-1 tie with an 8th inning home run to the deepest part of the right centerfield bleachers. The Yankees win 2-1 behind Sad Sam Jones for their 10th win in a row.
1922: Hank Bauer is born.
1919: AL president Ban Johnson Johnson suspends Carl Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch for the Yankees
1918: The Yankees and Detroit split a pair‚ New York winning the opener 5-3 and Detroit‚ behind Ty Cobb’s double and triple‚ take the nitecap‚ 6-2. Cobb‚ leading the AL in hitting‚ is 5-for-7 today.
2009: Andy Pettitte goes to the hill at Cellular Field, but will leave the game in the 6th with the score tied at 1-1. Phil Hughes will be saddled with the 3-2 loss when he gives up Dewayne Wise’s walkoff single in the 9th.
2006: The Yankees obtain All-Star outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospects – pitcher Matt Smith, shortstop C.J. Henry, catcher Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Carlos Monasteries.
2001: The Yankees reacquire pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending San Diego pitcher Brett Jodie and outfielder Darren Blakely. New York will pluck Jodie off the waiver list in January.
2000: Another strong start from Andy Pettitte, who leaves in the 6th with a 7-3 lead over the Twins, after scattering 7 hits. The bullpen make the margin stand up, as the Yanks finish with a 7-4 victory, and a 2 out of 3 series win at the Metrodome.
1999: The Yankees thump the Red Sox 13-3‚ as Chuck Knoblauch collects 5 hits‚ including a home run to lead off the game and a double, good for 4 RBI. Knoblauch’s leadoff blast is followed by a Derek Jeter homer.
1998: Another no decision for Andy Pettitte, as the drawling lefty departs after 7 with the game at Anaheim scoreless. Tino Martinez finally breaks the deadlock with a 2-run bases-loaded single in the 10th. A Chad Curtis sac fly will complete the scoring, and Mariano slams the door.
1997: David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals 7-0. Tino Martinez hits his 36th homer and Luis Sojo raps out 4 hits.
1996: At the Ballpark in Arlington, Andy Pettitte has one of the worst starts of his young career, as he is chased by a Ranger cannonade of 10 runs on 10 hits in only 2 2/3 innings. His replacement Jim Mecir gives up another 4, as the hosts roll to a 15-2 laugher.
1993: The Yankees obtain pitcher Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees pitcher John Habyan go to the Royals outfielder Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.
1990: In an unexpectedly harsh ruling‚ Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club’s general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner’s $40‚000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee star Dave Winfield.
1986: Yankee backup catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the third time in 8 months‚ this time going to Chicago in a deal that brings outfielder-DH Ron Kittle, shortstop Wayne Tolleson and catcher Joel Skinner to the Bronx.
1977: Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the year‚ a 9-3 victory over the A’s. But it will prove to be his final win of the year when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.
1966: The Yanks go down meekly to Chicago’s Gary Peters, who takes only 75 pitches to subdue the Bombers 6-0‚ facing just 29 batters.
1956: Facing Bob Lemon, Mickey Mantle socks his first grand slam of the year‚ and drives in 6 runs‚ to lead New York to a 13-6 drubbing of the Indians at Cleveland. Mantle follows by hitting his only career homer off Bob Feller, who has come on in relief. The Yankees now lead the AL by ten games.
1955: The Orioles get pitcher Ed Lopat from the Yankees for pitcher Jim McDonald and cash. New York waive the veteran to make room for Don Larsen.
1951: In action against Detroit at the Stadium, Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep center and, thinking it’s the 3rd out‚ begins trotting in. It’s only the second out‚ however, and George Kell scores from second to make the score 4-2 in the 8th. Despite the lapse‚ the Yanks win‚ 5-4‚ with DiMag redeeming himself by delivering the walkoff base hit in the 9th.
1936: The Yankees, with Jake Powell (below) back in center for the sidelined Myril Hoag‚ drop a 5-4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st‚ Powell will go to left‚ with Joe DiMaggio playing center for the first time. George Selkirk will return to right. The Yanks lose today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks trim the Indians twice‚ 7-3 and 5-0. Lou Gehrig has a pair of home runs to edge in front of Babe Ruth for the AL lead in round-trippers by 1. One is Lou’s second bounce homer of his career (a fair ball that bounced into the stands was a HR in the AL until 1929, until 1930 in the NL – Gehrig had 2 career bounce homers, while Ruth never hit one.) Dutch Ruether wins the opener and adds a home run‚ Waite Hoyt wins his 14th in the nitecap.
1920: Behind Carl Mays, the Yankees roll to a 21-hit‚ 19-3 laugher against the host Browns. George Sisler homers for the Browns’ lone bright spot‚ but Babe Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th that clears the right field bleachers. Bob Meusel follows with a homer‚ his second in two days.
1919: The White Sox and the Yankees, tied for first place, split a pair of 10-inning games – The Yanks take the first 6-5 on a squeeze bunt. Yankee outfielder Ping Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game two ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.
1890: Casey Stengel is born.
2007: Former Yankee outfielder Bill Robinson dies at the age of 64. A quality hitter unappreciated during his three seasons in New York (partly because fans were hoping his arrival on the scene before the 1967 campaign would cushion the blow of the impending retirement of Mickey Mantle, and also because the Bombers had sent fan favourite Clete Boyer to Atlanta for him), Robinson would go on to a distinguished career in the NL, principally with the Pirates.
2006: At the Stadium, the Devil Rays sting the Yankees 19-6. Tomas Perez ties a Major League record with 4 doubles as he goes 5-for-5. New York starter Randy Johnson is chased in the third inning and takes the loss. Tampa Bay will win just 2 more road games this year.
