7/26 in Yankee History
The red-letter day -
1928: In the opening game of a doubleheader with the Tigers, Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel hits for the cycle, and becomes the only man in AL history thus far to do so three times in his career. (Only Babe Herman has equaled the mark in the NL.)
Detroit rookie righthander Vic Sorrell and the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt are tied at 1-1 after 11. 12 hits and 2 walks in the 12th‚ all off Sorrell‚
score 11 New York runs to set an MLB record for the biggest extra-inning storm ever for the frame (the same two combined for 11
runs in the 12th inning on May 14‚ 1923: NY-8‚ Det-3‚ which is a record for 2 teams). Detroit take the nitecap‚ outslugging New York‚ 13-10. Harry Heilmann hits a grand slam‚ in the 2nd‚ and adds a triple and single to drive in 8 runs. Earl Whitehill is the winner‚ though reliever Elam Vangilder belts a homer.
On other 26ths of July…
2008: At Fenway, Andy Pettitte gets the start and goes six strong innings before handing things over to the bullpen. Robinson Cano’s 3 RBI on 3 hits pace the visitors’ offense as the Yankees roll 10-3.
2005: Randy Johnson has one of his finest starts as a Yankee in a 4-0 win over Minnesota at the Stadium, striking out 11 while allowing only two hits over eight innings. A-Rod’s leadoff second-inning home run provides all the offense that will be needed.
1998: Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada both deliver 2-run homers, helping to back David Wells to a 6-3 win over the White Sox.
1996: The Yankees unleash a 21-hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals 15-1. This is the most hits New York have collected in 9 innings since August 25‚ 1984‚ when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key (below) is the easy winner‚ giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly‚ who had sat out the first half of the season recovering from surgery‚ makes his debut and promptly pulls a
1987: Catfish Hunter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1977: The Yankees open their final series of the year with Baltimore by tying the O’s at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson two-run pinch homer in the 9th. Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th with a solo homer for the walkoff win.
1967: After winning the opening game of a doubleheader with the Twins at the Stadium 6-1‚ the Yankees play their second 18-inning game this year in the nitecap, losing this one 3-2 to Minnesota. Rod Carew walks‚ steals second, continues to third on catcher Russ Gibbs’ errant throw‚ and scores on Rich Rollins’ single. Al Worthington’s win over Thad Tillotson takes 4 hours and 20 minutes.
1962: One of the stranger incidents in the history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry occurs after the Bombers thrash Boston 13-3 at the Stadium. Following the game, pitcher Gene Conley and utility infielder Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear – they leave the team bus in traffic to find a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides he wants to fly to Israel‚ and takes a cab to Idlewild (now JFK) airport‚ but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game‚ walking in 2 of
the 8 earned runs allowed ikn 2 2/3 innings of work. Green did not play. Jim Bouton is the winner‚ blanking the Hubmen for 6 innings.
1961: Johnny Blanchard ties a Major League record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in 4 at bats over 3 games. He drives in 4 of the Yankee runs in a 5-2 victory over the White Sox at the Stadium. New York manage just 6 hits, but 4 are homers‚ including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s first-inning shot. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats‚ the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 trips to the plate.
1957: Mickey Mantle hits his 200th career homer, off Jim Bunning. The shot comes with the Yankees trailing in the bottom of the 9th, but the Bombers come up short, 3-2.
1955: The Yankees release pitcher Ted Gray, who will be signed by Baltimore, who will be signed by Baltimore‚ his 4th AL team this year. Only 2 other players have played for 4 AL teams in one season.
1953: At Briggs Stadium‚ the crowd of 49‚717 watch the Tigers and the Yankees split a doubleheader, as well as a game 1 fight between Billy Martin and Detroit’s Matt Batts. The Tigers prevail in the lidlifter 5-3, and then the Yanks bounce back and then some to roll 14-4 in the second contest. Mickey Mantle connects for two homers‚ reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nitecap.
