7/17 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1950: Whitey Ford wins his first Major League game‚ beating the visiting White Sox 4-3. Tom Ferrick closes for New York.
1947: The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3-1 and 7-2 to extend their winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29‚ in game 2 of a doubleheader with the Senators‚ when they were 3 1/2 games in front; they now lead by 11 1/2.
1941: In front of more than 60‚000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park‚ Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian
pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby‚ plus sensational plays by third baseman Ken Keltner‚ stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edge the Indians 4-3‚ for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.
On other 17ths of July…
2003: Andy Pettitte gets the start, and gives up 4 runs and 7 hits, including a home run to former Yankee Shane Spencer, in 7 innings of work before handing the ball over to Chris Hammond. An Alfonso Soriano homer in the sixth pulls the Yanks even at 2, but reliever Hammond gives up up two in the seventh, before Derek Jeter’s two-run blast in the eighth ties things yet again. Hideki Matsui’s walk-off home run on the second pitch of the home ninth gives Mariano and the Yankees the win, 5-4.
1996: The Red Sox take a 9-2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in Boston. New York score 3 in the 7th‚ 2 in the 8th‚ and 4 in the 9th to move ahead‚ 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.
1990: At the Stadium‚ Bo Jackson hits 3 straight homers, the third for career no. 100, then separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park homer run, but Kansas City take home a 10-7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (shown below with his father) makes his ML debut‚ pitching an inning of relief against the Bronx Bombers.
1989: In a 7-3 loss to the White Sox, Yankee hurler Dave LaPoint gives up Carlton Fisk’s 2,000th career hit.
of the leading Orioles.
Baltimore. The nitecap goes into the 5th when‚ with 2 outs and the Yanks up 4-1‚ a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling the game‚ thus washing out homers by Mantle and Roger Maris.
1934:Babe Ruth draws his 2‚000th base on balls at Cleveland‚ off Oral Hildebrand. He will retire with a still untopped walk record of
2‚056. The Indians jump on 3 pitchers for 17 hits to win 13-5, though.
1920: The Yankees collect 21 hits‚ good for forty bases‚ to starch the White Sox 20-5. Aaron Ward shines in the field and collects a home run‚ a triple‚ and two singles. Ruth is held to a double and two singles‚ while Happy Felsch leads the Sox with four RBI. With the Indians sweeping two from Boston‚ the Yankees trail the Tribe by two games.
1903: Cleveland knock Jack Chesbro out of the box in the 6th to easily beat the host New Yorkers‚ 11-4. Nap Lajoie‚ Elmer Flick have triples for Cleveland and Wid Conroy contributes one for the Highlanders. The Naps’ Bill Bradely connects for a home run. The drive over the left field fence is ‘the longest hit made at the new grounds’ according to the New York Herald. Harry Howell (shown below) pitches the last three innings for the home team‚ holding Cleveland without a run.