7/16 in Yankee History
The red-letter days:
2006: As the Yankees defeat the White Sox, Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save.
1941: Joe DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yankee pummel the Indians‚ 10-3. The Clipper’s hitting streak has now reached 56 games.
On other 16ths of July…
2007; The Yankees begin their drive to reclaim the ’07 season. Their 6-4 win over Toronto is Game One in the second of four straight four-game series, all of which they will take by a three-games-to-one margin. Early home runs from Hideki Matsui, Robbie Cano, and A-Rod give them a 4-2 lead through three innings, one that Kei Igawa squanders by surrendering long balls to Troy Glaus and Alex Rios. Andy Phillips’ subsequent 2-run double, however, will provide the margin of victory.
2005: The Yankees obtain Al Leiter from the Marlins for a player to be named. Leiter will pitch tomorrow night and win.
1987: Don Mattingly bangs two homers‚ one a second inning grand slam‚ to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games. His 2nd inning grand slam‚ his 4th of the year‚ off Charlie Hough, followed a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagilarulo. Hough had 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball was too much for little-used catcher Mike Stanley‚ who sets an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie then break the record next month with 6 passed balls.
1967: At the Stadium‚ Baltimore outlast the Yankees to win 2-1 in 14 innings. New York manage just 4 hits‚ including a solo homer by Mickey Mantle‚ off Bill Dillman.
1964: The advantage in New York’s see-saw battle for first with Baltimore tilts southward once again, as Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6-1 outing against the Yankees and Jim |Bouton.
1959: After beating the Indians yesterday‚ the Yanks sweep a doubleheader today to knock the Tribe out of first. New York win the opener when Yogi Berra ties the game in the 9th with a homer‚ and Mickey Mantle wins it‚ 7-5‚ in the 10th with a 2-run shot off Gary Bell. Bobby Shantz wins the nitecap‚ 4-0. New York are now 5 1/2 games out of first.
1953: In the opening game of a doubleheader at St. Louis, Yankee starter Johnny Sain fails to get out of the first inning, as the first three Brownie batters – Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski and Jim Dyck – tie a Major League record by homering to start the game. The team’s 5 bases-empty homers in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It’s enough to beat the visitors 8-6. The Yanks bounce back to win the nitecap 7-3 behind Whitey Ford.
1951: While in Detroit‚ the Yanks option struggling rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle‚ plagued with strikeouts – 3 on the 13th – and in a slump‚ will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues‚ before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August 20th. Lefty hurler Art Schallock (shown below) takes the Mick’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2.3 innings in today’s 8-6 win.
1937: At Detroit‚ the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven walks to double up the Yankees‚ 14-7‚ ending New York’s win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson opens the floodgates by walking three on 15 pitches‚ fans Gee Walker‚ then walks Rudy York. His replacement Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk force in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bat around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca. Boots Poffenberger is the winning beneficiary of the Yankee wildness. New York end their 9-game win streak‚ but stay 6 1/2 ahead of Boston.
1920: Babe Ruth becomes the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in a season, though the Yankees lose to the Browns 3-2.
1907: Ed Walsh sets another Major League record for fielding chances for pitchers‚ handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning 3-2 White Sox win over the visiting Highlanders. His 12 assists (extra innings) will be matched by Nick Altrock in 1908 and Leon Cadore in 1920.