7/13 in Yankee History
The red-letter day (bordered in black) -
2010: Yankee owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80.
On other 13ths of July…
1985: In a pre-game ceremony at the Stadium, the Yankees retire the numbers 9 and 32, in honour of Roger Maris and Elston Howard respectively.
In the contest that follows, the Yanks beat Mike Mason and the Texas Rangers 3-1 behind Phil Niekro, with the save going to Dave Righetti.
1979: California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inningâ and each settle for one-hit victories: 6-1 over New Yorkâ and 2-0 over Oakland respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko while Reggie Jackson has the one-out safety off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Jim Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.
Off the field, Kei Igawa, who recently set the club record for wins at AAA Scranton, is born. Happy birthday to everyone’s favourite not ready for prime time pitcher!
1973: Bobby Murcer hits 3 home runsâ all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5-0 win over the
Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out.
1964: The Yankees belt 4 homers (Tom Tresh with 2, Clete Boyer and Mickey mantle 1 each) in Cleveland to top the Tribeâ 10-4.
1961: Chicago’s Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just two Yankees in the first inning. Then Mickey Mantle (no. 30) and Roger Maris (no. 34) belt back-to-back homers to send the vet to the showers. For Mantle, it is the 13th homer in his career off Wynnâ his favorite target. New York win, 6-2
1952: In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadiumâ Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11-1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg home run. Mickey Mantle is 4-for-5, including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nitecap, Mickey Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser for his 5th straight hit of the afternoonâ and the Yanks roll again,
1948: The Yanks’ Vic Raschi drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the
AL again tops the NL, 5-2, in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, George Kell and Hal Newhouser all miss places in the lineup due to injuries.
1947: Making his 14th Major league uniform change, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Bombers to the title. The next season, Newsom will go across the East River to join the Giants. To make room for Newsom, the Yanks sell pitcher Mel Queen to the Pirates.
1945: At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey launches three homers, the second a grand slam and a triple for a 15
total bases as the Indians go on a batting spree to roll 16-4. Seerey hits his homers off starter Atley Donald, Monk Dubiel and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948, the only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Jeff Heath adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over New York. The Yanks’ Donald is going in the other direction, and this will be his last career start. His charmed life against the Indians is over as well; after going 13-1 against Clevelandâ he has lost to them twice in 10 days.
1941: In Chicagoâ the Yankees sweep twoâ winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.
1934: Babe Ruth hits his 700th career home run, a two-run shot in the 3rd off Tommy Bridges, to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit’s Navin Field. As he is circling the bases, Ruth shouts to his teammates “I want that ball!” As with his 500th and 600th homerâ the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the sphere. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.
1927: Babe Ruth is 4-for-4 to lead New York to a 5-3 victory over the Indians. The Babe comments after the game: “Three singles and a double, and they call that a perfect day. That’s just bunting.” Willis Hudlin takes the loss, the 8th in a row for the Tribe.
1905: The New York Highlanders ‘rent’ catcher Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (shown below) from the Philadelphia A’s. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7. Powers was needed to replace backup catcher Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will
catch tomorrow but play mainly at first, replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in a collision at home plate in the Detroit game. The New York Times(July 22) will note that New York needed Powers to replace Patsy Dougherty, out with a finger injury.