2003: Andy Pettitte puts in a quality start in Anaheim, yielding 2 runs on 9 scattered hits over 8 innings of work, before relinquishing the ball to Antonio Osuno for the close. The Yanks pepper Halos starter Kevin Appier for 5 hits in the 1st and push across 4 runs on their way to the 6-2 victory.
2001: Andy Pettitte goes 6 solid innings before yielding to the bullpen. Alfonso Soriano, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada homer as the Bombers roll to a 9-3 win over Toronto at the SkyDome.
1997: The Yankees ship Mariano Duncan to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash and minor league prospect Angel Ramirez.
1991: During a game at the Stadium‚ Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly Yankee fans. Included among the items are an inflatable sex doll‚ a transistor radio‚ and a head of cabbage. Oakland escape with a 10-8 victory‚ and Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.
1978: At the Stadium, the Yankees pummel the Twins 7-3 before 46,711 fans on hand for Oldtimers Day. PA announcer Bob Sheppard tells the crowd that Bob Lemon will be the manager through 1979, then become General Manager.”…and…,” Sheppard intones, “…the manager in 1980 and hopefully for many seasons to come after that will be number one. . . Billy Martin ” As it happens, it won’t take that long. Martin will again take the helm of the Yankees during the 1979 season only to get fired again.
1969: The string of 33 scoreless innings compiled by Yankee reliever Jack Aker comes to an end as the A’s rally for 3 runs to top the Bombers 6-5. A’s starter Vida Blue is credited with his first MLB victory.
1966: The Yankees edge the White Sox‚ 2-1‚ on Mickey Mantle’s 14th homer in 24 games. The Mick moves ahead of Lou Gehrig into 6th place on the all-time homer list with the blast.
1959: Dave LaPoint, who compiled a 13-19 record as a left-handed spot starter for the Yankees from 1988 through 1990, is born. Happy 53rd, Dave!
1952: In Chicago‚ the first place Yankees‚ having lost 6 of their last 7 games‚ look like they’ll drop another as the White Sox build a 7-0 lead through 6 innings behind Billy Pierce. New York score 3 in the 7th to cut the lead‚ then score 3 in the 9th off Harry Dorish.
Dorish loads the bases for Mantle‚ who takes him downtown with his 2nd grand slam in three days. Allie Reynolds then shuts down the Sox to give New York a 10-6 win.
1951: Before a Stadium crowd of 70‚972‚ the Yankees sweep the White Sox‚ 8-3 and 2-0. Joe DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener‚ and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nitecap. With yesterday’s game rained out‚ the Sox are now 6 1/2 lengths out of first place.
1930: Babe Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk‚ but Lou Gehrig supplies the heavy artillery in New York’s 12-3 win over the host A’s. After Ruth opens the 4th with a single‚ Gehrig hits his 30th homer to left-center field. In the 5th‚ Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the right field wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Hank Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig’s hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390‚ as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.
1929: The lively ball is threatening the popularity of the National pastime in the opinion of the majority of major and minor league baseball managersxand officials polled by the United News (as noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette). Ten major league managers favor a return to the dead ball‚ four like the present ball‚ one doesn’t care what kind of ball is used‚ and another failed to express an opinion. John P. McGraw and Wilbert Robinson are the leaders of the group who would return to the dead ball. Yankee skipper Miller Huggins steadfastly sticks by the lively ball‚ but admits it might aid the game to help the pitcher. “We’ve got to play this game the ways the fans
want it played‚” Huggins said. “They build the stadiums and they pay the Ruths and Gehrigs. And they like the home runs. “
President E.B. Barnard of the American League thinks the lively ball is being exaggerated as a menace to baseball‚ while President John Heydler of the National League maintains that there is no difference in the baseballs used in the senior circuit during the past 10 years
1928: The Indians score 8 in the first and 9 in the 2nd in a 24-6 romp over the Yankees at Cleveland. Eventual loser George Pipgras makes a quick exit, allowing 5 hits and getting no outs in the first. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the first AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game when he strokes a pair of singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings. Hodapp and Joe Sewell each have 5 of the Tribe’s 27 hits as Joe Shaute coasts home with the win. The 24 runs is the most ever scored against the Yankees in a single contest. The sputtering Yanks have seen their lead over the A’s shrink from 11 1/2 games to 6 in one week.
1919: In defiance of Ban Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing‚ Boston owner Harry Frazee (below) trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw, Allan Russell, an unnamed third player to be chosen‚ and a reported $20‚000 cash (The New York Times gives a figure of $40‚000).
1916: Pitching for the 7th place Browns, Dave Davenport (shown below with other members of the Browns – Davenport is in the back row, third from the right) throws two complete game wins over the first place Yankees‚ besting Ray Caldwell and Reb Russell 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. This singular effort will never again be matched against the Yankees‚ though Boston’s Don McMahon will get credit for beating them twice in one day in relief in 1966. The Red Sox‚ losers of two to the
Tigers today‚ remain in second place, a 1/2 game behind the New Yorkers.
1903: Cy Young (below) goes the distance for Boston in a 15-14 loss to the Highlanders. New York had been shut out in their two previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle‚ but Cy gets little defense as Boston make 8 errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th for Harry Howell‚ while Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts 2 hours and 10 minutes.
2005: The Yankees acquire pitcher Shawn Chacon from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra. Ramirez was signed by the Yankees in a deal with the Hiroshima Carp.
2002: At Tropicana Field, the Yankees back Andy Pettitte with two homers, a solo shot by Jorge Posada and a grand slam by Robin Ventura to beat the Devil Rays 9-1.
1999: Andy Pettitte fails to finish what he starts, departing in the 3rd inning against the White Sox after surrendering 3 runs on 8 hits. The real villain of the piece for the Yankees, however, is reliever Dan Nault, on whom the roof caves in with 6 runs in the 5th. The Pale Hose hosts go on to an 11-3 victory.
