8/01 in Yankee History
2009: Just hours before the trading deadline, Jerry Hairston Jr. is acquired from the Reds for minor league prospect Chase Weems; Shelley Duncan is optioned to AAA to make room for the new arrival.
2007: Andy Pettite holds the White Sox to 1 run on 6 scattered hits, and the bullpen keep a lid on things following his departure after 7 innings of work. With the win, the Baton Rouge, LA native draws his record even at 7-7.
2006: In action against the Blue Jays on a stiflingly hot day, Bernie Williams strokes a 3-run double off Toronto’s A.J. Burnett in the 4th of a 5-1 win. It is his 442nd career two-bagger, which ties him with Don Mattingly for second all-time on the Yankee list. Because of the heatwave, many of the Yankee Stadium scoreboard’s features not are not working in keeping with New York’s stretched power grid.
1997: A 5-run 4th and a 3-run 6th are more than enough to propel the Yanks and Andy Pettitte to an 8-3 victory over Minnesota at the Stadium. Pettitte gives up 13 hits, but still goes 8 2/3 innings, needing help from reliever Jim Mecir only to get the final out.
1995: It’s a no-decision for Andy Pettitte, as he yields after 5 innings to rookie Mariano Rivera, a new member of the middle relief corps. Rivera, who is the pitcher of record when the Yanks pull ahead to stay with a 3-run 7th , goes to 4-2 on the year.
1993: Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has chosen to be depicted on his plaque in a Yankees cap.
1979: Thurman Munson plays his last game, a 9-1 win over the White Sox at Chicago. Munson, who has been plagued by knee troubles, is playing first base, but leaves the game in 3rd after striking out in his only turn at bat. Following the contest, some of his teammates create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the Yankee bus outside Comiskey Park.
1973: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry flares up again, as Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With the score 2-2 in the top of the 9th‚ Munson‚ attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk, and both come up swinging. Boston win 3-2 in the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind the Orioles.
1968: Against the Red Sox‚ Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters‚ the most ever by a Yankee rookie‚ in posting his first Major League shutout‚ 1-0. His mark will last 30 years until ‘El Duque’ Hernandez fans 13. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh‚ a steal‚ and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off Boston’s Dave Morehead.
1941: Lefty Gomez blanks the St. Louis Browns 9-0 despite walking 11 batters‚ the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A Major League record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded‚ matching a mark established twice before in shut outs (May 22‚ 1913; July 29‚ 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24‚ 1994‚ will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year‚ with 1334 left on base. Tommy Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits‚ including 2 homers. For Gomez‚ it is his 8th straight win.
1937: Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle for the second time in his career, as the Yankees win 14-5. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year‚ and his 3rd in three days.
1932: With Earl Whitehill on the mound for Detroit‚ the Yanks’ normal fifth batter Tony Lazzeri goes to bat and‚ sensing something amiss‚ asks ump Dick Nallin who is supposed to be up. The lineup card shows Ben Chapman, but when manager Joe McCarthy (below) says its a mistake‚ Nallin lets Lazzeri hit. When Lazzeri singles‚ Detroit skipper Bucky Harris rushes out to protest‚ but Nallin overrules him. New York win 6-3‚ but the Detroit protest will be upheld by AL president Will Harridge , and the game replayed on September 8th. This game will result in some statistical confusion since the individual records will be included‚ but the game will not beclisted in the ‘games played’ column for a few years (Some reference works erroneously list this game as having being played on August 19th).
1928: In a Yankee 12-1 rout of the Browns, Babe Ruth hits home run No. 42 in the 1st‚ off Alvin ‘General’ Crowder‚ and goes 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace. Bob Meusel,also belts a homer. Winning pitcher Hank Johnson (below) scatters 7 hits and goes an unprecedented 5-for-5 at the plate.
1925: The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn thenickname ‘Poosh-em-up’ from his legion of Italian admirers.
1905: Cleveland’s sidearm-firing Earl Moore is hit on the foot by a line drive and limps to a 3-2 loss to the Highlanders in New York. He will hobble to a 2-8 record the rest of the season‚ finishing at 15-15 and win just 9 games in the following three seasons. Meanwhile‚ Cleveland ‘loans’ catcher Nig Clarke to Detroit. He’ll be returned to Cleveland on August 11. He is the third catcher this year to be sold‚ then returned to his original team.
1903: Rube Waddell (below) no-hits the Highlanders except for Kid Elberfeld, who collects 4 singles. These‚ plus a lavish 6 walks‚ take the Philadelphia hurler down to a 3-2 defeat, with the win going to Jack Chesbro. The eccentric A’s ace observes afterward: “If I’d walked him 4 times‚ I would have pitched a no-hitter.”