7/09 in Yankee History
The red-letter day:
2011: Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to join the 3000 hit club.
On other 9ths of July…
2002: In a controversial finish, the All-Star Game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. The Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano homers for the junior circuit in the contest.
2000: Not only do the Yanks lose to the Mets at Shea, as Andy Pettitte is outduelled by Mike Hampton 2-0, but they lose Shane Spencer for the rest of the season as the outfielder damages his knee when he stumbles making a catch.
1999: The uniform worn by Lou Gehrig when he made his ‘luckiest man on earth’ speech on July 4‚ 1939 is sold for $451‚541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone.
1986: The Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson, who had had become the target of such fan abuse in New York that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him at the Stadium.
1985: Despite giving up 9 hits and striking out only one batter, Ron Guidry wins his 10th straight decision, beating the Royals, 6-4.
1972: The Yankees beat the Twins 9-6‚ even though Rich Reese of Minnesota triers a Major League record by hitting the third pinch grand slam of his career, off Lindy McDaniel.
1960: Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins‚ and 14 straight over two seasons‚ as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-5. The Sox are lead by Vic Wertz, who drives in 4 runs with a homer, a double and a single. Coates’ ML record is 17-2.
1958: In front of the Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly‚ U.S. Senators are treated to a long‚ rambling, barely comprehensible discourse on baseball and America by Casey Stengel. When Stengel finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and the Yankee centerfielder deadpans, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” Manager and player return to New York in time to help thrash the Cleveland Indians 13-2.
1955: Bob Turley and the Yanks prevail over the Washington Senators, with Mickey Mantle’s 5 for 5 day providing the motor for the offense. Bullet Bob tosses a two-hit shutout in the 4-0 win.
1937: Joe DiMaggio goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle with 2 homers in addition to a triple‚ double and single, leading New York to a 16-2 trouncing of the Senators. Lou Gehrig also homers for New York. The game is marked by a free-for-all between the two squads‚ and Joe Kuhel and Jake Powell are ejected for fighting. The trouble between the pair goes back to last week when Powell knocked a throw out of Kuhel’s glove. When Powell took his place in left field after the incident he was showered with pop bottles.
1936: The temperature is 106*F in Central Park‚ the hottest July 9 in New York City in the 20th century, as the Yankees host the Indians at the Stadium. The temperature at the park is 102*F. The Yanks score 4 in the 1st inning‚ but Cleveland come back to score 11 runs on 15 hits‚including 5 homers‚ to win 11-4. Hal Trosky‚ Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the MLB record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the AL lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.
1932: At the Stadium, Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman has two inside-the-park homers and 6 RBIs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Detroit.The Yanks win 14-9, completing the sweep after taking first game 7-6‚ home run heroics provided by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe Sewell.
1929: Hector Lopez, early ’60s Yankee outfielder, and member of the ’61 and ’62 championship teams, is born. Happy 83rd, Hector!
1927: At Detroit’s Navin Field. Babe Ruth hits two homers and two doubles to lead the Yankees to a 19-7 driveby of the Tigers in the opening game of a twinbill. Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun almost matches the Babe‚ going 5-for-5 and swiping 5 bases. The Bengals bounce right back in the nitecap, thrashing the Yanks 14-4.
1919: The Indians Stan Coveleski stops one streak‚ beating New York’s Bob Shawkey 2-0‚ to end the pitcher’s 10-game win streak. But they don’t stop Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, who singles to hit in his 29th straight game. Peck‚ who is leading the AL in hitting‚ will go hitless tomorrow.
1874: Jack Powell, who won 23 games for the New York Highlanders in 1904, is born.