7/03 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1922: Bob Meusel, already the first Yankee to hit for the cycle, turns the trick again in a 12-1 win over the A’s. Long Bob’s homer is back-to-back with one by Babe Ruth, as Carl Mays beats Philadelphia for the 22nd time in a row.
On other 3rds of July…
1998: Joe Torre lets Andy Pettitte throw 143 pitches in a 3-2 complete game victory over the Orioles at the Stadium. Chad Curtis knots the game at two with a fourth-inning home run off Mike Mussina, and the Yankee leftfielder also scores the walkoff winner in the 9th behind Scott Brosius’ single off Jesse Orosco.
1978: Yaz singles twice and doubles, and Dennis Eckersley gets the win over Ed Figueroa as the Red Sox beat the Bombers 9-5 at Fenway. The third-place Yanks now fall eight games off the pace.
1977: In the opening game of a twinbill at the Stadium, Roy White comes through with an 8th inning double to break a scoreless tie with the Tigers and give Ron Guidry a 2-0 win. It is Louisiana Lightning’s second straight complete-game shutout. The Tigers come roaring back in the second game for a 10-6 victory.
1967: Brian Cashman is born. Happy 45th to our GM!
1966: Mickey Mantle hits three home runs in consecutive times at bat for the second time in the same week when he goes yard in the first and the Yanks take a 5-0 lead over the Senators. It takes Bobby Richardson’s 11th-inning home run, however, to close out the 6-5 Yankee win.
1962: The Yankees squeak by the A’s 8-7, on the strength of five homers. Bobby Richardson accounts for one, and Roger maris hits two, but it is Mickey Mantle’s second of two, in the eighth, that plates the winning run.
1960: In doubleheader action against the Tigers in the Bronx, Ryne Duren preserves thefirst-game, 7-6 win in front of a 50,000-plus crowd by striking Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. Mickey Mantle’s three-run blast carries the Yanks to a second-game 6-2 victory and the sweep.
1951: Former Yankee reliever Hugh Casey, who made a critical contribution to New York fortunes in the stretch run of the 1949 pennant race, commits suicide at the age of 37. Casey is best remembered in Yankee lore, however, for game four of the 1941 World Series, when he was on the mound for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the bottom of the 9th, Dodger catcher Mickey Owen was unable to handle strike three from Casey with two outs. Given new life, the Bombers took the game and the series.
1950: Ever willing to shuffle the lineup, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. DiMag handles 13 chances flawlessly,
but is unhappy, especially since the Senators win, 7-2. The experiment will not be repeated.
1932: In the first ever Sunday game at Fenway, the Yankees own the Red Sox, 13-2 George Pipgras goes the distance for the Bombers.
1914: In Philadelphia, the A’s Chief Bender (below) and Bob Shawkey combine for a double whitewashing of the Yanks, 2-0 and 1-0.
Off the field, Buddy Rosar, backup catcher for the Yankee championship clubs of 1939 and 1941, is born.