8/02 in Yankee History


The red-letter day (bordered in black) -

1979: Yankee captain Thurman Munson dies at the age of 32. He was killed in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51‚151 will attend the memorial tribute at the Stadium tomorrow.



On other 2nds of August…

2002: Andy Pettitte pitches a gem against the Angels, going 8 1/3 innings and giving up only 4 hits. The last two come in the 9th, and Joe Torre summons Ramiro Mendoza to get the final two outs in the 4-0 shutout.



1999: Facing off against David Wells, who is going into action against his previous year’s teammate after being swapped to Toronto for Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte is on top form, surrendering only one run to the Blue Jays before handing the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Derek Jeter’s 8th inning homer with Joe Girardi aboard unknots the tie, and the Yankees win 3-1.



Off the field, Bud Selig announces that Darryl Strawberry’s reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th


1990. Yankee rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th homer in just 77 at bats‚ the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. The Yanks lose to Detroit 6-5 in 11 innings, however.



1985: In the 7th inning of a game with the White Sox, with the score tied at three and no one out, Rickey Henderson singles with two on. As the throw from the outfield comes in, Yankee shortstop Bobby Meacham crashes into Carlton Fisk at home plate, but the Chisox catcher holds onto the ball for the first out. Meacham’s teammate, third baseman Dale Berra, seeing that Fisk is shaken, keeps coming, but the Sox catcher rights himself. When the dust clears, he has managed to tag both members of the left side of the Yankee infield out on the same play. When following batter Don Mattingly flies out to center, the Yanks will have turned two singles and a Chicago error into a scoreless inning



1978: The Yankees jump out to a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston come back to tie it after starter Dick Tidrow and Goose Gossage  between them uncork 3 wild pitches‚ issue two bases-loaded walks‚ and give up a series of bloop hits. The game is still tied after 14 innings when play is suspended because of curfew regulations.



1975: The soap opera begins: Billy Martin arrives in New York for his first tour of duty as Yankee manager‚ replacing Bill Virdon, named by The Sporting News as last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.


1961: In the second game of a doubleheader, New York beat Kansas City 12-5 with Mickey Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Roger Maris are now even at 40 homers each. The Yankees had already prevailed in the opener 6-5.



1957; At the Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi takes a no hitter into the 7th inning before Gil  McDougald and Mickey Mantle hit
one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.



1956:The Indians’  Herb Score shuts out the Yankees 4-0 for the Tribe’s 7th shut out in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets Cleveland on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Preston Ward and Rocky Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo blasts as the only scoring in a shutout win set a Major League record.



1943: Yankee minor league prospect Larry Berra (the ‘Yogi’ will come later)‚ playing for Norfolk‚ has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the 18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13 RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits‚ 23 RBI‚ with 3 homers‚ two triples‚ and a double. For his other 109 games‚ Berra has just 4 homers and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.


1941: Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win‚ 2-0. It is the Yankees’ 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits‚ including a double to Joe DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.



1936: In Cleveland‚ the Indians play their first game in three years at Municipal Stadium and draw 65‚000 fans to watch the Yankees
and the Tribe battle to a 16-inning 4-4 tie. Darkness ends the game at 7:15. Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak will miss a month after being
struck in the face with a Monte Pearson pitch in the 3rd inning. The pitch fractures his jaw. Lou Gehrig is 3-for-6 before leaving in 14th inning for Jack Saltzgaver. Hal Trosky runs his hit streak to 28 games but will be stopped tomorrow by Schoolboy Rowe. The game is part of a promotion put on in conjunction with the nearby Great Lakes Exposition. Prior to the game there are a number of contests
including one for pitching accuracy‚ won by 17-year-old Bob Feller.



1931: The Red Sox and the third-place Yankees split a Sunday doubleheader before a record 40‚000‚ played at Braves Field because of religious restrictions involving Fenway. Former Boston pitcher Red Ruffing wins the first game 4-1‚ and ex-New Yorker Wilcy Moore blanks his former mates 1-0 in the nightcap. Moore allows just three singles in topping George Pipgras. The Yanks will go 308 games before being shut out again.



1928: In St. Louis‚ the Browns go 15 innings with the Yankees before emerging winners‚ 4-3. Tired starter Herb Pennock (below) gives up the winning single to pitcher Walter Stewart‚ who relieved for Curly Ogden. The loss leaves the sputtering Yanks only 4 1/2 games ahead of the A’s – they had a 12-game lead on July 4th



1919: In New York‚ the Tigers beat the Yankees in 10 innings‚ 14-8. Harry Heilmann (below) hits his second homer of the day, a grand slam, to provide the big blow in ther extra frame – the shot comes after an intentional walk to Bobby Veach. The two had hit homers in the 8th on successive pitches. Heilmann adds a pair of singles and Ty Cobb has 4 hits and a walk. Roger Peckinpaugh paces New York with 3 hits‚ including a home run‚ and 4 RBIs.


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