1996: Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th career HR‚ a 2-run walkoff blast in the 9th‚ to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the visiting Royals. The Yankees now lead by 12 games.
1995: The Yankees obtain David Cone from the Blue jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis‚ and Mike Gordon. The team also trade OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the A’s for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league pitcher Jason Beverlin.
1983: In a controversial ruling, AL President Lee MacPhail upholds the Royals’ protest and overrules his umpires in their call in the ‘Pine Tar Game,’ announcing that George Brett’s home run will stand even though the decision on the field complied with the rules as written.
1977: In New York‚ a Thursday afternoon crowd of 40‚918 cheer as New York unleash a 15 hit attack to thrash the Orioles 14-2. The Yankee barrage includes homers by Graig Nettles‚ Thurman Munson and Roy White.
1974: At Fenway‚ the Red Sox break out of a 3-3 tie with the Yankees to win‚ 8-3. It is their 10th straight win over the Yanks at home, and their 19th in their last 20 games with the Bronx Bombers. Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee goes the distance for the Sox.
1971: Myril Hoag, the only Yankee player to go 6 for 6 in a 9-inning game in the 20th century, dies at the age of 63.
1962: On Old Timers Day at the Stadium‚ White Sox knuckleballer Eddie Fisher loses a 3-0 shut out when he surrenders 7th inning homers to Mickey Mantle and Johnny Blanchard, as the Yankees win 4-3.
1961: The Yanks buy first baseman Bob Hale from Cleveland. This will make veteran Earl Torgeson, signed on June 17‚ expendable. They’ll release Torgy as a player in early September and sign him as a coach.
1960: With relief help from Bobby Shantz, Whitey Ford, who leaves with an upset stomach‚ picks up a 4-0 win over the Indians. Tony Kubek‚ Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer homer for the pinstripers. The Yanks sweep‚ winning the nitecap‚ 9-2‚ and take over 1st place by 3 percentage points.
1959: The White Sox take over first place for good by toppling the Yankees 4-3 behind pitcher Billy Pierce. Al Smith‚ with a 2-run homer in the 8th‚ provides the winning margin. The Sox will go 13-9 against the Yankees this year‚ the first time since 1925 that Chicago is over .500 for the season against the Bombers.
1958: For the 6th time in his career‚ Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate. New York beat the Athletics 14-7, as the Yankees pick up a game on Boston and open up a 15-game lead in the AL. now leads the AL by 15 games. Mantle and KC’s Bob Cerv are one behind Jackie Jensen (29) in the home run race.
1943: In a charity game for the Red Cross at the Stadium‚ Babe Ruth heads a team of former Yankees against Ted Williams’ team‚ which consists of the University of North Carolina Cloudbusters.Johnny Sain walks the Babe in the latter’s one plate appearance‚ as the old time Yanks lose 8-5.
1940: Charlie ‘King Kong’ Keller clouts 3 HRs and Joe DiMaggio adds 2 HRs-each hitting back-to-back homers twice-for the Yankees in a 10-9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader. Skeeter Webb is 5-for-6 with a homer for the Sox. The Pale Hose rebound for an 8-4 win in the nitecap.
1938: After taking the first 3 games in St. Louis‚ the Yankees are stopped by Browns pitcher Oral Hildebrand, who tops New York 4-3. All three Yankee scores come on solo home runs‚ by Joe DiMaggio‚ George Selkirk‚ and Lou Gehrig. New York now leads the Indians by a game‚ and the Red Sox by three.
1936: In the 6th inning of a 16-6 Yankee win in Detroit‚ the Tigers’ Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. Right fielder Joe DiMaggio and center fielder Myril Hoag, in for a slumping Jake Powell‚ sprint for the ball and collide‚ the ball bounding by for an inside-the-park homer. Both players are knocked unconscious but appear unhurt: Dimag stays in though Hoag is replaced. He’ll play tomorrow and collect a single‚ then collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a blood clot on the brain. Hoag will be operated on
successfully at Harper Hospital and will be out the rest of the season‚ but he’ll return to play six more years. New York win the game on 20 hits‚ scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings‚ and three apiece in the 4th and 5th. Lou Gehrig scores 5 runs and has two doubles‚ single and home run number 31 with two aboard to pace the visitors. Tommy Bridges is the loser while Johnny Murphy, who relieves Monte Pearson in the 4th‚ is credited with the win. George Selkirk adds a homer for the Yankees‚ who have now hit 122 on the year.
1932: At Cleveland‚ Babe Ruth has 3 hits‚ including his 27th and 28th homers of the campaign thus far, and drives in 7 tallies to personally account for the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Tribe. Ruth is still suffering from an injured leg but is needed today because Ben Chapman is ill. Red Ruffing fans 10 in the victory.
1924: The Yankees take a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener‚ 8-3 behind Joe Bush. They score 10 runs in the first inning in the nitecap‚ then hang on for a 12-10 win. After the Yanks bat around‚ Babe Ruth greets reliever Mike Cvengros with a 3-run homer‚ his 31st.
1922: The Yanks move back into first when Sad Sam Jones beats Ray Kolp 7-3. Kolp lasts just 2 innings before Bill Bayne takes over for the final 7 and allows 2 runs. Ken Williams hits his 23rd but Whitey Witt counters with a 3-run homer.
1890: Elmer Miller, the first Yankee ever to bat in a World Series game (as the leadoff man for Miller Huggins in the 1921 fall classic), is born.
2007: Andy Pettitte has a solid outing against the Orioles at Camden Yard (AKA Yankee Stadium South), giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings of work, but his opposite number Jeremy Guthrie is even better, as the hosts emerge from the contest with a 4-2 win.
2002: Jason Giambi has a homer and 5 runs scored as the Yankees double up the Indians 14-7. Nick Johnson also goes long to back David Wells.
