7/21 in Yankee History
2006: The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees 7-3. A-Rod hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.
2000: The Yankees obtain Glenallen Hill (below) from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena.
1997: Four days after the birth of his second child‚ Yankee outfielder Mark Whiten (shown below during his tenure with Toronto) is arrested in Milwaukee and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman.
1988: One of the less successful trades in recent Yankee history – and one made even more notorious by the writers of ‘Seinfeld’ – is completed, as young slugger Jay Buhner is shipped to Seattle for Ken Phelps.
1980: C.C. Sabathia is born. Happy 32th to our hefty lefty!
1977: In the opening game of a doubleheader with the Brewers, Catfish Hunter tosses a 7-0 shutout, snapping a3-game Yankee losing streak. Milwaukee come back in the nitecap to win‚ 5-4 in 10 innings.
1976: Hall of Famer Earle Combs, starting center fielder for the great Yankee teams of the 1920s, dies at the age of 77.
1972: The Yankees sweep the Angels, winning 6-0 and 3-0, with Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre applying the whitewash.
1969: A gala All-Star Game banquet in Washington is one of baseball’s great events. An all-time team and all-time living team is announced. Babe Ruth is selected Greatest All-Time Player‚ and Joe DiMaggio Greatest Living Player. (DiMaggio will insist on being introduced by this title at all his public appearances until his death).
1961: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris slam back-to-back homers in the first inning for New York‚ but it takes a 2-out‚ 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard to finally subdue the Red Sox‚ 11-8 at Fenway. The pinch slam is the AL’s 6th of the season‚ a new record.
1957: At Cleveland‚ the Yankees split a pair‚ winning the opener and losing the nitecap by identical 7-4 scores. Mickey Mantle pops out in the 7th of the second contest after reaching base 10 straight times. He has a single‚ walk and homer off Ray Narleski in game 2‚ after collecting a single and four walks in the opener. He concluded yesterday’s game with two walks.
1945: The boys from the Bronx bomb the White Sox into 6th place‚ 12-3‚ with the help of three homers. Nick Etten delivers a grand slam, and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny go long as well. Ernie Bonham wins his seclond of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1st inning.
1930: Babe Ruth cracks homer no. 35 of the campaign thus far‚ Lou Gehrig belts his 28th – his third in two games – and Harry Rice adds another homer to lead the Yanks to a 7-3 win over Cleveland. Lefty Ed Wells is the winner despite giving up 4 hits to John Hodapp. Ruth is 12 games ahead of his 1927 pace.
1929: Wes Ferrell outpitches Waite Hoyt to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Yankees. Babe Ruth‚ still nursing a leg injury‚ contributes a pinch single. Lou Gehrig, in an uncharacteristic display of on-field temper, is tossed in the 4th inning for protesting a called third strike‚ and Miller Huggins quickly follows.
1921: The Indians bang out 9 doubles‚ and the Yankees 7 for an AL record 16 in Cleveland’s 17-8 win. The Indians‚ who cling to a 2-game lead‚ are led by Joe Sewell’s 5 hits. Two of the New Yorkers’ two-baggers are delivered by Roger Peckinpaugh.
1920: At the Polo Grounds, the first place Indians (58-28) open a series with the Yankees (58-32) and are held in check through 8 innings by Carl Mays (below). Wilting in the 9th‚ Mays gives up 3 runs and is relieved by Rip Collins. Ray Chapman fans with the bases loaded to end the game and New York hold on to win‚ 4-3. Bob Meusel and Wally Pipp homer for New York‚ while Babe Ruth is hitless for the second game in a row.