7/27 in Yankee History
2007: Andy Pettitte has a solid outing against the Orioles at Camden Yard (AKA Yankee Stadium South), giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings of work, but his opposite number Jeremy Guthrie is even better, as the hosts emerge from the contest with a 4-2 win.
2002: Jason Giambi has a homer and 5 runs scored as the Yankees double up the Indians 14-7. Nick Johnson also goes long to back David Wells.
1997: Andy Pettite makes a quality start, scattering 9 hits over 7 2/3 innings, but his offense will be unable to overcome a 3-run third by the Mariners, as Joe Girardi’s two-run seventh-inning double off Seattle southpaw Jeff Fassero will the best the Yankee bats can muster. The visitors from Seattle hold out for a 3-2 victory.
1995: At Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium, rookie Andy Pettitte evens his record on the year to 6-6 with a 1-0 squeaker over the Royals. Mike Stanley knocks in DH Dion James with a 4th inning single for all the offense that will be needed by Dandy Andy, who also gets setup help from Bob Wickman, and the last 3 outs from closer John Wetteland.
1978: The Yankees win the first game of their doubleheader with the Indians 11-0‚ but the Tribe rebound to win the second contest 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties a Major League record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap‚ only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.
1975: In the first of a twinbill with the Yankees at Shea Stadium‚ Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lee wins‚ 1-0‚ and then Roger Moret applies a double coating of whitewash with a 6-0 nitecap victory. Though largely unnoticed at the time, a rookie named Ron Guidry makes his debut in the second game, though, and notches Jim Rice as his first Major League strikeout victim. The losses deal a severe blow to the Yanks’ pennant hopes as well as to Bill Virdon’s chances of holding onto his job as New York’s manager.
Elsewhere in the 5 boroughs, Alex Rodriguez is born. Happy 37th to A-Rod!
1973: Thurman Munson singles home the winner in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 1-0 win over Brewers starter Jim Colburn. The Bombers maintain their hold on first place, 1 1/2 games in front of the Orioles.
Off the field, Enrique Wilson, utility infielder for the Yankees from 2001 through 2004, is born. ¡Cumpleaños feliz, Enrique!
1970: The Yankees defeat California‚ 5-2‚ behind Mel Stottlemyre ‚ who is helped by ever-crafty shortstop Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied‚ Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch-runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.
1956: Good pitching trumps good hitting every time… and vice versa: 4 Yankee hurlers surrender 26 hits to the Kansas City A’s (to their own side’s 13) over 14 innings (including 5 hits apiece to Hector Lopez and Vic Power), but still hold on to win 10-9.
1951: The White Sox, now 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees and the Red Sox, open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th‚ the Sox make it 4-3 before rain and the home team delay the game. Yankee rookie sensation Gil McDougald is ejected for stalling‚ and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally‚ the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.
1949: Three homers are lost in a rain-shortened game at the Stadium between the Yankees and the Indians. In the bottom of the first, Tommy Henrich goes deep off Bob Feller with two on and no one out. In the top of the second, Joe Gordon bangs a solo shot with one out off Ed Lopat. One inning later, Cleveland pitcher Sam Zoldak (shown below) hits a solo homer with one out off Lopat. Zoldak loses his only career round-tripper with the washout.
1945: The Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from the Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal‚ confounding fans and the other AL teams. Borowy‚ 10-5 with the Yankees‚ was put on waivers‚ apparently to solve a roster problem‚ and was passed over by all 7 AL teams who assumed the Yanks would pull him back if claimed. The Cubs snatch him for $97‚500‚ and he will help the Northsiders win the pennant with an 11-2 record‚ including 3 wins over the Cardinals down the stretch.
1933: Johnny Kucks, pitcher on 4 Yankee pennant winners and 2 championship clubs in the 1950s, is born. Happy 79th, Johnny!
1922: Elam Vangilder gives up a home run to Wally Pipp in the 4th but leads 2-1 going in to the 8th inning. The Yankees jump on the Browns’ starter and reliever Ray Kolp for 4 runs before the Brownies tie with 3 in the 9th. Dave Danforth is summoned from the bullpen, and offers New York pinch hitter Fred Hofman a pitch ‘that sailed a foot.’ When umpire Brick Owens exams the ball‚ he rules that it was doctored‚ earning Danforth an automatic 10-day suspension. Wayne Wright then comes on and serves up a game-winning home run to Wally Schang. The Yankee margin of victory is 6-5.
1921: In an exhibition game in Cincinnati‚ Babe Ruth is 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs. One of his hits is a homer to dead center‚ the first ball ever to clear the center field at Crosley Field. In his next at bat‚ Ruth hits an even longer smash that reaches the bleachers in straightaway center. The next hitter to clear the center field wall will be Ethan Allen in 1929. Ruth strikes out on 3 change-ups against rookie Pete Donohue ‚ who is so excited he goes to the wrong bench. For Donohue‚ he will later say this was one of the most memorable moments of his life.
1905: Leo Durocher is born. Though ‘Leo the Lip’ achieved his most lasting renown (and his entry in to the Hall of Fame) as a manager, he began his playing career as a Yankee, and played a vital role in sustaining the Bronx Bombers’ pennant drive down the stretch in 1928.