1997: Andy Pettite makes a quality start, scattering 9 hits over 7 2/3 innings, but his offense will be unable to overcome a 3-run third by the Mariners, as Joe Girardi’s two-run seventh-inning double off Seattle southpaw Jeff Fassero will the best the Yankee bats can muster. The visitors from Seattle hold out for a 3-2 victory.
1995: At Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium, rookie Andy Pettitte evens his record on the year to 6-6 with a 1-0 squeaker over the Royals. Mike Stanley knocks in DH Dion James with a 4th inning single for all the offense that will be needed by Dandy Andy, who also gets setup help from Bob Wickman, and the last 3 outs from closer John Wetteland.
1978: The Yankees win the first game of their doubleheader with the Indians 11-0‚ but the Tribe rebound to win the second contest 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties a Major League record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap‚ only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.
1975: In the first of a twinbill with the Yankees at Shea Stadium‚ Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lee wins‚ 1-0‚ and then Roger Moret applies a double coating of whitewash with a 6-0 nitecap victory. Though largely unnoticed at the time, a rookie named Ron Guidry makes his debut in the second game, though, and notches Jim Rice as his first Major League strikeout victim. The losses deal a severe blow to the Yanks’ pennant hopes as well as to Bill Virdon’s chances of holding onto his job as New York’s manager.
Elsewhere in the 5 boroughs, Alex Rodriguez is born. Happy 37th to A-Rod!
1973: Thurman Munson singles home the winner in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 1-0 win over Brewers starter Jim Colburn. The Bombers maintain their hold on first place, 1 1/2 games in front of the Orioles.
Off the field, Enrique Wilson, utility infielder for the Yankees from 2001 through 2004, is born. ¡Cumpleaños feliz, Enrique!
1970: The Yankees defeat California‚ 5-2‚ behind Mel Stottlemyre ‚ who is helped by ever-crafty shortstop Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied‚ Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch-runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.
1956: Good pitching trumps good hitting every time… and vice versa: 4 Yankee hurlers surrender 26 hits to the Kansas City A’s (to their own side’s 13) over 14 innings (including 5 hits apiece to Hector Lopez and Vic Power), but still hold on to win 10-9.
1951: The White Sox, now 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees and the Red Sox, open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th‚ the Sox make it 4-3 before rain and the home team delay the game. Yankee rookie sensation Gil McDougald is ejected for stalling‚ and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally‚ the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.
1949: Three homers are lost in a rain-shortened game at the Stadium between the Yankees and the Indians. In the bottom of the first, Tommy Henrich goes deep off Bob Feller with two on and no one out. In the top of the second, Joe Gordon bangs a solo shot with one out off Ed Lopat. One inning later, Cleveland pitcher Sam Zoldak (shown below) hits a solo homer with one out off Lopat. Zoldak loses his only career round-tripper with the washout.
1945: The Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from the Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal‚ confounding fans and the other AL teams. Borowy‚ 10-5 with the Yankees‚ was put on waivers‚ apparently to solve a roster problem‚ and was passed over by all 7 AL teams who assumed the Yanks would pull him back if claimed. The Cubs snatch him for $97‚500‚ and he will help the Northsiders win the pennant with an 11-2 record‚ including 3 wins over the Cardinals down the stretch.
1933: Johnny Kucks, pitcher on 4 Yankee pennant winners and 2 championship clubs in the 1950s, is born. Happy 79th, Johnny!
1922: Elam Vangilder gives up a home run to Wally Pipp in the 4th but leads 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns’ starter and reliever Ray Kolp for 4 runs before the Brownies tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth is summoned from the bullpen, and offers New York pinch hitter Fred Hofman a pitch ‘that sailed a foot.’ When umpire Brick Owens exams the ball‚ he rules that it was doctored‚ earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Wayne Wright then comes on and serves up a game-winning home run to Wally Schang. The Yankee margin of victory is 6-5.
1921: In an exhibition game in Cincinnati‚ Babe Ruth is 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. One of his hits is a homer to dead center‚ the first ball ever to clear the center field at Crosley Field. In his next at bat‚ Ruth hits an even longer smash that reaches the bleachers in straightaway center. The next hitter to clear the center field wall will be Ethan Allen in 1929. Ruth strikes out on 3 change-ups against rookie Pete Donohue ‚ who is so excited he goes to the wrong bench. For Donohue‚ he will later say this was one of the most memorable moments of his life.
1905: Leo Durocher is born. Though ‘Leo the Lip’ achieved his most lasting renown (and his entry in to the Hall of Fame) as a manager, he began his playing career as a Yankee, and played a vital role in sustaining the Bronx Bombers’ pennant drive down the stretch in 1928.
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1928: In the opening game of a doubleheader with the Tigers, Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel hits for the cycle, and becomes the only man in AL history thus far to do so three times in his career. (Only Babe Herman has equaled the mark in the NL.)
Detroit rookie righthander Vic Sorrell and the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt are tied at 1-1 after 11. 12 hits and 2 walks in the 12th‚ all off Sorrell‚
score 11 New York runs to set an MLB record for the biggest extra-inning storm ever for the frame (the same two combined for 11
runs in the 12th inning on May 14‚ 1923: NY-8‚ Det-3‚ which is a record for 2 teams). Detroit take the nitecap‚ outslugging New York‚ 13-10. Harry Heilmann hits a grand slam‚ in the 2nd‚ and adds a triple and single to drive in 8 runs. Earl Whitehill is the winner‚ though reliever Elam Vangilder belts a homer.
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2008: At Fenway, Andy Pettitte gets the start and goes six strong innings before handing things over to the bullpen. Robinson Cano’s 3 RBI on 3 hits pace the visitors’ offense as the Yankees roll 10-3.
