7/20 in Yankee History
2009: The Yankees win their third straight home game, and their third straight by a 2-1 score. Andy Pettitte is on top of his game, giving up just about nothing once Baltimore’s Nick Markakis homers off him in the first. Eric Hinske levels matters with a second-inning shot off David Hernandez. After Melky Cabrera makes a potentially game-saving catch off Aubrey Huff in center field in the top of
the ninth, Alfredo Aceves notches one of his 10 season wins when Hideki Matsui delivers the walkoff home run.
2008: Another first-rate outing from Mr. Pettitte, as Dandy Andy outduels Oakland’s Justin Duscherer,allowing just one run on four hits through eight, walking none and striking out nine in the process. An A-Rod sac fly gets Andy an early lead, but once the A’s tie it in the sixth, Jason Giambi unties it with a long drive to right for the game winner.
1998: The Tigers take the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4-3 score in 17 innings. The Bombers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score, with Hideki Irabu getting the win. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.
1987: Don Mattingly ties another ML record‚ this time in the field‚ as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Twins. Mattingly also ties a franchise record as well, since the last player to accomplish the feat was Hal Chase of the Highlanders in 1906.
1985: Scattering 7 hits‚ Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight‚ beating the Twins 8-3. Don Mattingly has a 2-run homer and a 2-run double for the Yanks.
1978: Ron Guidry, who lost his first game July 7‚ goes to 14-1 with a 4-hit shutout over the Twins. The Yankees win 4-0.
1965: Mel Stottlemyre becomes the first (and the only to date) American League pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam. The only other hurler to have accomplished the feat was Deacon Phillippe of the Pirates, in 1910. Stottlemyre’s bases-loaded drive in the 5th at the Stadium‚ off Bill Monbouquette‚ assures him of a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.
1962: Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Washington starter Steve Hamilton to propel New York to a 3-2 victory. The Mick goes 3-for-4 and his on-base percentage is now .516.
1960: At Municipal Stadium‚ with Cleveland in the lead 8-2‚ Mickey Mantle launches a Gary Bell pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in right, making him only the second player after Luke Easter to reach that spot. Cleveland hold on
for an 8-6 win.
1956: In a 6-2 Yankee win over the A’s, Whitey Ford ties the AL record by striking out 6 successive batters.
1951: The Yankees beat the Browns‚ 1-0‚ with Tom Morgan (below) besting Ned Garvere. 87 games into the season‚ the dust settles with New York, Boston, Cleveland‚ and Chicago all within a half-game of first place.
1944: In St. Louis‚ the Browns stretch their lead with a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard ejects Brownie hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for allegedly wetting the ball. The game is held up for 15 minutes as debris thrown onto the field from the stands is cleared away. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning‚ accusing the Yanks’ Hank Borowy of loading up a ball. Potter is banished for 10 days for ‘putting an illegal substance on the ball‚’ but will return to
win 19 games for St. Louis.
1941: Joe DiMaggio collects 3 doubles and a homer as the Yankees go 17 innings with the Tigers before winning 12-6 at Detroit. Also going long are fellow outfielders Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich.
1937: At Sportsman’s Park‚ the Browns load the bases with no one out in the 10th inning against the Yankees‚ but fail to score. Pinch hitting manager Rogers Hornsby grounds into a force at home‚ then Ethan Allen’s fly out results in a tag out at home. Joe DiMaggio contributes his 25th homer of the year‚ and adds an assist from center field as the Yanks win it 5-4. DiMag has two hits in the nitecap to extend his hitting streak to 21 games‚ and New York win 9-6. The twin losses give the Browns a season record of 25-52.
1920: With two outs in the 9th‚ the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees 7-5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth wallops his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game‚ 6-3‚ behind George Mogridge. The Babe goes hitless, but Wally Pipp (below) homers. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120‚000 for the four days.
1912:Ray Caldwell does double duty for the Highlanders. As a pinch runner in game one of a twinbill with Cleveland, he steals home for the walkoff 4-3 win, then pitches his club to a 4-0 victory in the second.
1904: The Highlanders trade pitchers ‘Long Tom’ Hughes (7-11) and Barney Wolfe (0-3) to the Senators for Al ‘the Curveless Wonder’ Orth (3-4). Orth (below) will regain his form in New York‚ going 11-6 this year and will win 27 games in 1906.