7/25 in Yankee History
2009: The Yankees go into action at the Stadium against the A’s riding an 8-game winning streak, and they finally edge ahead of the guests 1-0 in the 6th when Brett Gardner triples in Derek Jeter. The hitherto stingy Andy Pettitte, however, surrenders six hits and a walk to the next nine batters, and the Yanks fall 6-4 despite back-to-back homers by Jeter and Mark Teixeira in the eighth.
1998: Former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton makes his first appearance at the Stadium since 1970, for Old-timers Day, and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing ‘Ball Four‚’ which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back
after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Times suggesting it.
1995: Yankees’ second baseman Randy Velarde collects 5 hits in New York’s 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde’s safeties include a homer and 4 singles.
1991: A jersey once worn by Mickey Mantle is sold for $71‚500 at an auction in Manhattan.
1967: At the Stadium‚ AL home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1-0 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until 2 outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle launches a ball over the 457 ft.in right center to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 1-1 and will be replayed on August 18. New York will win the replay‚ 1-0.
1961: Roger Maris hits 4 homers‚ tying the AL record for a doubleheader as New York beat Chicago 5-1 and 12-0. Mickey Mantle also homers off Frank Baumann in the first game. He ends the day with 38 HRs to Maris’ 40.
1959:In action against Detroit‚ Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron, reaching for a wide throw, collides with Tiger runner Coot Veale. Skowron’s arm is fractured in two places and he will be out for the rest of the season. Marv Throneberry will fill in at first. The Yanks win‚ 9-8‚ when Yogi Berra homers in the 9th with Mickey Mantle aboard. Prior to Yogi’s blast, Bobby Richardson and Fritz Brickell hit their first ML homers for NY. Berra’s shot erases 5 Yankee errors‚ 3 by third baseman Hector Lopez.
1948: In the tight 4-team AL race‚ Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a doubleheader sweep over the White Sox, 5-3 and 7-3. DiMag is 3-for-3 in game 1 to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nitecap. His 3 RBIs in game 2 gives him an AL-high 86.
1943: At the Stadium‚ the second game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that ‘Mussolini has resigned.’ The crowd cheer wildly. On the field, the Yanks take game 2 by a 6-3 score after losing the opener‚ 2-1.
1939: Unbeaten rookie Atley Donald wins his 12th in a row for the Yankees‚ beating the visiting Browns 5-1. Joe DiMaggio’s home run off Brownie southpaw Howard Mills is the big blow‚ as the ball travels an estimated 450 feet into the rear section of the left field bleachers. Only Hank Greenberg‚ last year‚ has reached those distant seats in 16 years. Red Rolfe also homers to back Atlee’s five-hit victory.
1937: A doubleheader at Comiskey Park draws 50‚000 as the Yankees come to town.New York win the opener 12-11‚ on a Joe DiMaggio home run and two blasts by Bill Dickey (below). Chicago overcome two homers and 5 RBIs from Tommy Henrich in game 2 to win‚ 7-6. The Sox score 3 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th.
1930: The third-place Yankees pound old mate Waite Hoyt and beat the Tigers 14-7. Detroit take the early lead‚ knocking out Ed Wells in the first inning with five runs‚ but Henry Johnson pitches 8 1/3 innings of solid relief and pounds a two-run triple in the 4th to make it 5-4. Lou Gehrig adds a single‚ triple and his 29th homer as each team makes 11 hits.
1928: Last-place Detroit sweep a pair from the stumbling Yankees‚ winning 3-2 and 10-7. George Pipgras blows the lead in the opener to lose to Elam Vangilder. The Tigers then run wild in the nitecap win behind starter George Smith‚ who picks up his only victory of the year. For the second time in his career‚ Detroit’s Jackie Tavener (below) steals second, third and home in the same game‚ swiping the 3 in the 4th inning. His steal of home is on the front end of a successful double steal‚ with Larry Woodall taking second. Tavener and Ty Cobb are the only AL players to accomplish this feat more than once. Hank Johnson takes the loss for New York.
1923: Bob Shawkey stops the A’s‚ 5-4‚ to give the Yanks their 2nd win in a row in Philadelphia. Babe Ruth is given 3 intentional passes to bring his walks total for the season to 100.
1920: Carl Mays (15-7) beats Boston‚ 8-2‚ for his 8th straight win. Babe Ruth bangs his 35th homer of the year‚ off Waite Hoyt, and adds a double and a spectacular catch. Boston second baseman Mike McNally snags a line drive in the 3rd inning to start a triple play with Stuffy McInnis. Del Pratt (below)‚ with 3 hits on the day‚ lines into the TP.
1919: At Fenway, the Yankees light up Babe Ruth for 13 hits without a strikeout, but still lose to the Red Sox ace and his mates 8-6.
1908: With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3-2 in the 8th‚ Detroit score 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Cluade Rossman due up next, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld shifts righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to first base, and replaces him with first sacker Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb‚ then goes back to first and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is the only pitching appearance of Chase’s career, as the Tigers win 5-3.
1904 Before 1‚522 at Hilltop Park, newly acquired veteran Al Orth makes his first start for the Highlanders and matches zeroes with Chicago’s Yip Owen. In the bottom of the 9th, Patsy Dougherty leads off with a triple and scores on Willie Keeler’s bouncer through the infield.