2005: Randy Johnson has one of his finest starts as a Yankee in a 4-0 win over Minnesota at the Stadium, striking out 11 while allowing only two hits over eight innings. A-Rod’s leadoff second-inning home run provides all the offense that will be needed.
1998: Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada both deliver 2-run homers, helping to back David Wells to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.
1996: The Yankees unleash a 21-hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals 15-1. This is the most hits New York have collected in 9 innings since August 25‚ 1984‚ when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key (below) is the easy winner‚ giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly‚ who had sat out the first half of the season recovering from surgery‚ makes his debut and promptly pulls a
1987: Catfish Hunter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1977: The Yankees open their final series of the year with Baltimore by tying the O’s at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson two-run pinch homer in the 9th. Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th with a solo homer for the walkoff win.
1967: After winning the opening game of a doubleheader with the Twins at the Stadium 6-1‚ the Yankees play their second 18-inning game this year in the nitecap, losing this one 3-2 to Minnesota. Rod Carew walks‚ steals second, continues to third on catcher Russ Gibbs’ errant throw‚ and scores on Rich Rollins’ single. Al Worthington’s win over Thad Tillotson takes 4 hours and 20 minutes.
1962: One of the stranger incidents in the history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry occurs after the Bombers thrash Boston 13-3 at the Stadium. Following the game, pitcher Gene Conley and utility infielder Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear – they leave the team bus in traffic to find a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides he wants to fly to Israel‚ and takes a cab to Idlewild (now JFK) airport‚ but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game‚ walking in 2 of
the 8 earned runs allowed ikn 2 2/3 innings of work. Green did not play. Jim Bouton is the winner‚ blanking the Hubmen for 6 innings.
1961: Johnny Blanchard ties a Major League record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in 4 at bats over 3 games. He drives in 4 of the Yankee runs in a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at the Stadium. New York manage just 6 hits, but 4 are homers‚ including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s first-inning shot. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats‚ the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 trips to the plate.
1957: Mickey Mantle hits his 200th career homer, off Jim Bunning. The shot comes with the Yankees trailing in the bottom of the 9th, but the Bombers come up short, 3-2.
1955: The Yankees release pitcher Ted Gray, who will be signed by Baltimore, who will be signed by Baltimore‚ his 4th AL team this year. Only 2 other players have played for 4 AL teams in one season.
1953: At Briggs Stadium‚ the crowd of 49‚717 watch the Tigers and the Yankees split a doubleheader, as well as a game 1 fight between Billy Martin and Detroit’s Matt Batts. The Tigers prevail in the lidlifter 5-3, and then the Yanks bounce back and then some to roll 14-4 in the second contest. Mickey Mantle connects for two homers‚ reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nitecap.
1952: Mickey Mantle supplies the Yankee fire power again‚ hitting a grand slam – the first of his career – into the upper deck in left center at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray, but New York lose 10-6 in 11 innings. Steve Souchock comes up with the key blow for the Bengals, delivering a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue takes the loss for the Bombers.
1948: Babe Ruth makes his last public appearance‚ at the New York premiere of the film ‘The Babe Ruth Story’. He will die 3 weeks later.
1941: The Yankees roll over the White Sox 11-3‚ collecting 14 hits. But Sox reliever Johnny Hallett strikes out Joe DiMaggio in the 6th‚ the first K for the Yankee Clipper since June 8.
1940: Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat‚ knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2 home runs‚ one a grand slam off Pete Appleton. The 6 RBI by a pitcher ties the Major League record held by George Uhle, Wes Ferrell, and Appleton himself. Joe Gordon also goes long, his 7th homer in 8 games. Tonight’s game was the last night game for the Yankees this year: their record after dark is 3-2.
1939: At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees score in all 8 innings to beat the Browns 14-1. Bill Dickey leads the 20-hit attack by slamming three straight homers. Red Ruffing coasts to the win‚ scattering St. Louis safeties.
1936: Umpire Bill Summers (below) is forced out of the game after he is hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50‚000 at Comiskey Park. The throng are upset with an out call at first on Ray Radcliff in the 8th inning of the second game of a doubleheader with the Yankees. Judge Landis‚ on hand to watch the game‚ offers a $5‚000 reward over the PA system for the culprit‚ but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through a megaphone from the pitcher’s mound. The Yanks sweep the pair from the Sox‚ 12-3 and 11-8 (in 11 innings). Lou Gehrig hits his 29th with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap‚ Gehrig adds another homer‚ while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home 4 runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit‚ a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 1/2 games. Landis will state tomorrow that he is considering a ruling that all beverages at ballparks henceforth be served in paper cups.
1933:Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the second game of a doubleheader‚ a 9-4 loss to Boston. Home plate arbiter Bill Summers tosses him in the 4th for excessively heckling the umps. Had it been the first game‚ Lou’s consecutive-game streak would have ended. New York win the first game‚ 2-0
1931: The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2nd game 22-5 with an MLB record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway, who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd‚ is shelled in the debacle‚ the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago win the opener‚ 5-4‚ despite collecting just 5 hits off Hank Johnson. One of the hits is a hiomer by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning‚ his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year‚ a club mark not topped until another first baseman, Frank ‘Big Hurt’ Thomas‚ does it in 1991.
1924: At Chicago‚ Babe Ruth strikes out with the bases loaded in the 9th‚ then belts the game-winning home run in the 14th‚ off Sarge Connolly, to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Sox.
1922: A western road trip gets off to a bad start for the Yankees as tempers flare in the dugout at St. Louis. First, fisticuffs break out between Bob Meusel and Wally Schang (below); no sooner have teammates separated them than Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp have a punchup of their own. The players then take out their frustrations on the Browns, beating them 11-6. Ruth bangs two homers‚ Pipp adds another‚ and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.
