7/30 in Yankee History
2009: Andy Pettitte goes to the hill at Cellular Field, but will leave the game in the 6th with the score tied at 1-1. Phil Hughes will be saddled with the 3-2 loss when he gives up Dewayne Wise’s walkoff single in the 9th.
2006: The Yankees obtain All-Star outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospects – pitcher Matt Smith, shortstop C.J. Henry, catcher Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Carlos Monasteries.
2001: The Yankees reacquire pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending San Diego pitcher Brett Jodie and outfielder Darren Blakely. New York will pluck Jodie off the waiver list in January.
2000: Another strong start from Andy Pettitte, who leaves in the 6th with a 7-3 lead over the Twins, after scattering 7 hits. The bullpen make the margin stand up, as the Yanks finish with a 7-4 victory, and a 2 out of 3 series win at the Metrodome.
1999: The Yankees thump the Red Sox 13-3‚ as Chuck Knoblauch collects 5 hits‚ including a home run to lead off the game and a double, good for 4 RBI. Knoblauch’s leadoff blast is followed by a Derek Jeter homer.
1998: Another no decision for Andy Pettitte, as the drawling lefty departs after 7 with the game at Anaheim scoreless. Tino Martinez finally breaks the deadlock with a 2-run bases-loaded single in the 10th. A Chad Curtis sac fly will complete the scoring, and Mariano slams the door.
1997: David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals 7-0. Tino Martinez hits his 36th homer and Luis Sojo raps out 4 hits.
1996: At the Ballpark in Arlington, Andy Pettitte has one of the worst starts of his young career, as he is chased by a Ranger cannonade of 10 runs on 10 hits in only 2 2/3 innings. His replacement Jim Mecir gives up another 4, as the hosts roll to a 15-2 laugher.
1993: The Yankees obtain pitcher Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees pitcher John Habyan go to the Royals outfielder Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.
1990: In an unexpectedly harsh ruling‚ Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club’s general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner’s $40‚000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee star Dave Winfield.
1986: Yankee backup catcher Ron Hassey is traded for the third time in 8 months‚ this time going to Chicago in a deal that brings outfielder-DH Ron Kittle, shortstop Wayne Tolleson and catcher Joel Skinner to the Bronx.
1977: Don Gullett picks up his 10th win of the year‚ a 9-3 victory over the A’s. But it will prove to be his final win of the year when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.
1966: The Yanks go down meekly to Chicago’s Gary Peters, who takes only 75 pitches to subdue the Bombers 6-0‚ facing just 29 batters.
1956: Facing Bob Lemon, Mickey Mantle socks his first grand slam of the year‚ and drives in 6 runs‚ to lead New York to a 13-6 drubbing of the Indians at Cleveland. Mantle follows by hitting his only career homer off Bob Feller, who has come on in relief. The Yankees now lead the AL by ten games.
1955: The Orioles get pitcher Ed Lopat from the Yankees for pitcher Jim McDonald and cash. New York waive the veteran to make room for Don Larsen.
1951: In action against Detroit at the Stadium, Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep center and, thinking it’s the 3rd out‚ begins trotting in. It’s only the second out‚ however, and George Kell scores from second to make the score 4-2 in the 8th. Despite the lapse‚ the Yanks win‚ 5-4‚ with DiMag redeeming himself by delivering the walkoff base hit in the 9th.
1936: The Yankees, with Jake Powell (below) back in center for the sidelined Myril Hoag‚ drop a 5-4 decision to Detroit. On August 1st‚ Powell will go to left‚ with Joe DiMaggio playing center for the first time. George Selkirk will return to right. The Yanks lose today when Charlie Gehringer ties the match with a two-run homer in the 8th. Bill Dickey allows a ball to get by him in the 10th and Burns scores the winner. Schoolboy Rowe pitches 10 innings for the win over Johnny Broaca.
1927: At the Stadium, the Yanks trim the Indians twice‚ 7-3 and 5-0. Lou Gehrig has a pair of home runs to edge in front of Babe Ruth for the AL lead in round-trippers by 1. One is Lou’s second bounce homer of his career (a fair ball that bounced into the stands was a HR in the AL until 1929, until 1930 in the NL – Gehrig had 2 career bounce homers, while Ruth never hit one.) Dutch Ruether wins the opener and adds a home run‚ Waite Hoyt wins his 14th in the nitecap.
1920: Behind Carl Mays, the Yankees roll to a 21-hit‚ 19-3 laugher against the host Browns. George Sisler homers for the Browns’ lone bright spot‚ but Babe Ruth counters with a 2-run homer in the 9th that clears the right field bleachers. Bob Meusel follows with a homer‚ his second in two days.
1919: The White Sox and the Yankees, tied for first place, split a pair of 10-inning games – The Yanks take the first 6-5 on a squeeze bunt. Yankee outfielder Ping Bodie’s steal of home in the 9th inning of game two ties the match at 3 runs apiece, but the Sox push across two runs in the 10th to win.
1890: Casey Stengel is born.