8/11 in Yankee History
The red-letter days -
1980: Reggie Jackson hits his 400th career home run‚ off Chicago’s Britt Burns‚ in the 3rd inning of a 3-1 Yankees victory. It’s Reggie 31st homer of the year.
1929: Babe Ruth hits career home run no. 500 and his 30th of the year‚ in the 2nd inning off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland‚ but the Yankees lose‚ 6-5. Ruth has gone deep 6 times in his last 7 games. The homer today lands on Lexington Avenue and is recovered by Mr. Jake Geiser, who returns it to Ruth. The Babe gives him $20 and 2 new autographed balls for it.
On other 11ths of August…
2003: The Royals beat the Yankees 12-9‚ as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. KC strokes 11 of the 2-baggers‚ just 1 shy of the AL mark. Sterling Hitchcock takes the loss for New York.
2001: Led by the Giambi brothers‚ Oakland beat the visiting Yankees 8-6 for their 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers‚ the second time they’ve both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well.
1998: David Wells stops the Twins on a 4 hitter to win‚ 7-0. In his last start against Miinesota, the Yankee lefty pitched a perfect game.
1995: The Yankees trade controversial outfielder Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league outfielder Troy Hughes.
1994: In spite of an 8-7 loss to Toronto in 13 innings, the Yankees continue to lead the AL East, 6 1/2 lengths ahead of second-place Baltimore. Unfortunately, it will be their last game of the year, as a strike is now imminent.
1967: In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader‚ Al Downing strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5-3. The Bombers will also take the second game 4-1, as Mel Stottlemyre goes the distance.
1966: It’s is deja vu all over again‚ as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer‚ preserving a 6-5 Orioles’ win. Robinson made a nearly identical play two months earlier.
1961: Mickey Mantle (44) and Roger Maris (42) belt homers off reliever Pete Burnside to lead New York to a 12-5 pasting of the Senators.
1955: Bob Turley gives up Ted Williams’ 2‚000th hit‚ a first inning bloop single‚ in a 5-3 Yankee win. Frank Bauman, in his first ML start‚ takes the loss.
1952: At the Stadium‚ the third-place Red Sox‚ trailing first-place New York by 4 games‚ manage just 2 hits off Allie Reynolds, as the Big Chief 7-0. For Reynolds‚ it’s his 4th two-hitter of the year. Mickey Mantle’s first inning homer‚ of Sid Hudson,is all the scoring New York needs‚ but the Mick adds a double in the 4th and a 2-run homer‚ again lefty‚ in the 5th‚ off Ralph Brickner‚ for a 6-0 lead. Boston will fade to a 6th place finish.
1951: In the first game of a twinbill, Eddie Joost homers in the 9th for the A’s‚ who tie the Yanks 4-4‚ but the New Yorkers winin 11‚ 7-4. Sloppy fielding and a two-run single by Yogi Berra account for the scoring. The win goes to Bob Kuzava, lately of the Senators‚ while Alex Kellner takes the loss.
1950: Hitting just .279‚ Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub‚ Cliff Mapes (below), rises to the occasion by walloping a 7th-inning homer to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s.
1934: At Fenway, Babe Ruth hits a homer and then departs in the 9th with the Yankees winning 2-1. The Sox tie it up‚ and in the 13th, Tony Lazzeri (below) parks a homer to put New York ahead again. Wes Ferrell, batting for Frtz Ostermueller, wins the game for Boston‚ 3-2. With Detroit shutting out Cleveland, New York now fall 4 games off the pace in the AL pennant race.
1923: The Tigers sweep the Yanks‚ 10-4 and 9-8 (in 10 innings)‚ in a doubleheader that features the top 2 AL hitters. Babe Ruth goes 3-for-8‚ while Detroit’s Harry Heilmann is 5-for-10. The two are neck and neck at .390 for the year. After the game‚ AL President Ban Johnson rules that Ruth must give up his Sam Crawford bat‚ made for him by the future Hall of Famer. The bat is ‘four pieces of seasoned wood‚ carefully glued together.’ On August 21‚ the AL boss will rule that only one-piece bats will be allowed‚ a rule that also affects Ken Williams of the Browns, who is using a plugged bat.
1921: The Yankees move one percentage point ahead of the Indians with Bob Shawkey’s 7-3 win over the A’s. The two clubs will run in a virtual dead heat through September.
1912: In an 8-3 win over the Highlanders‚ Cleveland’s Shoeless Joe Jackson becomes the second AL player to steal home twice in a game. He swipes the dish in the first inning‚ and then in the 7th‚ he steals second, third and home.
1906: Before 15‚000 at South Side Park, the White Sox whip the Highlanders‚ 8-1. New York third baseman George Moriarty charges the stands and gets into a fight with a fan in the 8th inning before police break it up.