1920: Caution pays… In Boston, Sad Sam Jones (below) walks Babe Ruth four times (three of them intentionally) and fires a three hitter at the rest of the Yankee lineup as the Red Sox roll 9-0.
1907: Cleveland win a pair over the New York Highlanders‚ 7-5 and 8-3‚ to move a half game behind the league-leading Chicago White Sox. The Sox lose today‚ 4-3 to the A’s. The Highlanders’ Hal Chase (below) has his 33-game hit streak stopped in game one. It began on June 24. It will be the longest in franchise history until Joe DiMaggio’s string in 1941.
2009: The Yankees go into action at the Stadium against the A’s riding an 8-game winning streak, and they finally edge ahead of the guests 1-0 in the 6th when Brett Gardner triples in Derek Jeter. The hitherto stingy Andy Pettitte, however, surrenders six hits and a walk to the next nine batters, and the Yanks fall 6-4 despite back-to-back homers by Jeter and Mark Teixeira in the eighth.
1998: Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton makes his first appearance at the Stadium since 1970, for Old-timers Day, and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing ‘Ball Four‚’ which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back
after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Times suggesting it.
1995: Yankees’ second baseman Randy Velarde collects 5 hits in New York’s 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde’s safeties include a homer and 4 singles.
1991: A jersey once worn by Mickey Mantle is sold for $71‚500 at an auction in Manhattan.
1967: At the Stadium‚ AL home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1-0 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until 2 outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle launches a ball over the 457 ft.in right center to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 1-1 and will be replayed on August 18. New York will win the replay‚ 1-0.
1961: Roger Maris hits 4 homers‚ tying the AL record for a doubleheader as New York beat Chicago 5-1 and 12-0. Mickey Mantle also homers off Frank Baumann in the first game. He ends the day with 38 HRs to Maris’ 40.
1959:In action against Detroit‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron, reaching for a wide throw, collides with Tiger runner Coot Veale. Skowron’s arm is fractured in two places and he will be out for the rest of the season. Marv Throneberry will fill in at first. The Yanks win‚ 9-8‚ when Yogi Berra homers in the 9th with Mickey Mantle aboard. Prior to Yogi’s blast, Bobby Richardson and Fritz Brickell hit their first ML homers for NY. Berra’s shot erases 5 Yankee errors‚ 3 by third baseman Hector Lopez.
1948: In the tight 4-team AL race‚ Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep over the White Sox, 5-3 and 7-3. DiMag is 3-for-3 in game 1 to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nitecap. His 3 RBIs in game 2 gives him an AL-high 86.
1943: At the Stadium‚ the second game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that ‘Mussolini has resigned.’ The crowd cheer wildly. On the field, the Yanks take game 2 by a 6-3 score after losing the opener‚ 2-1.
1939: Unbeaten rookie Atley Donald wins his 12th in a row for the Yankees‚ beating the visiting Browns 5-1. Joe DiMaggio’s home run off Brownie southpaw Howard Mills is the big blow‚ as the ball travels an estimated 450 feet into the rear section of the left field bleachers. Only Hank Greenberg‚ last year‚ has reached those distant seats in 16 years. Red Rolfe also homers to back Atlee’s five-hit victory.
1937: A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50‚000 as the Yankees come to town.New York win the opener 12-11‚ on a Joe DiMaggio home run and two blasts by Bill Dickey (below). Chicago overcome two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win‚ 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.
1930: The third-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers 14-7. Detroit take the early lead‚ knocking out Ed Wells in the first inning with five runs‚ but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5-4. Lou Gehrig adds a single‚ triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.
1928: Last-place Detroit sweep a pair from the stumbling Yankees‚ winning 3-2 and 10-7. George Pipgras blows the lead in the opener to lose to Elam Vangilder. The Tigers then run wild in the nitecap win behind starter George Smith‚ who picks up his only victory of the year. For the second time in his career‚ Detroit’s Jackie Tavener (below) steals second, third and home in the same game‚ swiping the 3 in the 4th inning. His steal of home is on the front end of a successful double steal‚ with Larry Woodall taking second. Tavener and Ty Cobb are the only AL players to accomplish this feat more than once. Hank Johnson takes the loss for New York.
1923: Bob Shawkey stops the A’s‚ 5-4‚ to give the Yanks their 2nd win in a row in Philadelphia. Babe Ruth is given 3 intentional passes to bring his walks total for the season to 100.
1920: Carl Mays (15-7) beats Boston‚ 8-2‚ for his 8th straight win. Babe Ruth bangs his 35th homer of the year‚ off Waite Hoyt, and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with Stuffy McInnis. Del Pratt (below)‚ with 3 hits on the day‚ lines into the TP.
1919: At Fenway, the Yankees light up Babe Ruth for 13 hits without a strikeout, but still lose to the Red Sox ace and his mates 8-6.
1908: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3-2 in the 8th‚ Detroit score 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Cluade Rossman due up next, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld shifts righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to first base, and replaces him with first sacker Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb‚ then goes back to first and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is the only pitching appearance of Chase’s career, as the Tigers win 5-3.
1904 Before 1‚522 at Hilltop Park, newly acquired veteran Al Orth makes his first start for the Highlanders and matches zeroes with Chicago’s Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th, Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler’s bouncer through the infield.
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1983: The ‘Pine Tar Game’.
With 2 outs in the 9th inning at the Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a
5-4 lead, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin‚ at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett’s bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result‚ Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball‚ giving New York a 4-3 victory. Brett goes ballistic, and the Royals immediately file a protest with AL President Lee MacPhail.
