8/13 in Yankee History
2007: Phil Rizzuto dies at the age of 89.
1998: Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez sets a Yankee rookie record by striking out 13 in beating Texas‚ 2-0.
1997: The Yankees obtain catcher Mike Stanley and infielder Randy Brown from the Red Sox for pitcher Tony Armas and a player to be named later.
1995: Mickey Mantle dies at age 63 from liver cancer in Dallas.
1984: Boone Logan is born. Happy 28th, Boom Boom!
1980: The Yankees trade righty Ken Clay and a player to be named later to the Rangers for 41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry.
1978: The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to the stalling tactics of Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers‚ the game is called‚ and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The O’s prevail 3-0‚ with Scott McGregor getting the win.
1973: Roy White homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees top the Angels 6-0
1972: George M. Weiss, Yankee General manager during the club’s period of greatest dominance, dies at the age of 78.
1969: Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees but does not play in their 5-2 loss to the Twins. Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs for the Twins as Jim Kaat is the winner over Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his first 3 at bats tomorrow before flying out.
1964: CBS buys 80 percent of the Yankees from current owners Dan Topping and Del Webb‚ the sale to go into effect on November 2.
1961: In the first of two with the Senators‚ Roger Maris belts his 44th homer to tie Mickey Mantle. An inning later‚ Mantle hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th‚ but that’s all the hurler allows,winning 12-2. Maris adds his 45th homer in the 1st inning in game 2 as the Yanks win‚ 9-4.
1957: Before Fenway’s largest crowd of the season – 35‚647 – Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs as the Yankees edge the Red Sox 3-2. Mantle improves his average to .384 while Ted Williams‚ with 1-for-2‚ is at .388. A week later Mantle will injure himself when he angrily swings a golf club at a branch and gashes his shinbone. This will effectively take him out of the running for a second straight triple crown.
1939: After losing to the A’s‚ 12-9 in the first game of a doubleheader, the second game is mercifully called after eight innings with the Yankees beating the A’s 21-0, equalling the ML record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren both hit a pair of homers, one each inside-the-park. Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with pitching a four-hitter. Cotton Pippen takes the loss; the A’s will waive him next month to the Tigers. With the win yesterday and the 23-2 win on June 28‚ the Yankees have now scored 18 or more runs against the A’s three times this year.
1932: It looks like the Yankees scoring streak might be broken when they are shut out for nine innings‚ but Red Ruffing (below) hits a homer in the 10th with two outs to beat Al Thomas of the Senators 1-0. Tom Hughes‚ in 1906‚ was the only other ML pitcher to hit an
extra-inning‚ game-winning HR in a 1-0 match. Ruffing fans 12 and allows just three hits in leading the Yanks to their 6th straight win.
1926: Lou Gehrig belts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson, only the second time in his career that the Big Train has surrendered 2 homers to a player in a game. The Yankees win‚ 7-5
1924; The Yankees regain the AL lead with a 1-0 and 2-1 doubleheader sweep of the Browns. Herb Pennock and Bullet Joe Bush get the wins, respectively.
1922: Yankee shortstop Everett Scott nears 1‚000 consecutive games played‚ but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game after a train he is on is derailed. Washington win‚ 3-2.
1921: In Philadelphia‚ 33‚000 fans – the largest crowd to watch a game in the city since 1914 – jam Shibe Park to see the A’s play a doubleheader with the Yankees. Carl Mays (below) wins his 15th straight over the Mackmen as the visitors prevail 7-2 in game 1. Bob Shawkey coasts home to a 13-7 win in the nitecap. Bob Meusel homers in each game.
1920: In a Friday game at Cleveland‚ the Yankees complete a 4-game sweep of the league-leading Indians by beating them 4-3. Bob Shawkey is the winner with relief help from Carl Mays. The Indians leave for their final eastern swing with a 70-40 record‚ with New York and Chicago both at 72-42.
1908: Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20‚000 in Boston. The man of the hour pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes mini-delegation from the New York Highlanders made up of jack Chesbro, Hal Chase and Wee Willie Keeler. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler‚ including a large loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments. This is Keeler’s last appearance this season‚ as he returns home to Brooklyn‚ partly in protest against manager Kid Elberfeld’s authoritarian managing style. Keeler quits without pay saying‚ “I cannot give you a run for your money”‚ He had been ill and muffed a flyball in left field‚ but he will return next season to play under new manager George Stallings.