1952: Mickey Mantle supplies the Yankee fire power again‚ hitting a grand slam – the first of his career – into the upper deck in left center at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray, but New York lose 10-6 in 11 innings. Steve Souchock comes up with the key blow for the Bengals, delivering a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue takes the loss for the Bombers.
1948: Babe Ruth makes his last public appearance‚ at the New York premiere of the film ‘The Babe Ruth Story’. He will die 3 weeks later.
1941: The Yankees roll over the White Sox 11-3‚ collecting 14 hits. But Sox reliever Johnny Hallett strikes out Joe DiMaggio in the 6th‚ the first K for the Yankee Clipper since June 8.
1940: Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat‚ knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2 home runs‚ one a grand slam off Pete Appleton. The 6 RBI by a pitcher ties the Major League record held by George Uhle, Wes Ferrell, and Appleton himself. Joe Gordon also goes long, his 7th homer in 8 games. Tonight’s game was the last night game for the Yankees this year: their record after dark is 3-2.
1939: At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees score in all 8 innings to beat the Browns 14-1. Bill Dickey leads the 20-hit attack by slamming three straight homers. Red Ruffing coasts to the win‚ scattering St. Louis safeties.
1936: Umpire Bill Summers (below) is forced out of the game after he is hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50‚000 at Comiskey Park. The throng are upset with an out call at first on Ray Radcliff in the 8th inning of the second game of a doubleheader with the Yankees. Judge Landis‚ on hand to watch the game‚ offers a $5‚000 reward over the PA system for the culprit‚ but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through a megaphone from the pitcher’s mound. The Yanks sweep the pair from the Sox‚ 12-3 and 11-8 (in 11 innings). Lou Gehrig hits his 29th with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap‚ Gehrig adds another homer‚ while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home 4 runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit‚ a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 1/2 games. Landis will state tomorrow that he is considering a ruling that all beverages at ballparks henceforth be served in paper cups.
1933:Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the second game of a doubleheader‚ a 9-4 loss to Boston. Home plate arbiter Bill Summers tosses him in the 4th for excessively heckling the umps. Had it been the first game‚ Lou’s consecutive-game streak would have ended. New York win the first game‚ 2-0
1931: The Yankees split a doubleheader with the White Sox, taking the 2nd game 22-5 with an MLB record-tying 9 players scoring 2 or more runs each. Pat Caraway, who had given up 11 runs to Boston in 4 2/3 innings on the 23rd‚ is shelled in the debacle‚ the worst loss in Sox history. Chicago win the opener‚ 5-4‚ despite collecting just 5 hits off Hank Johnson. One of the hits is a hiomer by Lu Blue in the 3rd inning‚ his first and only homer in his 2 seasons in a Chicago uniform. But Lu will collect 127 walks this year‚ a club mark not topped until another first baseman, Frank ‘Big Hurt’ Thomas‚ does it in 1991.
1924: At Chicago‚ Babe Ruth strikes out with the bases loaded in the 9th‚ then belts the game-winning home run in the 14th‚ off Sarge Connolly, to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Sox.
1922: A western road trip gets off to a bad start for the Yankees as tempers flare in the dugout at St. Louis. First, fisticuffs break out between Bob Meusel and Wally Schang (below); no sooner have teammates separated them than Babe Ruth and Wally Pipp have a punchup of their own. The players then take out their frustrations on the Browns, beating them 11-6. Ruth bangs two homers‚ Pipp adds another‚ and Schang chips in with a two-run triple.
1920: Caution pays… In Boston, Sad Sam Jones (below) walks Babe Ruth four times (three of them intentionally) and fires a three hitter at the rest of the Yankee lineup as the Red Sox roll 9-0.
1907: Cleveland win a pair over the New York Highlanders‚ 7-5 and 8-3‚ to move a half game behind the league-leading Chicago White Sox. The Sox lose today‚ 4-3 to the A’s. The Highlanders’ Hal Chase (below) has his 33-game hit streak stopped in game one. It began on June 24. It will be the longest in franchise history until Joe DiMaggio’s string in 1941.