On other 24ths of July…
2004: One of the more eventful contests in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at Fenway. The game almost does not take place at all, as there is a delay of nearly one hour getting the field ready. By the time the umpiring crew agree that the game should go on, several Yankee players have showered and left the park. Tempers flare in the top of the 3rd when A-Rod is struck on the elbow by a pitch from Boston starter Bronson Arroyo. A-Rod yells at Arroyo; when catcher Jason Varitek intervenes, Rodriguez turns on him, and Varitek atatcks him without removing his mask. Both benches clear, then, and in the melee that follows, several players on both sides sustain minor cuts and bruises. After order is restored, A-Rod, Varitek, New York’s Kenny Lofton and Boston’s Gabe Kapler are all ejected. The game ends when Bill Mueller delivers a three-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 Red Sox win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball and goes 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. His replacement, Ramiro Mendoza, will give up an 8th inning moon shot to Detroit’s Juan Encarnacion. The blast lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left center, and is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodelled in the mid-’70s. Andy gets the 7-4 win, and Mariano Rivera the save.
1999: The Yankees pound the Indians 21-1. The Bronx Bomber attack is led by Chili Davis, who bangs out 5 hits‚ including a double and homer‚ while driving home 6 runs.
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s 2-run blast in the 6th propels the Yankees and Andy Pettitte to a 5-4 win over the White Sox at the Stadium.
1996: Andy Pettitte gives up 9 hits in six innings of work, but holds the Rangers to only 2 runs. A bases-loaded three-run double in 5th inning off the bat of Tino Martinez is the margin of victory as the Yanks roll 4-2 at home, and Andy goes to 15-5.
1991: In a game against the Mariners‚ the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 4th‚ Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3rd and home‚ but Maas scores when third baseman Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the 1st base line into foul territory where it is recovered by catcher Dave Cochrane. Cochrane fires home off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs.
1978: In Kansas City‚ a distraught Billy Martin reads a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Dick Howser will fill in that night as the Yanks lose 5-2.
1966: The Yankees beat the Angels 9-1 in game one of a doubleheader, and Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days. The
roundtripper‚ his 493rd‚ ties him with Gehrig for 6th place on the all-time list. The Yanks take the second contest as well, 4-1.
1961: 50‚000 fans‚ on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants, save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays. Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 4-1 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.
1958: It’s Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle today hitting back-to-back shots‚ in the 9th‚ as New York outhit Detroit for a 10-7 win. Paul Foytack comes on in releif today. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-4 as the Yanks complete a 3-game sweep of the Tigers.
1954: Repeating hsi recent experiment, Casey Stengel pulls Phil Rizzuto in the 8th for a pinch hitter and brings in Mickey Mantle to play shortstop. Mantle plays short with Willie Miranda at second against lefthanded hitters. Against righties‚ Miranda and Mantle switch positions. But Cleveland win 5-4 on Larry Doby’s 2-run homer in the 10th‚ his 3rd homer in 2 days at Yankee Stadium. Sam Dengte fills in at short for George Strickland‚ sidelined with a broken jaw. The Tribe go 2 1/2 games up on New York.
1940: The Yankees (6) and Browns (5) tie a Major League record for most pitchers in a 9-inning game. The Browns pound out a 14-12 win as Walt Judnich hits a home run‚ 2 doubles and 2 singles. He had 2 homers in yesterday’s win over New York. The Yanks counter with homers by Joe DiMaggio‚ Bill Dickey‚ Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich.
1934: In a 4-2 loss to the Browns‚ Yankee star center fielder Earle Combs crashes into the wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and
suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York summon George Selkirk as a replacement, but learn he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th‚ but will come back to play 89 games next season.
1929: The Yanks edge the Tigers‚ 7-5‚ behind the hitting of rookie Bill Dickey. The new starting catcher has 4 hits‚ including a home run, to back Herb Pennock’s pitching.
1926: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on a double steal with the Babe in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.
1923: In Philadelphia‚ Yankee pitcher Carl Mays (below) beats the Athletics‚ 9-2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson, who won 24 straight against the Phillies). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30‚ 1918‚ while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street.
1920: After losing 3 in a row‚ Cleveland salvage a win against New York by scoring 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 4-2. Both Yankee runs come on solo homers, by Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The Babe, who hit his 34th home run to give the Yanks a temporary 2-1 lead‚ moves to first base in the 8th to take over for Wally Pipp who was ejected for arguing a called third strike. Ruth’s high throw on a grounder allows Cleveland’s Ray Chapman to reach base safely‚ and he and Joe Wood score on a Larry Gardner triple that eludes Meusel. Jim Bagby is the winner. Cleveland leave New York with a slim lead over the Yanks.
1919: At Fenway‚ Babe Ruth is intentionally walked twice by Yankee hurler Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th‚ with a one run lead,he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Ruth, who hits his 15th homer. The Sox win‚ 4-2.
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1957: Before 42,422 at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle‚ the first in the AL since 1952‚ and adds a stolen base‚ against Chicago’s Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10-6. Bobby Murcer will be the next Yankee to cycle, in 1972.
On other 23rds of July…
2003: The Yankees top the Orioles 4-2‚ as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).
2001: Tino Martinez stroked his 250th career home run and Roger Clemens climbed past Tom Seaver on the all-time strike-out list in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Stadium.
1978: Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 3-1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Jackson’s relationship with George Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar, the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job.
1977: Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give Ron Guidry a 3-1 victory over the Brewers. The Yankees now move with 2 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox.
1966: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks celebrate Old-timers’ Day but lose to the Angels‚ 7-6‚ despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam‚ off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey’s career 9th. He ties Babe Ruth – not in home runs‚ but in games played as a Yankee.
1958: In Detroit‚ the Yankees finally defeat Frank Lary, beating up on the Tigers 16-4. It’s their first win in ’58 against Lary after 5 losses. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle hit back-to-back homers in the 9th off reliever Bill Fischer. Art Ditmar has 3 hits and wins his 6th against a loss.
