7/23 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1957: Before 42,422 at the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle‚ the first in the AL since 1952‚ and adds a stolen base‚ against Chicago’s Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10-6. Bobby Murcer will be the next Yankee to cycle, in 1972.
On other 23rds of July…
2003: The Yankees top the Orioles 4-2‚ as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).
2001: Tino Martinez stroked his 250th career home run and Roger Clemens climbed past Tom Seaver on the all-time strike-out list in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at the Stadium.
1978: Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 3-1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Jackson’s relationship with George Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar, the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job.
1977: Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give Ron Guidry a 3-1 victory over the Brewers. The Yankees now move with 2 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox.
1966: At the Stadium‚ the Yanks celebrate Old-timers’ Day but lose to the Angels‚ 7-6‚ despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam‚ off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey’s career 9th. He ties Babe Ruth – not in home runs‚ but in games played as a Yankee.
1958: In Detroit‚ the Yankees finally defeat Frank Lary, beating up on the Tigers 16-4. It’s their first win in ’58 against Lary after 5 losses. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle hit back-to-back homers in the 9th off reliever Bill Fischer. Art Ditmar has 3 hits and wins his 6th against a loss.
1955: In the 9th inning at Kansas City‚ Yankee pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner, and teammate Elston Howard immediately follows with a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The two pinch homers in the same inning by teammates is a first in major league history. Howard’s blast ties the game, but the A’s win in 11 innings, 8-7.
1933: The Yanks sweep a pair from Cleveland by identical 8-1 scores. The Yankees have now played 301 games without being shutout.
The 1933 Yankees
1928: In Boston‚ the Yanks lose to the Red Sox‚ 8-3‚ despite Babe Ruth’s 40th homer. The Babe’s shot Ruth’s homer clears the left-centerfield wall‚ some 450 feet from home plate‚ and is the first ball to clear that part of Fenway. Ruth‚ who adds a double against Danny MacFayden is now 28 games ahead of last year’s home run pace. Al Shealy takes the loss for New York.
1925: Lou Gehrig hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams as the Yankees beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators‚ 11-7. Gehrig’s slam is a fly ball in the 7th that left fielder Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul‚ but it drops fair and bounds into the seats scoring Aaron Ward‚ Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs‚ and Gehrig also hits a 2-run blast in the 5th.
1922: The Yankees start planning for the World Series by acquiring third baseman Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland October hero Elmer Smith from Boston‚ giving up outfielder Elmer Miller‚ shortstop Chick Fewster‚ utility infielder John Mitchell and‚ later‚ pitcher Lefty O’Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to the imposition of the June 15th non-waiver trade deadline.
1903: The opener of the New York-Boston doubleheader at Hilltop Park pits Jack Chesbro against Cy Young. The Beantown Americans touch up the Highlander ace early, and Young cruises to a 6-1 victory in only 90 minutes. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nitecap 4-2.