7/24 in Yankee History
The red-letter day:
1983: The ‘Pine Tar Game’.
With 2 outs in the 9th inning at the Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a
5-4 lead, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin‚ at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett’s bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result‚ Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball‚ giving New York a 4-3 victory. Brett goes ballistic, and the Royals immediately file a protest with AL President Lee MacPhail.
On other 24ths of July…
2004: One of the more eventful contests in the long Yankees-Red Sox rivalry takes place at Fenway. The game almost does not take place at all, as there is a delay of nearly one hour getting the field ready. By the time the umpiring crew agree that the game should go on, several Yankee players have showered and left the park. Tempers flare in the top of the 3rd when A-Rod is struck on the elbow by a pitch from Boston starter Bronson Arroyo. A-Rod yells at Arroyo; when catcher Jason Varitek intervenes, Rodriguez turns on him, and Varitek atatcks him without removing his mask. Both benches clear, then, and in the melee that follows, several players on both sides sustain minor cuts and bruises. After order is restored, A-Rod, Varitek, New York’s Kenny Lofton and Boston’s Gabe Kapler are all ejected. The game ends when Bill Mueller delivers a three-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 Red Sox win.
2001: Andy Pettitte gets the ball and goes 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. His replacement, Ramiro Mendoza, will give up an 8th inning moon shot to Detroit’s Juan Encarnacion. The blast lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left center, and is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodelled in the mid-’70s. Andy gets the 7-4 win, and Mariano Rivera the save.
1999: The Yankees pound the Indians 21-1. The Bronx Bomber attack is led by Chili Davis, who bangs out 5 hits‚ including a double and homer‚ while driving home 6 runs.
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s 2-run blast in the 6th propels the Yankees and Andy Pettitte to a 5-4 win over the White Sox at the Stadium.
1996: Andy Pettitte gives up 9 hits in six innings of work, but holds the Rangers to only 2 runs. A bases-loaded three-run double in 5th inning off the bat of Tino Martinez is the margin of victory as the Yanks roll 4-2 at home, and Andy goes to 15-5.
1991: In a game against the Mariners‚ the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 4th‚ Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3rd and home‚ but Maas scores when third baseman Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the 1st base line into foul territory where it is recovered by catcher Dave Cochrane. Cochrane fires home off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs.
1978: In Kansas City‚ a distraught Billy Martin reads a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Dick Howser will fill in that night as the Yanks lose 5-2.
1966: The Yankees beat the Angels 9-1 in game one of a doubleheader, and Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days. The
roundtripper‚ his 493rd‚ ties him with Gehrig for 6th place on the all-time list. The Yanks take the second contest as well, 4-1.
1961: 50‚000 fans‚ on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants, save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays. Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 4-1 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.
1958: It’s Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle today hitting back-to-back shots‚ in the 9th‚ as New York outhit Detroit for a 10-7 win. Paul Foytack comes on in releif today. Mickey Mantle is 3-for-4 as the Yanks complete a 3-game sweep of the Tigers.
1954: Repeating hsi recent experiment, Casey Stengel pulls Phil Rizzuto in the 8th for a pinch hitter and brings in Mickey Mantle to play shortstop. Mantle plays short with Willie Miranda at second against lefthanded hitters. Against righties‚ Miranda and Mantle switch positions. But Cleveland win 5-4 on Larry Doby’s 2-run homer in the 10th‚ his 3rd homer in 2 days at Yankee Stadium. Sam Dengte fills in at short for George Strickland‚ sidelined with a broken jaw. The Tribe go 2 1/2 games up on New York.
1940: The Yankees (6) and Browns (5) tie a Major League record for most pitchers in a 9-inning game. The Browns pound out a 14-12 win as Walt Judnich hits a home run‚ 2 doubles and 2 singles. He had 2 homers in yesterday’s win over New York. The Yanks counter with homers by Joe DiMaggio‚ Bill Dickey‚ Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich.
1934: In a 4-2 loss to the Browns‚ Yankee star center fielder Earle Combs crashes into the wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis and
suffers a broken collarbone and a fractured skull. New York summon George Selkirk as a replacement, but learn he broke his arm today playing for Newark. Combs will announce his retirement on the 28th‚ but will come back to play 89 games next season.
1929: The Yanks edge the Tigers‚ 7-5‚ behind the hitting of rookie Bill Dickey. The new starting catcher has 4 hits‚ including a home run, to back Herb Pennock’s pitching.
1926: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on a double steal with the Babe in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.
1923: In Philadelphia‚ Yankee pitcher Carl Mays (below) beats the Athletics‚ 9-2 for his AL record 24th straight win over Philadelphia. (This matches the ML high of Christy Mathewson, who won 24 straight against the Phillies). He started with doubleheader victories on August 30‚ 1918‚ while pitching for the Red Sox. The Yankees score 5 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th on Babe Ruth’s 3-run homer‚ which lands on the roof of a house across 20th street.
1920: After losing 3 in a row‚ Cleveland salvage a win against New York by scoring 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 4-2. Both Yankee runs come on solo homers, by Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth. The Babe, who hit his 34th home run to give the Yanks a temporary 2-1 lead‚ moves to first base in the 8th to take over for Wally Pipp who was ejected for arguing a called third strike. Ruth’s high throw on a grounder allows Cleveland’s Ray Chapman to reach base safely‚ and he and Joe Wood score on a Larry Gardner triple that eludes Meusel. Jim Bagby is the winner. Cleveland leave New York with a slim lead over the Yanks.
1919: At Fenway‚ Babe Ruth is intentionally walked twice by Yankee hurler Bob Shawkey with runners on. But in the 8th‚ with a one run lead,he gives up a single to Braggo Roth and pitches to Ruth, who hits his 15th homer. The Sox win‚ 4-2.