1955: In the 9th inning at Kansas City‚ Yankee pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner, and teammate Elston Howard immediately follows with a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The two pinch homers in the same inning by teammates is a first in major league history. Howard’s blast ties the game, but the A’s win in 11 innings, 8-7.
1933: The Yanks sweep a pair from Cleveland by identical 8-1 scores. The Yankees have now played 301 games without being shutout.
The 1933 Yankees
1928: In Boston‚ the Yanks lose to the Red Sox‚ 8-3‚ despite Babe Ruth’s 40th homer. The Babe’s shot Ruth’s homer clears the left-centerfield wall‚ some 450 feet from home plate‚ and is the first ball to clear that part of Fenway. Ruth‚ who adds a double against Danny MacFayden is now 28 games ahead of last year’s home run pace. Al Shealy takes the loss for New York.
1925: Lou Gehrig hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams as the Yankees beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators‚ 11-7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that left fielder Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul‚ but it drops fair and bounds into the seats scoring Aaron Ward‚ Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs‚ and Gehrig also hits a 2-run blast in the 5th.
1922: The Yankees start planning for the World Series by acquiring third baseman Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland October hero Elmer Smith from Boston‚ giving up outfielder Elmer Miller‚ shortstop Chick Fewster‚ utility infielder John Mitchell and‚ later‚ pitcher Lefty O’Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to the imposition of the June 15th non-waiver trade deadline.
1903: The opener of the New York-Boston doubleheader at Hilltop Park pits Jack Chesbro against Cy Young. The Beantown Americans touch up the Highlander ace early, and Young cruises to a 6-1 victory in only 90 minutes. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nitecap 4-2.
2007: The Bombers erupt with a 10-run fourth inning on their way to a 21-4 thrashing of Tampa Bay. drubbing. Hideki Matsui goes 5-for-6 with a home run, Bobby Abreu homers and collects three other hits, good for four RBI. A-Rod goes long and knocks in three, Robbie Cano clears one fence in four hits for three RBI, and last but not least, Shelley Duncan hits the second and third home runs of his three-day-old Major League career.
2004: Ruben Sierra (below) hits a 9th-inning walkoff homer to break a scoreless tie with the Blue Jays. Mariano Rivera gets the 1-0 win.
2003: The Yankees acquire veteran pitcher Jesse Orosco from the Padres for a player to be named later.
1999: I get by with a little help from my friends… Andy Pettitte gets a 5-4 victory over the Devil Rays at the Stadium, but needs a hand from Ramiro Mendoza. After Pettitte walks the first two batters leading off the 7th, Mike Stanton comes in as a replacement, but proves equally ineffective, surrendering two base hits and uncorking a wild pitch, and allowing the Rays to pull within one with the bases loaded. Mendoza then strikes out pinch-hitter Paul Sorrento to quell the uprising. Mariano Rivera closes out the game, recording his 26th save of the year.
1998: The Yanks declaw the Tigers 13-2 to run their record to 71-25‚ a ML record winning percentage for that number of games.
1989: The Yankees trade third baseman Mike Pagliarulo and pitcher Don Schulze to San Diego for pitchers Walt Terrell and Fred Toliver. Toliver won’t report to New York until September 27 and Terrell will sign with the Pirates on November 29.
1960: The Yankees purchase 33-year-old pitcher Luis Arroyo from Jersey City of the IL. He will be a key to New York’s 1960 pennant drive, and a star in 1961.
1956: Batting against the ‘Mantle Shift’ In the second game of a twinbill at Kansas City, Mickey beats out a bunt in the 6th‚ then clouts a 2-run homer in the 7th. But Kansas City top New York‚ 7-4.
1954: In today’s doubleheader with the White Sox‚ Casey Stengel does some moving and shaking in an effort to get more power in the Yankee lineup as they chase the first-place Indians. After 4 pinch hitters‚ Phil Rizzuto plays second base, and Mickey Mantle comes in to play shortstop. The Mick ties the opener 3-3 in the 8th‚ then solos in the 10th with his 20th homer. The Yankees easily win the nitecap‚ 11-1‚ behind Harry Byrd’s 5-hitter. Chicago fall 6 1/2 games in back of the Indians‚ who sweep 2 from Boston‚ while New York is just a half game behind the Tribe.
Off the field, the Yanks sign Ralph Branca as a free agent. The goat of the ‘Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff’ will make 5 appearances in pinstripes over the course of the rest of the season before being released.
1948: The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the decision over Bob Feller, 6-5. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam is the big blow for the Bombers: he has hit 4 homers and a triple in Feller’s 4 starts against New York. His 8 RBIs in the 3 games with Cleveland give him a league-leading 82.
1944: Sparky Lyle, great Yankee reliever of the ’70s, is born. Happy 68th, Sparky!
1931: In twinbill action at Detroit‚ the Tigers win 3-2 over the Yankees in game 1. In game 2‚ Babe Ruth homers in the 1st off Tommy Bridges, then he and Lou Gehrig both go long in the 6th off Charles Sullivan as New York win‚ 9-5. Tony Lazzeri triples with the sacks full to help Babe & Lou.
1925: The Yankees buy shortstop Leo Durocher from Hartford of the Eastern League.
1920: The Yanks move to within seven percentage points of the Indians by tripping up the Tribe 11-3 in 7 innings. The Yanks put it away early and then try and speed play to beat the rain: Babe Ruth doubles in the 4th and is out strolling to third‚ Bob Meusel does the same‚ and Ping Bodie follows with a single-turned-double when Speaker doesn’t throw to second. The Indians also Bodie alone as he goes to third on a passed ball and walks home to score. With the crowd booing‚ Aaron Ward walks and then Muddy Ruel waves at three to end the 4th inning. Cleveland gs down in the 5th‚ and the two teams play normally until the heavens open up in the 7th. Rip Collins is the winner over Stan Coveleski.