8/04 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
2010: With a first-inning 2-run blast off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum at the Stadium, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 7th player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs in his career, and the youngest ever to reach the milestone. The Yankees go on to win 5-1.
2007: Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, a 3-run shot off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals. This makes A-Rod the youngest player ever to reach 500 homers. He is only the second Yankee to hit number 500 at home; Mickey Mantle (on May 14, 1967 against Stu Miller of the Orioles) was the other. The Bombers roll on to double up the Royals 16-8.
On other 4ths of August…
1998: Darryl Strawberry’s pinch hit grand slam is the big blow in New York’s 9-run 9th inning‚ as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the A’s 10-5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. It is Straw’s 2nd pinch grand slam of the season‚ setting a new AL record‚ and tying the NL mark held by his former manager Davey Johnson and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also win the 1st game of the twinbill‚ 10-4.
1989: Hard-luck hurler Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when the Yankees’ Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning‚ and Stieb finishes with a 2-1 two-hitter. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th.
1985: Tom Seaver becomes the 17th 300-game winner in Major League history, pitching the White Sox to a 4-1, six-hit victory over the Yankees on Phil Rizzuto Day at the Stadium, as 54‚032 New Yorkers cheer him on.
1984: The Yankees win their 8th straight‚ 4-0‚ over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at the Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than two months ago in an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win‚ and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI. Victor Mata hits his lone career homer
1983: While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3-1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium‚ Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game‚ Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
1978: Baltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his 2nd loss of the year‚ stopping the Yankees 2-1 at the Stadium. It will also be Guidry’s only loss at home this year. (Editor’s note: I was at this game.)
1973: In a remarkable relief performance‚ Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning. McDaniel comes out of the bullpen and goes 13 innings to earn himself and the Yankees a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s home run is the game winner.
1972: Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also trots home twice on bases-loaded walks.
1963: After missing 61 games‚ Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10-9 in the 7th inning of the second game of a twinbill at the Stadium when the stiff-legged Mantle golfs a line drive into the short porch in right to tie the game at 10. The emotional Yankees win it‚ 11-10‚ after the visitors took the opener 7-2.
1962: Roger Clemens is born. Happy 50th to the Rocket!
1953: Vic Raschi sets the Major League record for RBI by a pitcher with 7‚ as the Yanks roll over Detroit 15-0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd‚ doubles home 3 in the 3rd‚ and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the previous mark of 6 RB. His record will stand in the AL‚ but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi’s mark. Raschi’s teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.
1937: Bill Dickey hits a grand slam for the 2nd consecutive game‚ connecting off the Browns’ Vern Kennedy in the 3rd inning. The Yanks need it all as they edge St. Louis‚ 10-9. Dickey is the second American Leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive games: Babe Ruth did it twice
1934: Backed by Babe Ruth’s 18th homer with 2 on and a 2-run homer by Jack Saltzgaver (below)‚ the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 5-1. Jimmy DeShong wins his 5th straight. Lou Gehrig is 0-for-2‚ striking out for the first time since July 16. In the same period‚ he has hit 11 homers.
1932: Bill Dickey returns to the Yankee lineup after his month’s suspension with a grand slam and 3 singles‚ as New York beat Chicago 15-3. Dickey will hit another grand slam on the 10th of September.
1929: The Yankees take the opening game of two from the visiting Indians, winning 12-0. Tom Zachary wins his 7th straight. In the nitecap‚ after trailing 6-5 with 2 out in the top of the 9th‚ Cleveland score an AL record-tying 9 runs to win 14-6.
1925: Every player in each team’s lineup has at least one putout in the Indians-Yankees game. New York win 4-1 behind Urban Shocker
1905: The Highlanders field a unique battery: Eustace ‘Doc’ Newton pitching and Mike ‘Doc’ Powers (below) catching‚ but only Powers has a medical degree. The Highlanders beat St. Louis‚ 7-3.