8/06 in Yankee History
The red-letter day ~
1979: The ‘Thurman Munson Memorial Walkoff’.
In a night game at the Stadium following the funeral of the Yankee captain, Bobby Murcer (who eulogized his longtime friend) drives in all 5 runs as the Bombers top Baltimore 5-4. Murcer has a 3-run HR and a 9th inning 2-run game-winning single.
On other 6ths of August…
2003: The Yankees send reliever Armando Benitez to the Mariners in exchange for fellow fireman Jeff Nelson. It is Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Yanks.
1996: The Yankees defeat Kevin Tapani and the White Sox 9-2 behind the three home runs hit by Darryl Strawberry. Straw becomes the eighth player in baseball history to hit three in a game in both leagues.
1982: The Yankees trade Bucky Dent to the Rangers for Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169 and had already lost his starting shortstop job to Roy Smalley.
1981: As a result of the nearly 2-month interruption in play because of the strike, the ML owners elect to split the 1981 season into 2 halvesâ with the first-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild-card team if the same club wins both halves) meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff series. The last time the major leagues played a split season was 1892. The Yankees, A’s, Phillies, and Dodgers suddenly find themselves guaranteed playoff spots as first-half champions.
1972: In action against the Reds, Hank Aaron’s 660th and 661st home runs for the Braves break Babe Ruth’s record for home runs hit with one team – the Babe hit 659 in pinstripes.
1971: The Yankees chase Pat Dobson in the 4th on the way to lambasting the Orioles 12-3. The loss ends Dobson’s win streak of 12 gamesâ his 9 consecutive complete gamesâ and his consecutive scoreless inning streak of 23.
1965: After going 7-for-11 in a series against the White Soxâ Mickey Mantle launches a homer off Mickey Lolich, but Detroit top the visiting Yankees 5-4. New York will win tomorrow and the Mick will add another homer.
1963: The Senators take the first game of a doubleheader at D.C. Stadium from the Yankees 8-5. In the nitecap, the Yanks’ Stan Williams (below) one-hits the home side. The Nats’ only safety is Don Blasingame’s 3rd-inning double.
1961: Mickey Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins, going 5-for-9 with 3 home runs and a double. His 4 RBI give him an even 100 for the year and his homer total is now 43. In the openerâ Mantle has 2 home runs off his favorite pitching target, Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard’s homer in the 10th that ties the game at 6-6. In the 15thâ Yogi Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beats the throw at first to give the Yanks the win. The Yankees win the nitecap by a run as wellâ when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie. New York now lead Detroit by 2 1/2 games.
1956: Yankee rookie Ralph Terry makes his Major League debut at Fenway and picks up his first win with 6 innings of work. He leaves after giving up a homer to Jimmy Piersall but Tom Morgan and Tommy Byrne come out of the Bomber bullpen to save the 4-3 win. Tom Brewer takes the loss. Terry is the last Yankee rookie starter to debut at Fenway this century: New York’s Bob Meyer will take his first bow at Fenway as a reliever in 1964.
1937: In a 10-inning oddity, Cleveland outfielders have no chances against the Yankees. Bob Feller takes a 5-2 lead into the 9th, but the Yankees knot the score. In the 10th, Hal Trosky hits his 2nd homer, off reliever Johnny ‘Grandma’ Murphy, for a 6-5 Indian lead, and Joe Heving replaces Feller. The Yanks put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Joe DiMaggio hits a drive which Tribe third baseman Odell Hale deflects into foul territory for an apparent double. But the plate umpire Charlie Johnson calls it foul, and with both runners scoring, the Indians’ left fielder fails to chase after the ball. The Yanks argue vehemently, and finally Johnson consults with the umpire at third, George Moriarty. Moriarty overrules Johnson, allowing the winning run to score because of the outfield’s idleness. The Indians storm Moriarty (a former Yank), protesting that since the ball had not reached the base, the call was the home plate ump’s to make and ought not to be overruled. The protest will be upheld and the game will be replayed on September 15. In his 9 innings pitched, Feller racks up an unusual double-double, walking 10 and striking out 12.
1928: The Yankees’ tailspin continues, as the White Sox drop them at Comiskey Park, 5-4 in 15 innings. Willie Kamm triples home the run that gives Grady Adkins the win. George Pipgras takes the loss.
1920: Babe Ruth belts 2 more homers, giving him 41, to lead the Yanks to a 11-7 victory over the Tigers. Both homers are off Hooks Dauss, who is given the hook in the 8th. Jack Quinn pitches 2 inning for New York before being lifted for George Mogridge.