8/10 in Yankee History
1995: Yankee catcher Mike Stanley hits 3 home runs and drives home 7 runs‚ but it’s not enough to prevent New York from losing to Cleveland 10-9 in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Stadium. The Bombers drop the second game as well, 5-2.
1986: At the Stadium, the Yankees celebrate Billy Martin day and retire his no. 1. In the game that follows, however, the Royals spoil the party, romping over the home side 13-3, with Scott Bankhead getting the win.
1978: Ron Guidry (16-2) tosses a 3-hitter to beat the Brewers 9-0.
1977: Billy Martin installs Reggie Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. The Yanks beat the A’s 6-3‚ as Ron Guidry outpitches Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th homer of the season. New York will win 40 of their final 53 games‚ with Jackson contributing 13 HRs and 49 RBI.
1968: On Old Timers’ Day at the Stadium‚ the Twins stop the Yankees‚ 3-2. New York’s only scores are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt. It is the Mick’s 46th 2-homer game of his career.
1965: At the Stadium, Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankee fielding and Minnesota score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees 7-3.
1957: At Baltimore‚ Mickey Mantle swats his 31st homer and adds 3 singles to lead the Yanks to a 6-3 win over the O’s. Mantle’s homer is the first to clear the hedge approximately 30 feet beyond the 425 foot sign in straightaway center. The Mick is now hitting .380‚ and the Yanks are leading Chicago by 5 games.
1954: Bob Grim becomes the first Yankee rookie to win 15 games since Hank Borowy in 1942‚ hurling a 5-2 win over the A’s. The Bombers pull to within 3 games in back of the Indians.
1941: The Yanks sweep a pair from the A’s at Shibe Park‚ 11-2 and 4-1‚ to increase their lead in the AL to 14 games. Jack Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to Mario Russo (below)‚ while Bill Dickey’s 9th inning triple with 2 on decides the nitecap. Joe DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener‚ but goes hitless in the nitecap‚ the 5th game in the last 8 that he’s been collared.
1935: In the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s at the Stadium, George ‘Twinkletoes’ Selkirk drives in 8 runs‚ one short of Jimmie Foxx’s AL record‚ with 2 home runs – one a grand slam – and a single as the Yankees pummel Connie Mack’s boys 18-7. Lou Gehrig has a homer and drives in 5 runs in the game‚ then adds 4 more RBI in the 7-2 nitecap win.
1934: Following a 10-3 Yankee win at Fenway, Babe Ruth formally announces that 1934 will definitely be his last season as a regular player. He says that he will seek a managerial role and will occasionally pinch-hit.
1927: At Washington, Babe Ruth drives in 4 runs‚ 3 on his 36th homer‚ as the Yankees prevail‚ 4-3. Tom Zachary is the loser.
1904: Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 consecutive complete games. For the year he will win 41 games‚ pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh’s 464 in 1908.